My setup for painting "The Deer Field #1"
"The Deer Field #1" -- plein air field study -- oil on birch panel 8x10" -- Margie Guyot
Here it was, early November, and we were having a week with "balmy" temperatures! The sun was "sorta-kinda" out, which cheered everybody considerably. After a series of studio paintings, I was in the mood to get out and do some plein air landscapes. But I didn't want to drive for miles. This field is directly west of my driveway. I've always loved it but hadn't painted it. There is a deer path that runs along this basketbush (in the foreground).
When I painted this, the clouds were moving in and there were no more strong sunlight/shadow shapes. But that's OK, too. I always love the soft colors of late fall. There is a mixture of meadow grasses, mosses and bracken in this sandy field. Lake Michigan is about 1/2 mile due west. If the wind is right, you can hear the waves crashing on the shore.