Plein Air Oil Painting of the Quarry Swimming Hole

Plein Air Oil Painting of the Quarry Swimming Hole
Plein Air Oil Painting of the Quarry Swimming Hole

Quarry on the First Day of Summer (oil) by Polly Castor

I painted this on location at our local quarry swimming hole a couple days ago. It was my first visit of the year, which means summer has officially begun! I have frequented this lovely spot for decades but never painted it before.

It is 12×16 and done in oil. See the full work above and close up details below.

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I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Denise Casey 6 months ago

    Your finished painting is beautiful! I love the rich textures and the depth of the colors!

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      Polly Castor 6 months ago

      So glad. I love painting here with you and Anne.


  1. […] is just below the one of mine below, and hers is titled The Quarry. She painted it in plein air with me at our quarry last June when I painted this one. I especially loved seeing it there, for I remember well the exuberance with which it was painted. […]

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