Autumn in Minnesota | Plein air painting in the Apple Orchard

I got a message from my painter friend Elaine on Facebook.  She was inviting me to tag along on a plein air painting excursion to the Minnetonka  Apple Orchard just west of Minneapolis.

In Minnesota, we love fall, and we love apples.  And I thought, “What could be more autumn-ish than a trip to an apple orchard?”

We ended up having such a wonderful time that we made a second trek out  to the apple orchard. Trip number one was on a Wednesday.  Trip number two was the next Monday.  I was amazed how many apples were on the ground compared to a few days earlier.  Maybe it was the cool weather over the weekend, or maybe there had been a whole slew of orchard-goers  leaving fallen apples in their wake.  Either way, it was great autumn fun getting to paint the apple orchard twice.

Jeffrey Smith painting in the Minnetonka Orchard
Jeffrey Smith painting in the Minnetonka Orchard
Apple orchard, 8x10, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith
Apple orchard, 8×10, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith