Making Do….

I decided to take advantage of what could be the last really nice autumn day last Friday. I packed up my things and went to Whipple Dam State Park, which is just under a half hour from my house. I walked around a bit, enjoyed the leaves and colors and the views, and set up on the beach next to the lake. As I unpacked my travel bag, I discover that everything was in there EXCEPT the sketchbook!!!

The only paper I had was a tiny notepad in my car (sheets measuring about 2″ x 4″!), so I tried to make do with it. Lousy paper, and much to small. But sometimes, you have to work with what you’ve got, right?

Less is More

I’ve been struggling for inspiration for the past couple of months. Just not producing any work that I have been happy with.

A few days ago, I began a study of one of my most oft-painted subjects — the view out my window across a pasture. I began with some washes as an underpainting. When it began to dry, I began to add texture and interest in the washes.

It’s not a great piece, by any means, but it was interesting enough to me to be worth keeping.

It reminded me that sometimes the answer is less detail, not more!