This is a quintessential rural scene from Oregon; the farm with farmhouse and big tall fir trees, green fields juicy with rain, clear blue sky, . This type of scene is slowly disappearing from the Portland area, but is still common in the rainy, fertile western part of Oregon.
I was experimenting with the thick paint and contrasting shapes and brushstrokes while I was painting this scene, trying to focus while avoiding heat stroke out in that field. Dealing with the heat, sun, rain, wind, bugs, and dirt is always a challenge while painting en Plein Aire, and keeping your mind focused on your painting and the finer points, well, that's what it is about. So, I managed to stay focused on playing with all the varied shapes and colors in the treeline and in the clouds, and I think I was successful expressing the feeling of Summer in Oregon in this piece.
Oil paint on canvas board