Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Disappearing Marsh, 20x16, oil/canvas

It was a wonderful day for plein air painting today! This small local airport is adjacent to the salt marsh in Hammonassett State Park, you can see the hangers and buildings in the distance here.. The sad thing is that the airport land is going to be developed into housing. More of our open wetlands are being threatened with each passing year. Even more disconcerting is that the housing will be senior housing, but not the affordable senior housing our communities desperately need. These will be luxury homes for the wealthy. One of the important things plein air painters do is capture for posterity our disappearing landscape. That is a sad business to be in. I hope that everyone who views my paintings realizes that my paintings exist because there are still wild places of beauty for me to paint. These places will remain only if make sure they are protected.

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