Wednesday, May 25, 2011

necessary R&R

After many years together, my appendix and I have parted ways.
Working on healing, and trying to get back to work as soon as I can.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 7th, Plein Air

After an April that felt like a mere extension of March, and a beginning that included snow, May is finally coming into its own. Sunshine, landscape carpeted in green, and even a few blossoms here and there.
I've been working mostly in watercolour lately, on some small but very labor-intensive landscapes. I'm hoping to get some of them completed this week. After an afternoon inside working on several of these, I packed my oils and headed for the hills.
The woods are gorgeous just now, but somewhat intimidating to paint. It can be hard to see the forest for the trees, you know. But I do want to go back and have a try anyway. Last night, since it was already getting late, I settled on a little area looking uphill, into pastures and fields, where young poplar trees grew along a fence line. These trees don't yet have leaves, and the old dry weeds still stand tall in the new green growth of spring, while large clouds move slowly across the sky.
The beginning doesn't look so promising...

The clouds are sketched in, and the trees begin to take shape.

And there you have it!
This painting was done in oil on linen, and measures 6"x6"