I spent much of today working on a couple of oil paintings, and hardly got out of the house. It probably looked much like this in the woods between our house and the main road, painted from a photo I took earlier this month.
I painted this while having coffee with my neighbor Aimee this morning.
Its on some kind of printing paper that sucks.... literally. It has little sizing, I guess, and the pigment sits on the surface as the water is absorbed and there isn't much way to get any gradation. We had some sunshine today, but probably snow tonight.
I painted from my car again from the dock island looking towards the mouth of the Salmon River. The tide came in and covered part of the sandbar (the strip in the water) as I painted. Not much color today. I was about to start another painting and then it started snowing. I added the snow after I got home with gouache.
I went through my 100's of little paintings yesterday, mostly from around 2006 and so much enjoyed looking at them. I t was surprised by the changes in the landscape in the last decade and it was interesting to see all the ways I've tried to paint the same places over the years. I'm so glad I have them... they bring back many wonderful memories.
Well, I decided to try to do one everyday again and post here. I'm having a feeling of deja vu, as I've been here before, resolving to paint something everyday and not following through. Its been especially hard the last few years since I've started doing mostly oils. Whatever, I'm starting again one more time.
I drove down to the beach and painted this from the car looking east from the dock island. It's small, about 3x3 inches done in a little handmade book. Its almost 4 PM now and I haven't done anything yet today.... better get with it if I'm going to.