Mother’s Day, Day Off

I had dinner with mom after work last night and she suggested that I go painting today. But it’s Mother’s Day, you know… Nope, she was pretty sure I should go painting if the weather held. So in her honor I took the new pochade box and all the gear and found the little Hand Hollow Conservation area in New Lebanon.

Right at the split of Hand Hollow Rd (?) and County 9, it was nicely marked, had a little parking area and trail maps and a nice pond with a couple picnic tables. Perfect for setting up the tripod and box. Because it rained buckets last night I used my beach backrest as a dry seat (because you know, wooden picnic table benches…). It was brisk so my black cap was welcome, as was the thermos.

Three cars pulled up while I was there, folks getting out and stretching their legs on a beautiful afternoon. The trail information talks about what to do if you come upon a bear – do not approach! make a lot of noise! – but all I saw was a pair of Canadian geese and small birds.

I tried very hard to channel the Brits and splash in washes to help define areas. I was not dismayed when the gray sky , which I’d painted rather well, turned beautiful and blue. I was more than glad to change that around. I was sorry no one wandered by to look over my shoulder while I was merrily dashing the initial washes about.

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It’s here at last!

The UPS man finally came this afternoon with my box from Judson’s Art Outfitters:

I spent some time cutting one piece of plastic corrugated board the right size to fit inside and one that’s just the size of the box – 10 x 13″ – which fits the paper size I most commonly use. Now I get to fiddle around with what gets stowed permanently in the box etc, along with what palette is going in there. I think I’ll fill the new little Schmincke box and see how that goes. Still need to figure out what everything will go in – water bottle, etc. Most people put everything into a backpack I gather. I’ve been using an llbean totebag.

Have to say I’m super excited. This is a “second” from the Judson’s site and I found one little ding on the wood. Nothing that wouldn’t happen in the normal course of things so I feel like I got a great deal!