Sunday, May 9, 2010
'Morel Woods' oil, 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '10
I went to paint the woods behind my house this afternoon. About ten minutes in I found some morels and that was all it took to ruin a perfectly good intentioned day of gathering field studies. Instead my head was glued to the ground for 'mo' morels! I did find more, not a lot, but enough for a taste. More importantly I found out where they are and will be back to check again.
I did paint this little 8x10 study of the interior woodland. This is such an amazing area that I am realizing that it's going to be a never ending source of material for my work. I can see doing some very large scenes of the deep woods. It's almost entirely very large and old maple trees. The canopy is so thick that there is very little under story growth on the forest floor. A perfect hiking and exploring area. And painting area. There are a lot of bugs. Probably bears and according to many around here a possible cougar.
These pics are of the area and of the morels I found.