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The exploring of this new place! Allen complains that I have dirtied my little Chevy Equinox enough, and it is time for a wash. Must have something to do with the rectangle of dirt left in the driveway after it rained? Couldn't resist a drive down Jordan River Road to enjoy the autumn color along the river valley. The logging they've been doing didn't help the "road" much at all, so I got a little concerned when I confronted a boggy, black, rutted section. I wasn't the only one enjoying the fall color in a commuter car, so there's that. Sometimes, you have to get a little muddy to find the really interesting views.
I found a great spot to settle in and paint, right on a culvert. A lovely, warm autumn afternoon. As the plein air didn't quite get finished, but there was enough color recorded (and photos taken), I began a larger canvas in the studio.
The weekend after, I returned to Jordan River Road with my friend, Susan. We got some amazing photos, and were having a great time until I realized it was small game/bird season. We got out of the car, went to get more photos of the river and a group of hunters were a little too close for comfort. They shot off a few rounds over Sue's head. I KNOW they heard us yakking, the car doors opening and closing on the road, so no idea what they were thinking. For sure they heard EXACTLY how I felt about this, after the second shot. Ugh!
Allen dug through his hunting stuff, and I now have a very large (and very loud) orange hoodie. There are some plein air situations Up North I really didn't anticipate. But I do like how the painting turned out!