Photos from the Fourth

Here are most of the photos I took during my travels on the Fourth – to the Clark, along the Green and home again.

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Clouds 19 June 2017

these clouds were definitely wet in wet! Rain to come.

all the photos!

Doing The Work, The Learning Process

Tuesday when I went over the hills to the east, I did two paintings at the Clark. The first was smaller, 5×7″, and my intention was to try sketching, color and value while trying out the plein air “thing”. My paper and board tried to blow away, my water tried to blow over, my brushes fell into the bottom of their travel bag. You know. Juggling in the wind. Meanwhile I was sitting on the cold ground with my little beach backrest hoping it wouldn’t suddenly dump rain on me.

The second I did I moved to my 8×12″ sheet of arches and started from the covered but still breezy Crystal. Man those colors did not want to cooperate. I saw pinky orange, bright yellow-green and dark trees and well. Part of it I know was impatience. I know I should let things dry before adding more color, filling in darkness but for whatever reason it wasn’t happening and so it didn’t work out all that well.

[Note to self- this is why you should bring a thermos and a snack – to divert yourself while letting things DRY!]

This really bugged me so I decided yesterday I would NOT do a scene but work on hot press paper which isn’t my favorite just on trying to get those colors. I didn’t tape down the paper – just stuck it with water to my table. I stopped before I got fiddling with things. Like the bluish color of the main distant hill better. Like the trees more but… meh still not quite it. Will try a different approach next.

On to the next!

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

and keeping on keeping on!

Today in the Sunshine

Also found planted in the nearby garden, in case I ever need to verify my location:

I’m off to the Clark Art in Williamstown to look at new things and see the movie I, Claude Monet. I wonder if future people will be rummaging through our emails to gain insight about what we did today?

NaPoWriMo, Day Six

Guess what? It’s raining!

Impression of rain,
falling? Seen through window, a
cold April morning

The window lit grey,
mocking the white of snowfall
needs a second look

Puddles rippling,
rain silent as a ninja
stiking invisible

the air bears no drops
but viewed against darkest pines
a mere shimmering

how then to know rain?
step out, look up, close your eyes —
nature washes down.

In Other Neighborhood News

I have freed the mailbox!

Snow Day

Today is my regular day off but turns out the world is pretty much closed today too. Colonie Center closed early and after letting people show up for work, Crossgates closed too. Must seriously be coming into the end times for that to happen.

Anyway, I’d gone and done regular grocery shopping yesterday. The shelves of Hannaford were pretty well stocked on a Monday morning but the aisles were filled with people I don’t normally encounter. Some were snow-panic buying but most were just a little… odd. Met two quilting friends along the aisles paid for my stuff and got out in time to have lunch with mom. Definitely able to stay the course and eat well at home. The liquor store was closed though due to water damage so there’s a wine shortage. oh no! No, it’s ok. Really.

Stopped at Staples who had no pink index cards but I got the nice young woman in the printing section to cut up a half-ream of card stock so I could send out pink postcards tomorrow. (the mail will be running right? neither rain nor snow nor dark of night???)

So far today I’ve shoveled once, trying to keep up with the plowed pile at the end of the driveway. Grateful for my OR gaiters that I’d gotten for my trip to Wales – keep the snow out and my legs warm!

Now I’m in for awhile, drinking hot tea and thinking about what to do next.