Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Spring Rains and Distant Hills

While in North Greece, at the top of Frisbee Hill, I started this painting. It was over-cast, and sure enough, after a while it began to sprinkle. We had to call it a day because, although I can work outside in wind, snow, cold or heat, I can't work in the rain. Each raindrop looks like a small explosion in the pastel dust. I did have the start of a good painting though. With a bit of touching up of the splatters made by the rain, it worked out to be a very nice painting.SOLD

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Spring at Lake Ontario

The other day, while painting along Lake Ontario, I had the unfortunate experience of having my whole painting, board and easel fall into the lake. I fished it out and, after watching it dry in the sun, decided the image still looked pretty good. I continued to work on it and felt that the fall in the lake actually did it some good since it had washed away some of the over-worked areas. I was pleased with the results and set it upright in the sand to go and look at my friend's painting. I turned to go back to my painting and discovered that the wind had blown it facedown into the sand! Even so, it still looked pretty good, but I decided I'd better quit while I was ahead and packed it up to go home. It turned out to be a great painting.