Come Sit with Me is a 6x8 plein air oil by Shirley Fachilla.
I love Constable, especially his sketches, which have a freshness and spontaneity that is so appealing to 21st century eyes. Of course, in his day, that fresh fluidity was denigrated and called unfinished by the critics.
Our show features a couple of full size oil sketches, a very wonderful one done in preparation for the artist’s iconic Hay Wain. But most of the works are small, plein air pieces done before the Impressionists, at a time when almost no one painted outside from life.
These days, plein air artists travel far and wide for subjects but not Constable. He painted from a very small slice of English landscapes. He knew that the very best places to paint are in plain sight and right in our own backyards.