Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dreaming of Sun
The weather all around the country has been very unseasonable, around here cool, overcast, drizzly. I had planned to start getting outside to paint, but circumstances have conspired against me. There's the weather of course. But also I decided to economize on a french easel by buying one on eBay. I won the auction, then waited and waited. Finally I got an email from the seller saying his house had been hit by a tornado, that the easel was OK (like I cared at after he told me a tree was in his living room), and that when his car was fixed he'd mail the easel. Sigh. Bad luck for him, but I find myself hoping he can find a way to get to the post office so I can get practicing for an upcoming plein air event.
In the meantime I have been doing a little watercolor work. I was reading a couple how-to books by Charles Reid, trying out his approach to painting people. I don't think I'll ever come close to the way he paints, but I did have a good time with this. I am afraid I borrowed the source photo from someone on Flickr, then didn't keep the link, so this sun worshiping lady will have to stay in my practice notebook, since I don't know who to ask for permission. I liked how her arms framed her face, and the strong shadows and highlights.