I have not managed to paint in almost a week but Debbie and I have been spending lots of time with our grandson, Jack, while his Mom and Dad care for his new little brother who is still in hospital. I love my art but grandchildren easily trump painting.
I went out to the Scout Camp to help with some maintenance work but I wasn't needed and fortunately I had my paints with me. It was another perfect day for painting so I managed two painting this afternoon and I am happy with both of them.
The first one is of Mount Nemo as seen from the edge of the camp property. I have been struggling for ages trying to go bolder quicker and I came to the realization that I am using far too much water. I could have bold colours but the thin washes meant they faded to almost nothing when they dried. Now instead of adding layers of colour and often overworking a painting I am sometimes having to remove some paint. It is way more fun this way.
This second painting of the day was from the exact same spot but a slightly different angle.This barn was across a couple of bright green fields and nestled up against the maples on the side of the escarpment. I could have done at least five different paintings from this location and every one a different subject matter. What a great location.
I went back in and reworked this painting a little. Can you tell the difference between this and the earlier posting of this painting?
I darkened the top of the sky and lightened the background hills to give it more depth and I worked on the forground tree to give it a better shape.
It was another fantastic day to paint today. Warm and sunny but there was one challenge. Gusts of wind kept trying to blow my easel over. It only actually went over once but it was after I had finished so no harm was done.
The wind is blowing a lot of the leaves off the trees however there are still areas of absolutely brilliant colour. I actually saw this view from two concessions over because it was glowing so brightly.
I had another first, for me, as a plein air artist. I finished my painting, packed up and headed to Tews Falls. A white pickup truck followed me all the way from Fallsview Rd to the parking lot at Tew's. The driver said that he saw my car parked with the trunk open and now there is a pile of garbage by the side of the road. He accused me of dumping it. I explained that I would be more likely to pick garbage up than to dump it and showed him my painting. He seemed to accept that.
This view was far more exciting and brilliant than this photo makes it appear. That is the advantage that an artist has over a photographer. We can paint a scene the way we see it and not necessarily the way it is.
It was an amazing day to paint. I stood on a hill in shirtsleeves. There was glorious colour all around me and I loved how the red in the barn mimicked the colour in the distant trees. The thick fluffy clouds rolling overhead made it a perfect fall day. It was about as close to studio conditions as I am likely to get outside so I cannot blame the weather for any faults in the painting.
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I have been painting although nowhere near as much as I should be. This was painted Tuesday afternoon at Valleyview Farm just west of Dundas. It was a perfect day to paint, cool and dry. I will probably do a little more on this one however I need to look at it for a while so that I have a better feel for what it needs.
Seeing it here I realize that the foreground trees look a bit scrawny and need some work and the sky needs to be a little darker at the top and graduated to give the painting more depth.