The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Katy Trail (Augusta, MO)
August 30--9am
"Katy Trail, Late Summer Morning"
Oil   11x14
Inspiration and Design: View subject
My wify Penny and I camped out at Klondike Park in Augusta on Friday and Saturday night of Labor Day weekend.  Our intention was for me to create some new paintings of Augusta, and for Penny to complete her book.  On Saturday morning, we awoke to a very damp, but clear morning.  The first painting subject selected was bicyclists on the Katy Trail in morning light.  We found a good vantage point near the intersection of Augusta Bottom Road and Schell Road.  The location was fabulous, except that flies were amazingly numerous and pesky.  Fortunately, I had a good painting, and Penny had a good book.  The scene was magnificent in composition and color.  My approach for the painting was to simply capture the chief characteristics.  As it was built on an abandoned railroad line, the trail lays out flat, and you can see the route for miles ahead.  The day would be warm, and the shade provided by the intermittent mature trees along the trail was welcomed by the bikers.  The Augusta River bottom, off to the left for most of the trail, seemed endless and was moving to harvest stage and color.  Abundant wildflowers grew in the wild section off the right of the trail.