While in Winter…

paint wintery scenes…

Stopping on the side of less today because, well, I think it just looks done or enough. I see I left out some things of the foreground and the mid-background but I’ll look at it again when it’s totally dry.

January Almost Gone

Been a little too cold around here to paint outside much. Even today which touched above freezing was really too cold to just sit somewhere and try to get something done while everything freezes. Today I did get some reference photos and tried one of a scene that I’ve admired for awhile. I’ll need to go back on a sunny morning because it just shines.

This was a recent very cold morning.

And about a week ago, another collection of barns and sheds.


I went out yesterday, when there was a little light and found a spot to watch the sky and throw a little paint around. A man pulled up and leapt out of his car to take some photos. In the direction he was looking, there was a lot of color, so I headed down the hill and chanced pulling into Darrow Rd to see what could be seen there. I took a bunch of photos and tonight sat down to see what might happen.

What I had been painting:

What I had been painting the day before

Cold January Hath Arriveth

Last night the howling wind continued but it blew away all the Farenheits and this morning it was 15F.

I toodled off to Williamstown for an hour of drawing from selections in the Manton Collection at the Clark. An hour isn’t a long time to draw. I went in with the idea that I’d try to work faster – to put down the values. I worked a bit longer on the first one and then did a few more very quick ones, the final one done from a work by Francois Bonvin seeming so abstract that even I couldn’t tell what it was until I walked up to it and discovered it was a still life of inkstand and pens and desk paraphenalia LOL. Mine was definitely not that.

Came home and took a deep breath and finished this.

I’ve always said that if I become Queen, my first mission will be to bury all cables because, frankly, it’s all out of hand. I’d gotten it to the “oh it’s a pretty local scene” sort of thing last night but committed to at least one pole by putting it in in a faint blue. Sorry I didn’t scan it but at least I took a reasonable photo.

And here’s a sketch based on Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer, 1514 and a still life by Francois Bonvin.

From the Quote Box: Perseverance

perseverance, n. A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success — Ambrose Bierce

Taking Time for a Take Two

This was the first take

and this was the do-over.

Doing a little painting in the New Year

January has been moderately cold and very gray and rainy. Not great for painting outside. A few days when the sun has popped out I’ve run out to chase it and at least take a few photos to document that the sun is still around!

Sunday I painted in the car and did these two versions of a scene down at Ooms Conservation Area.