Tuesday Cold and Clear and Cold

It was 6F when I left the house and all the water in the car was frozen like a rock. That’s ok. I made a big loop, looking here and there and then I came home and did geeky stuff.

Twenty Degrees, Must Be February

This was done from a photo taken this morning. It was about 20°F and too windy even to sit in the car long. I’ve just gotten a couple sheets of Arches Hot Press paper, 140 weight, and this is on that. Much nicer than the Fabriano I’d had but will take some study to make it work. Hot press is smooth; it reminds me a lot of bristol vellum, and it soaks up any water you try to give it, making loose washes behave very differently.

Meanwhile, the wind has been howling for two days. Knocked down an old wolf white pine last night (without damaging anything apparently, although one branch was still dangling menacingly from a power line). Tonight when I stepped out to take a few photos, it was breathtaking, the effect of wind chill. Feel lucky that nothing happened here – lots of roofs got blown off, trees fell etc with power outages.

This morning brought some sun and so did the late afternoon which was very welcome indeed, with or without the wind.


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

Glad Solstice!

After what seemed like weeks of grey raininess, today the sun made a late afternoon appearance. I DASHED out of the house. It was 31F and falling with a good breeze so it was not comfortable painting weather but I went and watched the sun set and took a lot of reference photos.

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Last weekend I headed over to the Clark to see the new Turner and Constable exhibit. The weather guys were all screaming about possible ice so the galleries were quite empty. The exhibit was quite nice, not huge or splashy but well curated. Since a few of the pieces I often visit there were on special display, I was pleased to see that room displaying a group of works by Gainsborough. These were mostly graphite and ink, sketches of landscapes, animals etc. There is also an exhibit of works showing or reacting to natural disasters.

Coming out of the Clark after a lecture by the curator of the exhibit, the sky was fascinating and I wasn’t the only person standing in the parking lot looking up.

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Frost Day, the rest of the photos

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August Already?

That means it’s time for August Postcard Poetry once more. This year I really feel the struggle between words and painting/visual stuff, but will endeavor on. First a quote via Brain Pickings:

The world is violent and mercurial – it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. — Tennessee Williams

Today on Facebook we kept on keeping on but we put some extra effort into posting some funny stuff and we succeeded! Almost felt like the interwebs of days gone by but in these days having some funny stuff (even obligatory cat photos are good) is super important. I explored the web and the non-news-news awhile and just posted interesting and often pretty things. It’s all good.

In that vein, I have been lax in uploading and sharing photos of recent sunsets and clouds seen locally:

First, July 27, 2018:

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on an evening with a lot of still-coming weather.

The next night I went to a local conservation area after work and arrived just in time to take these photos. I then quickly set up my painting gear, put some cobalt blue onto paper to start the sky and promptly got rained on. (The good news – the next day I brushed the pages of the sketchbook with clear water and was able to remove ALL the blue and use those pages for something else!)

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And then tonight, wherein I stopped because of a band of huge towering white clouds which had moved far off by then. There were already a few people snapping away at the setting sun but I took a lot of photos of the rest of the clouds too.

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So Much Depends…

On a red shopping cart.