I've had the pleasure of painting plein air numerous times throughout the spring and summer. Many times I'll go out with local Sacramento artist friends to catch some unique spots. Since two rivers run through Sacramento, it only seems fair to paint it.
A plein air painter really only has a couple hours to capture the scene before the sun changes all the shadows and color. That is one reason why many plein air paintings are smaller in size. This piece is no exception. I painted on an 8x10 panel and completed in about 2 hours. Later I reworked a few areas in the studio. Barricaded by a few rows of trees, Sutter Landing felt like I was in a different city. It was quite and peaceful as geese and ducks accompanied us.