Hill and Vale (beginning stage)

9×12″ oil on canvas panel; click on painting for purchase information.

In September, a few of us of the plein air type set up our easels to paint the beautiful landscape surrounding our home in Chardon, Ohio.  Nothing is more immediate than filtering through you all that you sense to the end of your brush, from the smell of the earth to the sounds in the trees. Whenever I produce a painting outdoors as I did this one, it later has the power to recall all facets of the experience. This is the first half of development in the painting.



  1. Donna on October 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This had to be on campus of Notre Dame in Chardon. Even before I read the explaination. You are so talented Sr. Maresa. Everyday, I look forward to seeing your work. Thank you for sharing!

    • Maresa Lilley, SND on October 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Yes, Donna, I am blessed with this front yard. Thank you for reading my blog, and for extending your kind words.

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