Painting in the Rain

That’s what the first part of yesterday was all about. This morning has stopped raining for the moment so I guess I’m heading back out there.

And then the vultures came.

Painting in the Rain

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That Bright Shiny Thing…

in the sky… what was that?

That was yesterday. Today, it wasn’t raining but there was no sun, and since I was off I got out there and tried some painting.

And then it rained some more.

So I came home and drew a couple things for the online people-drawing class.

That Bright Shiny Thing…

Sunday, With Snow

There was a little snow and sleet this morning but since we are all in the day-one-of-daylight-savings-time fugue, it didn’t seem so bad.

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.

Short February

Tuesday I went over to the Clark to hear a talk about John Singer Sargent and had a short time beforehand to look at some new and newly rearranged things in the gallery – where did the nymphs and satyr go? Off visiting no doubt! And to look out of the windows at the gathering afternoon.

The next day I did these two versions of a scene of shadows. The first was done on a 6″ square of hot press paper and the second on a larger 9 x 12″ or so piece of cold press.

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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