90 From Life: Day 28 – “Witch Hollow”
This is day 28 of my 90 challenge to do one new painting from life each day.
Today I wanted to do a rural landscape of the kind I haven’t done in a couple of years. Although I’ve always done landscape sketches on the side for my own pleasure, lately they’ve all been of the urban type, but today I wanted to get out in nature. I realized what I’ve been missing, and this was probably a warm-up for more and better landscape in the future.
This was done in a rural area about 45 minutes northeast of Boston, at a place called Witch Hollow Farm. After I got back to my studio, I did a quick search, and it turns out that there actually is a connection between this place and the 1693 Salem witch trials.
At any rate, this was a quickly done sketch – about 45 minutes on site and somewhat less time making adjustments in the studio – most of all I just wanted to state the large masses accurately. I chose to exaggerate the atmospheric perspective (which means the objects get lighter and bluer as the move farther from us). The row of trees at the back of the field on the right were probably no more than a few hundred yards away, if that, and probably would not have so much lightening. But, I wanted to strongly reinforce the sense of distance.
Here’s a video where I show the model I worked from, and discuss the outcome of the painting: