Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Next time, perhaps, I'll bring a canvas with an elongated format ... or a couple of canvases and make another diptych. It's a tough scene to capture all at once ... maybe I'll plan a two or three day composition at that spot.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
While I was working on another project the other day, listening to the music on my computer, my itunes started playing a recording that I made while Del and I were out painting in the woods near Reardan, WA a few years ago. At that time, we had started to set up our easels and I had issues with mine ... one of the legs broke, making it almost impossible for me to work. I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to just sit back and watch the master at work, take notes, and record the whole thing with my little handy digital recorder. Del informed me that I wasn't getting off that easy ... we would work on a painting together. I was a little intimidated (okay, a lot intimidated) working on the same piece with Del, but it was a blast. He had me rough out the composition, then he worked on it a bit ... then had me do some ... and then he "finished" it up. It was remarkable. I'm posting it below - first time it's been seen by the "public". It's the only painting in existence that we both worked on.
The recording that I made is only about thirty minutes, but it brought the whole thing back to me and I had such a great time listening ... and I relearned a lot of lessons - mostly about painting in the snow. Today, I reflected back on that recording and that nice afternoon out painting with my good friend. To my great delight, I used a lot of the things that I got from that long ago day. Thanks for the lesson, Del ... all eight million of them, you've helped me so much!
As happens from time to time, the painting that I worked on today was sold before I was even done working on it. That's always great for the ego. Why don't I sell something every day? Hmm, I'll have to work on that ... stop hiding from all of those potential patrons. Thanks again for your patronage, Floyd.
Monday, February 7, 2011
There were a few things that kind of conspired against me, and I was not happy about it at all. I felt like I was at a great disadvantage. But, I decided to just work through the things that were bothering me, to paint outside of my comfort zone, and not make others around me miserable as well. It's tough enough to paint in a room full of people sometimes ... there are some things that one can mention ... and other things that are best left unsaid ... or said later when in a cooler frame of mind ... and other ears aren't privy to the conversation.
I wasn't happy with my results ... and, as always, reserve the right to rework it until I am.
After only about an hour, the shiver factor began to take its toll. My concentration dwindled and I had to abandon my work. Knowing that I could finish it in a warm studio from photos was some comfort, but, sometimes I think it's really a hindrance. It kinda promotes a laziness, really. I'm going to have to work on that; force myself to endure a little more discomfort and take the work as far as possible out in the elements ... without subjecting myself to hypothermia, that is.