“Before the Storm”, Open Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 24″
I was at the Black Mountains overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 342.2. My intention was to paint a sunset, so I set up around 5pm and started blocking in the shapes using darker than normal midtones anticipating sundown. When plein air painting, I paint for three hours and stop. Two hours in with storm clouds building it was obvious that a colorful sunset was not in the cards. Oh well . . .