Friday, October 31, 2008

View from my School

I love everyone's fall photos. Here are a few of mine from my brand new school. I have been waiting for the leaves to turn so I could photograph the extraordinary view from my school's faculty room. These pictures do not do the scene justice, so please click on them for a better view. (I should have uploaded them in the larger format). The leaves are turning a little, but I think they have a way to go. (This has been one of those weird autumns) I may snap a few pictures next week. I would like to do a painting of the view, but I do not feel like dragging my easel, paints, etc. to school on a Saturday. (I'm getting lazy in my old age). There are some dramatic shadows in the morning that I can't quite capture if I paint on location. I used to be a purist when it came to painting a landscape from life. I am warming up to painting from photos because they capture the moment. I drive to work and see such beautiful lighting that can only be caught by camera. (I will justify it because I taught traditional b&w photography for years). I will play with these different images and try to come up with a good composition. I will probably take out the electrical towers and fences, but I think sometimes they can be interesting additions. Your suggestions are welcome! Happy Halloween everyone!


dive said...

What gorgeous views, Neetzy. I am so jealous!
From my office I can see Big Ben and the London Eye but only one tree, just across the street.
These photos make me want to just breathe deeply in that beautiful clean air.
Sigh …

neetzy said...

Thanks Dive,

The photos do not do the scene justice. Our old school was in town, down the street from the stinky old paper mill. This new school is just around the corner and up on the top of a hill. Tomorrow I will try to post some of the photos I took around my home. The foliage is beautiful. We have hit the peak. I will enjoy it until all the leaves are blown away. I have resigned myself to painting from sketches and photos this year. The light was very fickle. It seemed that everytime I had time to paint, the sun disappeared. The light is better in the photos. I think I have enough plein air experience to work with the photos.