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Came out of work and it was darn hot. More than darn hot.

After grabbing a little dinner, I went to check out where the Amazon warehouse might be located (about a mile south of the 9&20 split. You can’t miss it – huge piles of dirt being excavated and moved around.

The clouds were more interesting than the piles of dirt. So without further ado, here are tonight’s cloud photos

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World Watercolor Month Day #7, Out and Around

SO BRIGHT and shiny this morning! Stopped to see this in New Lebanon, NY. Perhaps they fixed it up for the recent anniversary year – the water is running and the sign looks new.

Sat and drew this (and not the George Rickey kinetic sculpture in the yard!) while sipping coffee.

Then over to do value sketches the Church of Our Savior, Episcopal. (Note to self: leave ample room between two small areas just in case you have to go outside the lines. Yes, I did a little digital doctoring on the last view.)

Too hot now to be outside – will go for an evening paint hopefully.

Inspiration is a byproduct of discipline… simply getting up everyday and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting.— Beverly Claridge

World Watercolor Month Day #7, Out and Around

Also seen today

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Day Two (and probably the end)

Came home, enjoyed some leftovers (thanks mom!) and sat down to see if I could float in another transparent wash or so on the painting started last night. That seemed to go well (indigo for the win!) and then I took a big deep breath and did the poles, and after another breath the wires. Then it was all bets off so I used some conte crayon and some white chalk and stuff and called it done.

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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.

Painting and Looking

Sunday I drove home the long way, scouting for places to paint.

It was quite cold, but lots of fog and low hanging clouds making it interesting. Took some photos and made some mental notes on future painting spots. Anyway, having just finished a class about simplifying and focusing on shapes and values, out came this:

Still trying to come to grips with hot press paper which just acts different from the cold press I’ve been using all along but it has some redeeming qualities after I get past the “why is it doing that?” feelings. My other two local teachers had each noted that when I worked in a smaller sketchbook with smoother paper that it seemed to suit my style so I’m giving it a college try.

Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration. — De Witt Clinton