The model and I had been working all morning on ideas at a farm near Lawrenceville. Now it was after noon, between twelve-thirty and one. The sun was high overhead and the light was at its most harsh.
While driving between the fields in my truck I saw that she could be skylit on the hill in the plowed field. This would take advantage of a light most artists and photographers shun. I stopped the truck and the model kicked off her shoes. Walking down the hill I realized that in order to get the correct angle I had to shoot the photos while lying down in the field.
The model started doing her “rain dance”, as she called it, on the top of the hill. I concentrated on getting the exposure correct, while at the same time keeping her in the frame. We knew we had something - a nice theme - after reviewing the photos. The next day we went back with a different dress to get more references.
Inspiration is the fuel driving the painting to completion.
Both paintings 6x8 framed oil on linen