Several busy weeks have kept me from doing much painting or sketching. Finally I was able to get out for some painting and sketching yesterday and this morning. Yesterday, I was painting up in the Slate Valley area of western Vermont and eastern New York state, preparing for a solo exhibit at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville NY. More on the paintings and the exhibit in a future post.

Morning Light on Carpenter Hill Road - watercolor plein air painting by Tony ConnerThis morning, I painted along Carpenter Hill Road here in Bennington. It is one of my favorite local painting locations. This mornings subject was early sunlight, shade and shadow on the trunks of the trees that line the road. The morning was quite chilly and a bit damp so I was forced to dry the painting inside my MDU (Mobile Drying Unit – otherwise known as my car).    The colors of autumn are starting to show in some places here, but not along this stretch of Carpenter Hill Road – it’s all still very summery greens.   As mentioned in previous posts, I mix my landscape greens using various combinations of blues and yellows.   In the cas of this sketch, the greens are mainly cobalt blue or cerulean blue and permanent yellow light. For the darker greens, French Ultramarine was used with the permanent yellow.

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Thanks for looking! More sketches of the day can be found in my “Sketchbook Posts“.
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