“I always thought that steeple looked like an old castle, and I always wanted to paint it. I did that one totally on location. Rode up there one summer day. I may have touched it up a little, after I got it home, I’m not sure. But I went up there and sketched it and painted it. I took my chair and several other people went with me. I did a lot on location up there at Creston. I don’t think that one was done in the class. I went there several times when class was over and painted.
You can’t paint but a few hours on location on the same thing because your lights will change, And I would start one in the morning, maybe paint three hours on that one, and then do a different one in the afternoon. And I always try to get the sun and shadows the very first thing, because they’re the first thing that’s going to change. They change awfully fast.”
-Thomas, Florence. The Art of Florence Thomas. Jefferson, NC. McFarland & Company, Inc. 2004.