Painting in the woods on a May day
Donaldson's barn site
It is morning, about 9 am, and I am sitting in the woods on the spot of the old Donaldson barn. The stone foundation is still there, rocks rough cut and arranged to support a pole barn. It was an active farm for many years. Before that, as long as 500 BC, it was used by the Native Americans.
If you look into the woods, you might be blinded by detail, green leaves from both ground vegetation and tree leaves fill the visual space. Tree trunks break up the landscape. Every plant is different as is every tree. Even trees and plants of the same genre are different, responding to their place in the sunlight or shade that affects its growing.
I am going to show you a picture of the scene, looking down the gently sloping forest away from the barn. Then, I will show to you my watercolor impression of the place.
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