The Road Home

  In September The Ohio Plein Air Society held their annual Paint Out in Alexandria, Ohio. My painting  "The Road Home" was selected after the competition to be shown in their show for two months at Sunbear Gallery.   In this plein air competition artists are given locations that the land owner has approved the painting on their property. We also had the option of just driving around until we found a spot that inspired us.  The event last three days with Friday and Saturday for painting and Sunday for the judging.  Friday i was driving around looking for a spot and was captured by this farm early in the morning.  This is a 15X30" board and I think I liked the way using a long rectangle helped convey the acreage on which this small farm was sitting. The fields at that time of year were that wonderful golden color.

  In September The Ohio Plein Air Society held their annual Paint Out in Alexandria, Ohio.
My painting  "The Road Home" was selected after the competition to be shown in their show for two months at Sunbear Gallery. 
 In this plein air competition artists are given locations that the land owner has approved the painting on their property. We also had the option of just driving around until we found a spot that inspired us.  The event last three days with Friday and Saturday for painting and Sunday for the judging.  Friday i was driving around looking for a spot and was captured by this farm early in the morning.  This is a 15X30" board and I think I liked the way using a long rectangle helped convey the acreage on which this small farm was sitting. The fields at that time of year were that wonderful golden color.

Bridge in January

    Our home sits up on a cliff above the creek and for 10 years if we wanted to drop down to play, our transport was a heavy yellow rope tied to the big Maple tree.  Otherwise we could take a path that slowly descended to the bottom. The rope has been loved by the kids and not so much by me.  Last summer we had a bridge built the spanned a ravine and wooden steps taking us down to Big Walnut Creek. This has been a gift that has brought such joy to the whole family giving access to all who wished to be up close and personal with the fishys.
    

Fireflies and Stars

     The night before heading out on a weeklong backpacking trip in the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania I was restless in a second floor room in our B&B.   The night was beautiful and I look out onto an expanse of field between the home and the mountains. I was mesmorized by the seemingly continuation of the fireflies and this starry night.

Last Light

Artist: Carolyn Heffelfinger
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Sized: 6"x6"
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   This small painting was from my thoughts of a sunset over the dunes by the Atlantic.
I love the way the brush works show in the photograph.  Its said there is a green flash right at the moment the sun dips below the horizon. I keep watching for it.

Trail to the Cave

Artist: Carolyn Heffelfinger
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 36"x48"
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In the Fall I had to deliver a painting to southern Ohio and we stayed in a cabin in the area.
In the morning I took a trail called Cave Trail and was awed by the way the light filtered through the trees in the forest.   This painting won Best of Show over many entries at the Cultural Arts Center in Delaware.

Heading Out

Artist: Carolyn Heffelfinger
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 8"x10"
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 For the past 7 years I take a week long backpacking trip with friends and Heather.
I decided to paint the trail at Laurel Highlands from the perspective of Cheryl and I hiking ahead. I'm guessing we were photographed by the stragglers!
  My trail name is Small Curly and if you were standing next to me you would know why that is so.
I get so much inspiration from being in the woods for this extended period.

Dog and his Boy

Artist:  Carolyn Heffelfinger
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size:  24"x 36"
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Izzy our golden retriever is always so excited to go down to play in our creek. It was the perfect summer day for my grandson Harrison and her to do some stone skipping while cooling off.
I think i captured the distance and mood of the day.

Tunnel of Trees

Artist: Carolyn Heffelfinger
Medium: Oil
Size: 6"x6"
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     Beyond our creek is a woods and in the woods our neighbor farmer has cut a path where i sometimes walk with Izzy.  The painting reminds me of a road in western Michigan which is called Tunnel of Trees. I've ridden my bike on it a few times and the trees almost meet above the road. 
The light at the end where the field starts is what interested me in this scene.

Free Music in the Park

Artist: Carolyn Heffelfinger
Medium: Oil
Size: 6"x6"
Price: $

   We took the island ferry to Ocracoke on the Outer Banks to attend their summer music festival.
The weather was perfect so that in the mornings i could go for a beach run. In the evenings all over the island musicians played in different venues.  The central park was set up with a stage and lighting and there was something magical about the stars, lightening bugs, and good music that made it a vacation to dream about during those long Ohio winters.