Knowing that I need more photographs with new subject matter for painting throughout the winter, I asked my wife if she wanted to go explore the Virginia countryside around Charlottesville. We’ve always enjoyed our photography outings, whether it was along the coast of Maine or now in Virginia.
For me it goes all the way back to childhood. My Aunt Eleanor used to drive me around neighborhoods when I was a very little kid in her VW Bug. She told me I used to say to her “Let’s go get losted”. I would stand up in the back seat (before seatbelts and car seats) and hold onto the loop hanging from the roof, as she would drive around endlessly pretending we were lost! LOL
So recently we packed a cooler, popped the dogs in the car and headed west toward Charlottesville. It’s a little over 2 hours from Williamsburg. Knowing that there are rolling hills, beautiful countryside, horse farms etc… I figured I should be able to get at least some paintings out of the trip.
Well, we didn’t get “losted” because we had GPS, MapQuest print outs and the iphone Siri to talk to and ask questions! :-) We drove around rather aimlessly searching for several hours and didn’t have much luck until near the end of our search. Fortunately, along the way we found a good NY slice of pizza at Fabio’s Pizza in Charlottesville to hold us over and keep us from getting cranky. :-)
Here are some of the photos I took from our trip. They aren’t what I was looking for but I think I might be able to get a painting or two out of them. They are all from the Trump Winery outside of Charlottesville which we stumbled upon. It has tremendous acreage, beautiful rolling hills, a pond and vineyards. It would be a wonderful place to set up the easel and paint plein air.
It was a long day on the road and I’m glad to be back at the easel!
I would love to hear from you as to which of the images you like.