Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Main St., Mechanicsburg - Dianne Lorden

Last Saturday, during Mechanicsburg's wine walk, I had the pleasure of working on a plein air streetscape for a few hours. It's hard to believe now, but I actually got too cold to continue. I wasn't dressed for the overcast, breezy day (with the occasional drizzle) and had to pack up a bit early. But the folks strolling around town were very pleasant and interested in watching me work, which is always enjoyable.
There were a lot more cars on the street than I included in this pastel. I orignially didn't want any cars in the picture, and it really proved tricky dealing with all the traffic while trying to work out my view. So, at the time I left, there were blank spaces were cars were parked. I took a few quick photos and packed up. Then, at home, I discovered my photos were not what I needed to "fill in the blanks," so to speak.
I set the picture aside for a few days to garden. Today I looked it over and said, What the heck - I'll just put in the cars.
So, there you have the story of this ... not-exactly-accurate, but colorful result of my first plein air outing!
My work can be seen on South Mountain Sketchbook

8 comments:

Mary Beth Brath said...

Wonderful post Dianne. Thank you for participating in our 12th Annual Art and Wine Walk. I hope you will consider showing this piece in the gallery.

Cecelia Lyden said...

Charming painting, just like the streets of Mechanicsburg.

Sue Marrazzo said...

This looks great!

Tatiana Myers said...

Very lovely Plein Air pastel, Dianna!

Debra Kreiger said...

Awesome Dianne.

Dianne Lorden said...

Thanks, everybody. It was really fun - now that I've warmed up:)!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is fantastic, Dianne!

Christine Marx said...

Captivating! I love street scenes and you really did a beautiful job.