Last summer as I was painting at the old Shenandoah School House in Plymouth, California, I noticed a dog come around the schoolhouse from one of the near by vineyards. He seemed to be on a mission and ducked through an opening under the school house. It was hot so I thought he might be going in to take a nap. A few minutes later the dog appeared with 3 snakes dangling from his mouth. I always look around my painting area for snakes but seeing the dog and his find made me a bit jumpy. Plein air painting has its rewards and it concerns. Painting at the old schoolhouse made for, "A Painting Day".
Side note: Theresa Paden, an artist blogger, has challenged herself to paint 50 horse paintings in 50 days. Today is day 50 and she has all of the paintings available to view on her blog. Theresa is also offering one painting for free and the details on how to win this painting are on her blog. Part of all sales will be donated to the California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai .
"Schoolhouse View"-6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre