Plein Air painting at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable

The conditions for plein air painting this morning were about as good as they get! The Barnstable Plein Air painters met at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 8:30 am. There were so many options for gorgeous views! I chose a trail which led down to the beach where I looked across Cape Cod Bay to the dunes at Sandy Neck. Interestingly, I didn't paint that view. Instead, I looked to my left and to my right and did 4 different small quick studies of the beach and distant water views. The sand was sparkling and the grasses were brilliant. I was attempting to do the 360 in 60 challenge. The object is to place your easel in 1 location and paint 4 small studies in 15 minutes or less each. The artist has the opportunity to play with composition- high horizon or low? Zoom in or zoom out?  It's all there for the taking!  

 Here I am taking in the view, deciding what I'll paint. Thanks to Wendi Smith for taking this photo!

Here I am taking in the view, deciding what I'll paint. Thanks to Wendi Smith for taking this photo!

 Here is my 360 in 60

Here is my 360 in 60

 My last painting- this one a bit larger 7 x 10"

My last painting- this one a bit larger 7 x 10"