watercolorI met Rosanne Seitz many years ago when I went to San Luis Obispo to work with a printer on my first giclée prints. At that time, she had a small gallery next door in a renovated building that functioned as an arts complex. I admired her paintings tremendously and also her incredible energy and dedication to the arts in the San Luis Obispo area. Rosanne sent me several stories of her plein air experiences, one of which is included in her feature on Brush-Paper-Water, and I'd like to share another of them here.
"After painting on the Twin Oaks Ranch, I drove up farther on the ranch road and found a group of turkeys under an oak tree quite close to the road. I stopped to take photos and they started walking quickly towards me (thinking I had food). They were upon me in an instant, going under a barbed wire fence. I slid into the drivers seat, not sure what to expect, and turned on the Prius engine (very quiet). They hung around the car. I started going forward very slowly, not wanting to hit one. They parted but kept pace with the car. I drove a bit faster and some dropped away but several kept going. I went faster and faster and two kept pace, running as fast as they could, keeping even with the car. Finally, going about 30 mph, I won the race with the turkeys."
Please link over to Brush-Paper-Water for more of Rosanne's work and a link to her website.