No painting by me today...so I thought I'd share this great photo of Andrew Wyeth, painting plein air on his jeep hood. (Photo by William Waterway Marks)
----------------Andrew Wyeth (1977) painting en plein air in a field on his Cushing, Maine farm overlooking the ocean. Wyeth's faithful yellow lab companion usually accompanied him on such outings. In the photograph, Wyeth is painting a scene of a sailboat cruising on the ocean as seen through a vista revealed between two clusters of trees. This particular model of Willys Jeepster Convertible allowed for Wyeth to comfortably paint plein air scenes. The hood of the Jeepster oftentimes served as a mixing palette. The front bumper of the vehicle was the perfect height and protruding width to allow Wyeth to comfortably rest his feet while perched on the hood.
Nearby on the ground is the portable box within which Andrew Wyeth transported his pigments, brushes, and assorted painting tools. He used a Mason Jar to transport his water for mixing colors and always had a rag handy for cleaning and drying brushes according to his artistic needs. At times, Wyeth would use the vehicle's hood as a palette to blend his pigments. This photo was taken by William Waterway Marks, who, along with his two horses, was a guest on the Wyeth farm for ten days. At the time, Marks was reaching the end of his 7,500 coast-to-coast horseback trek across America entitled, Ride For Nature, and Wyeth offered sanctuary to Marks so he and his horses could rest. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth were introduced to Marks by mutual friend, the artist, Eric Sloane. Today this Willys Jeepster Convertible remains on Wyeth's Cushing, Maine farm, which is under the care of Wyeth's son, Nicky Wyeth. Nicky Wyeth continues to drive this Jeepster on local errands. (From Wikipedia)