Leading Edge of Spring,
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
Last week, I met up with Plein Air Austin at a member's ranch outside of Austin to paint in the gorgeous spring weather. Picasso's "if only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes," came to mind as I fought with myself over the vibrancy of the greens this time of year. It's truly hard to believe just how "spring green" everything around here is right now. The shock of it is twofold after the drought we experienced last spring, summer, and fall. Fortunately, the skies were generous with the rain this winter, and we are enjoying the fruits now.
I did notice (as happens when painting outside), that my greens seemed brighter outside....things can tend to "darken" when you bring them in, which simply means my eyes lost the battle to my brain.....maybe next time...