I’m trying to settle into a routine. I’ve been doing some sketching and small paintings; trying to find something I want to spend some time on. Here are a few things I’ve been working on:
I’m thinking of doing a series of small paintings of some of the houses in the woods here. The Cascade Head Ranch community deliberately builds houses that blend into the forest. There are lots of rules- you can only use cedar siding, no wind chimes, no bright lights after dark. (As a result, it’s very very dark here at night. When I stay late in the studio, I have to wear a headlamp when I walk home.)
Anyway, I’m intrigued by the shapes that the buildings add to the forest, geometric shapes that are half hidden or skewed by the surrounding vegetation. Some sketches for possible paintings:
I haven’t been as productive as I would have liked in the past few days. Partly because of rain. I don’t mind painting in the rain if it’s just a sprinkle, but drawing with charcoal in the rain isn’t so good. Plein air painting is tough, and I’m starting to really understand how strenuous it is. Lots of schlepping around with equipment.
A few links to share:
Ken Kewley‘s paintings and collages.
A nice video of Gillian Pederson-Krag talking about painting. Gillian was an artist-in-residence at William and Mary this Spring. Unfortunately, I did not make it to Williamsburg to meet her or see her exhibition there. But her work is wonderful and I really enjoyed the video.