Tonight’s Small Painting

adventures in blue and yellow – now dry

but this time in paint. They change so much in the first 24 hours and of course scanning is better than handheld photos. First one is a quarter-sheet size – 12″ x 16″, second an eighth or so. Third one is still being experimented on.

Light and Clouds

Today I saw an impressive cloud stack to the north while I was driving home:

In my rear-view mirror I caught glimpses of the sun and clouds settling to a bright colorful show before sunset. All I could think was – hmmm that would be fun to do with paint! These photos were taken while pretty wet. Maybe there will be more to do when it’s all dry – we’ll see.

The End of A Day Off

Winter’s here. Yes there was some sleety, snowy, mixed-precip sorta stuff but tonight friends, there was roof avalanching.

After a day of reading news stuff and trying to wrap my head around what a person might do, I watched a movie (tiny dose of Cumberbatch – August Osage County) and then I headed off to make paint hit paper. Has luck would have it, a piece of Arches came to hand so I felt it just had to start off well. Now it really needs to dry before finishing and that’s ok because I’m sort of finished myself.

Sunset, October 11

I did spend some time at home and all but the trip to Ghent (all those squirrels and all the rest and even a couple groundhogs) this morning and the trip out tonight to check out clouds was well worth it. Click on the photo below for the whole album.

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TGI… um what day is it, anyway?

Yes, I had that moment today. Thought I was going to writers’ group after work, thought I was off the next day… only to realize that it wasn’t Sunday after all, that it was Saturday and in fact I get to go to work on Sunday (all over again).

I made a quick stop at the Nassau Post Office on the way home and finally caught a Pikachu! Only the second one I’ve ever seen.

Then I came home and started a small sunset scene in watercolor. I’m trying to teach myself to wait, to let things dry before going on to the next part. Do like how the clouds came out though.

Then I looked at the little Windsor Newton Cotman travel kit I have and decided to add it to my color swatch page. It has half-pan colors in not a half bad array although if I was filling my own half pans I’d have different colors. I’d found some of the plastic corrugated board I’ve been using to tape paper down to and cut it to match the size paper I’ll be traveling with. At that point I didn’t have much oomph left so I watched a few “traveling watercolor kit” videos, two of which showed taping down a stack of paper to a board. That seems a little excessive. I don’t mind packing some tape. I was thinking of cutting some Arches paper to bring and that could go sandwiched between the two boards. We’ll see.

TGIF

It was a long couple days for no excusable reason, so I paused to watch the sunset on the way home. It was quiet and the sunset was interesting without being outrageously gaudy. Click below for a few selected photos.

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