Friday, September 28, 2007

Miller River

7" x 5" Oil on mounted canvas.

As I have said before, "I'm working on my procrastination; I almost have it perfected." I had a whole week of time at home for painting and here is my first post. I do have some dovetailed drawers put together, but the painting blog does not really care about that. Well, enough self loathing...(heavy sigh).

Today's painting (well Thursday's really since the ol' satellite dish internet is a bit unstable lately) is a view of Miller River on the road toward Skykomish. The light really highlights the trees that are just starting to change at this time of year. I am looking for something to use for a larger painting, but this may not have quite the dramatic contrast that I am trying to find. It is at least on the list of possible subjects.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Lake Dorothy Plein Air

10" x 8" Oil on mounted canvas.

This is a painting executed on site during today's hike to Lake Dorothy. We took my 73 year old mom on the hike to gather blueberries and do some painting. The trail really is only 1.5 miles long, but we were not so gently reminded that it has some elevation gain. The trail climbs up near a cascading creek. Halfway up there is a nice bridge near smooth rock water channels that makes a good break. So even though it was a bit more work than we expected, the payoff was worth it. The three generations of girls collected a couple of gallons of berries and I have this painting.

As you can see below, the clouds were rolling by, so it was the usual challenge changing conditions. It is good to get out in our beautiful mountains.