Oh boy... it's a late one tonight! A delay to the start, for a good cause, and the temperature a pretty chilly version of September... 58ºF with a 10kt wind... and I'm finishing up past midnight tonight. NO BUGS!!! I live in a fairly small town, lightly populated area, so once the summer temps are gone, along with the summer visitors, and the temps get down to sweater weather the streets empty out long before the Ten O'Clock bell sounds. Because of that I don't head out into the rural areas and park on a deserted road with my book light shining; it's just not smart. You feel pretty much alone and vulnerable to anything or anyone in that situation. So tonight I went into the town of St.Croix Falls, WI on the other side of the river from Taylors Falls to paint off of their observation deck that overlooks the river and the power plant. The power plant went into service in about 1912, following the elimination of the white pine forests and the logging industry, using the river for power seemed like the next best way for the fat cats to make more money off of the abundant natural resource that had drawn man, first Americans and Europeans, to the area for centuries.
9/2-1 'Dam Lights'
At one time this dam supplied the majority of the power requirements that St. Paul and Minneaopolis, MN had. I painted it for the April Marathon during the day and it makes an even more interesting subject at night.
9/2-2 'Taylors Falls from St Croix Falls'
Last week it was 90º and higher. Tonight I had on heavy long pants, three shirts, a sweater, a polar fleece and my toes were cold! After painting 'Dam Lights' I decided that all I wanted to do was to get #2 done and go home. So I just turned to my left and painted Taylors Falls as it appears from St Croix Falls. I actually really like this kind of painting, especially after the more controlled way that the first one had to be painted. It has an expressive aspect to it that I like.