I began this painting on location in plein air, positioning my easel on a path along a hillside that overlooks the out-buildings of a working farm, The farm is nestled in the rolling hills of the area where I live. I was intrigued by the shapes of the rooftops, along with the dark shadows that defined them. When the watercolor was mostly done, I applied a wash of gesso to some areas to unify the background, and am pleased with the way the painting conveys the charm of the place.

- Catherine McCargar

Early Light

Watercolor painting on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front

14" h x 20" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

Getting to Know Catherine

Catherine McCargar created her first work of art at five years old, a snowman drawn on blue construction paper. A group of artists invited her to try plein air painting and she fell in love. In her eyes, “the time spent composing and recording in the open air is invaluable to breathe life into a painting.” Catherine currently lives in California and loves tending her garden and being creative in the kitchen when she’s not painting. Fun fact: she occasionally writes stories for her granddaughter with accompanying ink drawings; she recently wrote a series called “Baby Owl Learns to Fly.”