Happy Accidents

While painting The Nest, I propped up the panel on two tiny little cheap canvases that I picked up from a craft store. I had been schlepping them around in my plein air kit forever but never used them. At just 3X5″ I just couldn’t figure out how to get a landscape view within those tiny confines.

Well, by using them to prop up the board, I got some brush marks onto their surfaces with some very nice greens. When I turned them upside down I suddenly saw tiny paintings emerging.

Can you see them? I have stood across a creek (otherwise known as a river everywhere else in the world, I think), from scenes that look like this many, many times here in the Northern Neck.

Can’t see it yet? Try this?

Here they are a little bigger. These were fun to do and such happy accidents.


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2 thoughts on “Happy Accidents

  1. Gotta love happy accidents! If you can, flip the bottom support on your easel upside down. Then you won’t need to prop up canvases to paint the lower edge. I flipped the support on my own easel when I started painting on thicker canvas. It made my life so much easier.


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