Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 15 - 30/30 Challenge - Autumn Walk, Ninagret

Autumn Walk, Ninigret
Pastel, approx 12.5" x 9.5, $150

Two posts in a day! Scary!
Looking back over the paintings I've done so far, one would think that I'm either extraordinarily depressed or I'm enjoying the limited palette experiment. I don't think it's the former, though I think I have certainly had enough of the later. It's not that they're bad, or depressing subjects, or feel depressing when taken one at a time. But when I look at them together...

So from here on out I promise to USE A COLOR! Maybe even more than one.

Update: I felt increasingly yucky as the day went on, so I decided to finish a painting I started back in October on my trip to Rhode Island. Happily, It has a lot of autumn colors!

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

After I visited Pt. Judith (see blog post here) I took a drive over to Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge in Charlestown, about 20 minutes away.

Ninigret started out as farms, but in the '30s the Navy bought up the property and turned it into a flight training facility for the Navy. Known as Charlietown, it was in use, in one form or another, until the early '70s when it was turned over to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Now it is acres of reclaimed marsh land, scrubby forest and huge meadows where the runways once were. I saw wild turkeys, deer and lots of birds. The leaf color was really peaking and I walked about 3 miles. There was something beautiful to paint around every corner. It was late afternoon, and the cloud cover started filling in so I stopped and started to paint this plein air.

I think it's done. I might do a bit with the sky and maybe the upper right side. I have to sit on it a bit and see if it tells me anything.  I hope you like it!