And Also Seen!

Along Highland Rd near Ooms, these beauties were willing to chat it up along by the fence.

And Also Seen!

Thursday: Snow, Wind and Clouds

After a howling windy night and a mixed-precip morning, I went to do a little cloud-chasing, taking the southern route home over county 28.

That landed me close enough to Ooms, so I sat there awhile and did a sketch before starting home.

Thursday: Snow, Wind and Clouds

The Sun! The Sun!

I literally ran out of the house this morning when the sun appeared and found a scene to paint, even before starting to sip coffee! That is how sun-deprived we’re all feeling about now.

This one I did at home. I’m trying some new paper by Hahnemühle. The last two are 300lb Cezanne paper (cold press) which is quite a bit stiffer than the 140 I generally use. The first was 140 but a different type that is only sized internally – it’s their Turner line. It’s quite a different experience from the Arches that I have been using from the start. I bought full sheets of both to try and the Turner is smaller (20×26″) than most sheets (22×30″) which confused the heck out of me but I worked out the math to cut it up. Another good use for the mat cutter! This paper came via Acuity Paper in Indiana.

And in case you wondered – was that Mary Beth out there at the side of Old Post Rd? Here’s how you can tell:

M4KE 4RT

The Sun! The Sun!

Third of February – Blue Sky

I was being good and staying home sorting stuff for trash night when suddenly the world turned bright and shiny. The first photo was taken this morning when it was still pretty grey, of a shrub of bright red berries I admire often.

I did these while sitting in the car – just a hair too cool to sit outside for long. I realized though that the main problem with this – the lighting inside is too dark. Will have to dress warmer I guess!

Third of February – Blue Sky

Happy New Year!

It was thirty-three degrees Fahrenheit and not-quite-raining out as I went outside to see the new year just now. I opened the door to let the old year out and the new yer in and then, as is my own tradition, I stepped out to see what the year and the night held. Only some muffled fireworks could be heard and a little wind through the trees.

The house was feeling nice and warm afterwards and my even warmer bed awaits.

All the best to all my family and friends out there in the world. Find good things and fun things and important things in the coming year!

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
— James Dean

And may all your colors be genuine in 2020!

Happy New Year!

Thursday evening, painting at Ooms

I took myself and my paint gear, along with a new Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook out to Ooms conservation area late this afternoon. It was a good outing, and the book seems good – more hot press-like than cold and did well with pretty wet painting even though it’s not a cotton paper. Afterwards I stayed for the sunset.

Thursday evening, painting at Ooms

Sunday Paint Day

Went out and took advantage of a bright cool day. That brings its own challenges of fast-drying paint but I soldiered on.

Sunday Paint Day