Monday, day before yesterday, I drove west to Adrian, Oregon and proceeded up the road to the Owyhee Reservoir. I searched for a scene to paint en plein aire. It is difficult for me to boil things down or simplify, so I don't often paint things like buildings, doors, windows and the like. I look more out in the distance and fall for the long look.
At the top of the first hill I spotted a nice valley and the sky and lights on the hills attracted me, so I pulled over and set up to paint. Setting up remains a chore and I really must find a quick easel and palette for plein aire. I am too cheap to buy something pre-made. Anyway, I am thinking about solutions.
I painted for a while and a farmer pulled over to check on what I was up to. He informed me that people came up that way and killed deer that feed in his fields in the mornings and evenings. They shoot from their cars/trucks and just speed away leaving the animals dead in the field. He wanted to make sure I was not one of these poachers. I was horrified to hear that was an ongoing problem. It appears another dark spot of inhumanity in this day and age.
The good part is, I enjoyed painting a nice 8 X10 oil. I focused on lighter values. Most often I go too dark. The photo, in this case, is not as good as the actual painting. My photo results are often better than the original, but not in this case. The trees, blobby looking things in the middle of the field look much more like trees in the painting. I may still be a bit too dark in values, but I tried to indicate shadows and it was a bit of a dreary day.