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

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Sunday out and around here and there

I went and procured tomatoes. Real ripe tomatoes. I needed a tomato sandwich and I needed it bad. I had a peach for dessert.

Diddled around at home for awhile and then went out late to the nearby pond and enjoyed the late day sun changing into evening. Painted a little just trying to capture something of the color and light. Took photos. Came home.

All in all a successful day. See the Flickr album for all the sights!

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Now I just need to write out the two postcards for the weekend – how fast August has gone! August Postcard Poetry Fest has been very good both in the writing and in the cards received. Yesterday I got four cards – WOOT – and one of them had been “commented” on by someone in transit, presumably a postal worker. We often imagine people reading them as they move from poet to poet but someone sure read that one!

Things Seen While Wandering

Along the road into Papscanee Preserve.

Some of the corn near here had small ears despite not being very tall.

Calling It Done

It was way too hot to sit out in the sun today so I wandered around a little this morning taking some photos and then came home and finished this.

Full View, 12 x 16 inches

Detail

Wednesday Night

Came home today and sat down to paint. Step by step we reach our goals, right? Added quite a bit, managed to leave a lot of white areas where there would be flowers and realize deep in my heart that dark colors are really something I need to get comfortable with. Very odd since in fabric I’m all about the darks.

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work. Remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die. — Daniel H Burnham

Fall Sneaks In

went for a little drive to soak up some of the fall colors and ambiance. Found some side roads I’m not sure I’d been drown before, finally found Powell’s Conservation Area. Saw some folks out riding their horses (waited politely in my turned off car for them to pass by). Down by the conervation area I saw the most amazing views of the Catskills. Amazing! A woman I’d seen walking her dog stopped in her car to remark on the view and told me I should go up the hill into the field but I like to respect No Trespassing signs. Color me crazy. Maybe next time I’ll figure out where to ask permission.

Click on the photo to go to the Flickr Album!

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Velvety Goodness

Is there anything more velvety than a horse’s nose? (and additionally, is there anything more able to seek and blobber around until it finds the slice of apple it hopes is in your palm than a set of horse lips?)

Probably not. The two horses and I enjoyed the sharing of a big carrot and an apple, aka horse candy. I was surprised how quickly they came over when I pulled my car over since I had nothing but pats for them yesterday.