My friend Myrrh Haslam and I drove west of Houston an hour to the area of Chappell Hill and Magnolia for a day of painting. I left my house at 6:30 a.m., met Myrrh in between our homes, and off we went! When we started getting into rolling hills we got off the freeway and drove around til we came upon a horse farm! We set up right on the side of the road, which wasn’t very busy and painted in the shade of my car. It was early enough and the sun was low so that worked out. The horses on the other hand, were not as cooperative. Too much moving around! But we both did paint the barn, a windmill and some other little structures. I was feeling fresh so I grabbed an 8″x10″, sometimes a challenge for a plein air painting, but it worked out just fine.
By now it was lunchtime but feeling motivated to paint as much as we could, we forged on to find our next spot. We found this third spot not too far from the highway, almost hidden by trees along the farm road except for an opening and gate for the farmer. So we pulled off and set up with this beautiful view in front of us. We brought along chairs and had our lunch overlooking this view.