Crandall Field, Take Two. Oil on cradled gessoboard panel, 16x20
Honestly, I'm not sure about this painting. I began it in February, on a relatively warm Rhode Island afternoon. Crandall Field in Ashaway was oddly green for a midwinter day, though snow stuck in gullies and shady spots.
The sun shined very brightly, with that clear, sharp light it gets sometimes in New England in the winter. People and dogs crossed the field. A man used a radio controller to fly a toy airplane. The shadows stretched along afternoon's flank.
I painted some of this piece in plein air, and most of it in my basement studio. I like parts of it - the houses along Route 3, near the top of the painting, the way the light slips through the bare branches of the trees. I like that I put people in the painting. But somehow, it feels more like an illustration than a painting. I am not sure I can explain the difference. Can you?
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