On Saturday morning we drove out to Erie, PA and stopped at this small beach to sketch.
"The Danger In Leroy Township"
9x12 oil on canvas panel.
On Saturday afternoon we stopped in Leroy and drove through Indian Point Park in search of
a subject to paint.
As we drove down the gravel road (Indian Point Road) and came out of the park I saw this appealing
scene and thought it would be fun to paint. About 40 minutes into my sketch a big red truck
came roaring down the road from the farm up ahead. The driver screeched to a halt next to us
and proceeded to threaten me, implying that he had a weapon and that the road and the side of the road was private property and I had to leave immediately. I think the photo my wife took of me painting, clearly shows that I am in line with the utility poles which is public land, NOT private property. Btw, for those that live out there, the truck had a NOVAK LANDSCAPING sign on it. We called the Lake County Sheriff's office...they declined to come out. Apparently threatening two people on the side of a public road is okay out there.
My advice; Avoid Leroy Township and don't expect the Lake County Sheriff to help
you if you are threatened or in danger.
I'm not even going to get into the trucks that crept up on us from behind or followed us back to the highway...
An interesting day of painting. It started at a lake near Wellington. A beautiful morning and a nice shady spot under the pines. After the first sketch, we decided to drive over to Oberlin. We stopped for gas and then noticed a plume of black smoke...there was a barn on fire about 200 yards away! We watched the firemen for a few minutes and then continued our trip. Oberlin is a pretty town but we encountered an unusually high number of jack asses. A very obnoxious and rude college girl in a Ben Franklin store and several car stereo sound systems that were so loud they bordered on a "assault" They "music" was offensive and hardly more than a collection of every four letter word they could think of. Lastly, a car parked a few feet from us threw a firecracker out the window. As a plein air painter, I have encountered all manner of jerks while on my painting expeditions, this was a first.
My advice to other painters, visit Wellington. It is a beautiful small town.
The Dog Tracks restaurant is great, the waitresses are the best and there is an abundance of subject matter. On the other hand, Oberlin is pretty but not worth it if it requires dealing with so many ass holes.
A most awkward, uncomfortable position for painting. The ground was soft and on an incline, with a willow immediately behind me. I usually stand at the easel but with branches at head height it made more sense to sit under them. I was too far into the painting when I realized one side of my camp stool was sinking into the mud. As quickly as I painted, there were lots of aches and pains by the time I got home. The title comes from the poem THE BROOK by: Alfred Lord Tennyson
12x9" oil on Arches paper.
The success of the auction for Bob Walkers daughter has encouraged
me to expand the auction and open it up to any and all available
paintings on my blog...there are probably 500 available paintings and
sketches for sale through PayPal but we are open to any and all offers.
All (100 %) of the proceeds will be sent to Mckenzie Walker (7 yrs old)
in care of her mom, Darsey Fogg Warham.
Email your offer to; firstname.lastname@example.org or click the PayPal button under the painting.