Saturday, while the weather was nice, I went to a new spot to paint outside… a water canal park which is part of the Hudson River Canal System. There is lots of water, and marshy areas that are really beautiful. As I was walking along the path to set up my easel there was a four-foot heron who decided to walk a few feet in front of me on the path. Surprisingly he was not afraid of me, and we walked “together” for quite a way. As I watched him I thought what a wonderful unexpected guest! But as my day went on, I was quickly reminded that all guests aren’t created equal….
After I set up my easel and started painting in the late afternoon sun, I was attacked by a swarm of gnats! And when I say swarm, I mean swarm. They were getting on the painting, in my hair, and biting my arms. And, guess who forgot to pack the bug spray? Needless to say, the session was cut short, and the painting finished in the studio. Here is my painting, Canal Park, which holds memories of two of the most unexpected of guests. ~Rita