Today’s 50% chance of rain turned out to be benign light showers. The weather changed frequently back and forth between overcast and brilliant sun. It was a perfect day to be outside working next to a slow flowing river. The antique stone bridge crosses a small stagnant side channel. Cars within the park continue to travel on it, somewhat incongruously, and so far too fast to record in paint. Neither are outdoor painters as common as they once were. Still, I was surprised that an entire family, including the dog, chose to stand directly between myself and the motif, wiling away summer hours, pitching stones into water, barking ignored orders at both dog and kids, oblivious that they had not only entered, but were obscuring, the scene.
ABOVE: Stone Bridge, no. 1, oil on paper, 5.5 x 7 in, (14 x 18 cm), 8/22/09
Charles River, no. 4, oil on paper, 9 x 10.25 in, (23 x 26 cm), 8/22/09