Friday, 7 November 2014

cotton and home!

A couple of things..........the above plein air is 16x12" and was done on site in St. Matthews SC at my neighbor's family's cotton farm. It was a little gloomy and I didn't finish but I got lots of photos, spent hours looking and have a real concept for how I want to paint the cotton portion of the painting. I am hoping to works out!

This is the 10x20" painting I began before I left......I made pretty good progress today after having to spend much of yesterday doing boring things like going to the Toyota dealership (for hours) and getting my hair cut. I leave for Texas in a week and am planning on traveling through northern Alabama and Mississippi and painting on the way. Since I have no idea of what I will see, I don't know if this is practical or not but that's my plan.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

a bit of a series in 2x1 format

Just a couple of things..........I am (honestly) nearly done with this one. It turns out I did a lot more work on it than I had anticipated. I got involved in the structure of the wave and wanting to get the highlights to my satisfaction. It is now so incredibly wet that I had to put it aside.

This is the same little girl with the same pink tube (a different wave) and I wanted to do a vertical this time. I just began this one today so I haven't gotten very far yet and I lost the light quite early today. I am going to have to get some blinds for the windows in my studio because the angle of the sun comes in and distorts everything no matter how I arrange things. 

I will be traveling this month so my posting might be somewhat erratic. The first trip is quite an area in western SC to my next door neighbor's family farm. I am going to paint & take photos of rural SC as well as gather some cotton stalks (a long story unrelated to painting) and he will be a good guide & it was nice of him to offer). About mid-month I will be leaving for Texas to help my daughter prepare for her wedding. I am also planning on taking my time and painting along the way but I really don't know what to expect! I'll be home before Thanksgiving but am excited about seeing different parts of the country and painting along the way.