Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time after Time...

Water Music is an 8x10 oil don in plein air by Shirley Fachilla.

About once every 18 months, the Chestnuts (my plein air group) paint many, many paintings of Nashville’s little gem, Radnor Lake. We then put those paintings on sale with a chunk of the proceeds going to benefit the park at Radnor. 
I joined in the paint-a-thon, of course and painted the babbling brook you see above. It depicts Otter Creek, a stream that flows into and then out of Radnor Lake. About two thirds of the way through my painting, I realized that I had painted the same stream from the same spot about 18 months before. 
This time the brook babbled and sang; last time, it was a dry creek filled with debris from prior flooding. Both times that very spot had a tremendous appeal to me as a painter. I have no words to explain why. Maybe the painting can.    
If you live nearby, please come see our show, Love the Lake Art Show, Friday Oct. 5 through Monday October 8, at the Radnor Lake Visitor Center, 1160 Otter Creek Road in Nashville, Tennessee. Times are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on the last day when the show closes at 3. 


  1. Beautiful painting Shirley, I like the peaceful feeling this painting has.
    Wonderful plein air work! Good luck with the show.

  2. Hello Shirley!
    I love this painting and its title.
    Great colors and atmosphere. Serene comes to mind.
    Well done.
    Take care.

  3. The mood of this painting is delightfully restful, Shirley. With that being said I love your contrasts - verticals/horizontals/ warms/cools and defined/undefined edges. Lovely!

  4. What a lovely scene. You must have had a wonderful time here. It looks soft and warm.

  5. Your colors and sensitivity to design really work with the plein air landscapes you have been doing. I love them!

  6. Love this Shirley!! Can't wait to see it in person this week!

  7. Just lovely. You did an amazing job on the falling water!

  8. Charming artwork - I agree with Karen every aspect is so pleasing, mood, composition, colours, values... Thanks!

  9. And i love this one too... Brushstrokes, harmony of the colors, subject... all :)


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Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...