When I visit my friends in Tyaskin, Maryland, they always have projects for me to do …. painting projects.

Another artist’s painting….. no longer loved.

Anita purchased this painting more than 35 years ago.  She loved it….. but now she doesn’t….. It was going to be discarded.  Ouch!

I was asked if I could modify the painting, eliminating all of the blue ……

For me, it was a 30″ x 40″ canvas that would end up in the trash if I didn’t rescue it in one way or another.  I coated it with two coats of gesso, which luckily I brought with me.  I spent the morning painting, en plein air, Anita’s Baccharis.  Inspired by the autumn tones in the landscape, I created a new painting on the recycled canvas that now hangs happily on her wall above the piano.

Abstract Oil Painting inspired by autumn Baccharis

My heart bleeds for the original artist….. I apologize for painting over your painting.  However, if someone decides they don’t like one of my paintings that is hanging on their wall.  I hope they have an visiting artist friend who will give my painting a new life rather than throwing it away.

October on the Wicomico River in Maryland is perfect.  I don’t have to wear a bee keepers face mask to protect myself from mosquitoes!

Wicomico River, oil painting, en plein air

The colors are simultaneously muted and bright once the mist has lifted from the water.

Plein Air Oil Painting:  5″ x 5″ color study on gessoed birch panel.

This was, before the flood of rain, a dirt road winding through the woods along Muddy Hole Road in Tyaskin, Maryland.

Along Muddy Hole Road, Tyaskin, Maryland 12″ x 16″ oil painting, en plein air

I enjoyed the challenge of so many shapes and textures of grasses and trees.  I tried to play the cool greens against the warm greens.  A wash of Terra Rosa worked well as an underpainting color.  Fortunately, the bugs left me alone.  On rare occasion a car would drive by, slow down, then back up.  Two smiling faces would peer out the window at me and a pleasant conversation followed.  I was the rare bird from New Jersey who chose odd places to paint.

This, like most of the paintings I did on this trip, is a two hour painting.  I mixed most of my colors, comparing them carefully on my large palette, prior to applying the first brush stroke.  This is the first time I’ve experimented with pre-mixing colors.  I wouldn’t have been able to get this far in two hours if I hadn’t made sure the colors worked together on the palette first.  When painting alla prima, it is difficult to correct colors on the canvas without getting muddy.