A Late Paint

From Kristy’s Barn in Castleton/Schodack.

Hope you all go out and look at that moon, too!

Took some nice photos of the sunset after this. It was good to go out and look at the sky. I managed to buy a smaller and a larger rigger brush today – the latter is more like a long bodied round brush and is very nice to use as a small brush. And some Winsor Blue (red) and a second small tube of Turner Yellow… and some paper… because they had full sheets of the same paper as in the sketchbook shown above… Sorry. Not Sorry.

I hope to do it better in time. I myself am very far from satisfied with this but, well, getting better must come through doing it and through trying.
— Vincent van Gogh

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Is there green yet?

Went for a little drive but even though the sun was out in spurts the land is no-color in great quantities. And, despite the recent warmth, there were little bits of hidden snow/ice.

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Waiting for Spring

Only a few more days really, but in practicality a few more weeks before things start to warm up for real. I did venture out today but it was so windy that, even parked, the car was feeling the strength of the wind. So, just a couple sketches and then home.

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What’s in YOUR car?

It’s almost that time of year, emphasis on **ALMOST**. Right now it’s still a bit chilly and often windy to sit outside and paint, so I’ve been painting in the car. Here’s a quick look of what I have with me. Also there’s a jug of water and a recycled bottle or two of water and a bag of old tshirts torn up to use as rags.

This is what I use when painting in the car: my roll of brushes, palette, paper, sketchbook (right now it’s a hand*book with watercolor paper, often it’s a Strathmore sketchbook), and a cup with a smaller cup which both fit in the car’s cup holder. I can use a drawing board or the corrugated plastic to hold paper using clips.

Here’s the pack and a shot of the tripod which lives in a side water bottle pocket. A water bottle lives in the pocket on the other side. Another one can live next to the guerilla box inside the pack if needed. The roll of brushes and the palette fit nicely on top of the box.

Here’s almost everything that’s inside the pack and the box. In the rearmost section of the pack are a couple pieces of corrugated plastic that protect some sheets of paper torn to various sizes. There are some spare clips and whatnot in one of the top pockets. Sometimes the damp rags and waterbowls live in a front pocket that seems waterproof lined rather than plushy. Sometimes the brush roll lives in the box.

Not seen: a great folding chair that is very light and which can be strung from the pack with a strap system made for camera tripods, easy on, easy off.

What I like about this pack – it’s light and has a pocket large enough for the tripod and a clipping strap that helps secure it. It’s not over-engineered inside with too many pockets and divisions so the main compartment is big enough for the pochade box with the palette and brushes on top of it. (I took those with me when shopping!) The back compartment is big enough to hold paper sizes that are reasonable to travel with. I’m pretty short and it’s not too big and I can comfortably use it, with or without the waist belt. What I like about it everytime I use it – it has a strong handle on top and one midway on the front so it’s easy to pick up and move around, even fully loaded. I do try to keep out frivolous things and sometimes rearrange it for a particular place.

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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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Patience is Needed

I’m trying a local scene that has some deep shadowy colors and some glowy things. So, I’m going slow, building up some thin layers of paint. This calls for a lot of twiddling your thumbs while things dry. Anyway, here’s where I had to stop tonight because it just had to dry completely and there will be at least one more big pause for drying before it’s done. We shall see.

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
— Dalai Lama

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A little afternoon painting

I sat in the car today, window cracked, listening to the wind. That field in the foreground held lots of evidence of rabbits, deer and fox.

When I got back home, I watched a very large, very fat groundhog, ferrying leaves and sticks to an unseen burrow across from my driveway.

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