Where Otters Play is a 16x20 oil by Shirley Fachilla.
First half was done plein air; second half was memory and imagination.
This painting was begun by the
late on a summer afternoon.
The day was winding down, and the canvas was bigger than my usual plein air
size. I didn’t finish. I color blocked and had to stop. Harpeth
I brought the piece home and told myself I would return again in the late afternoon on another day. But life (and procrastination) intervened; summer turned to fall then to winter. I didn’t go back. I hadn’t taken a photo. So I remembered, and I imagined.
The most important memory? Remembering what I wanted the painting to be about when I was there on the bank of the Harpeth. This I did remember very well, and this I tried to put into paint.
Where the Otters Play is one of the paintings I have in the Nature’s Legacy show to benefit the Warner Parks of Nashville. It’s a Chestnut affair this weekend, Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, at the Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee.
If you’re in this neck of the woods, please drop by. There will be literally hundreds of beautiful paintings by the Chestnut Group, and a chunk of all sales will go to the parks.