Our area is expecting its first snow of the season tomorrow and Saturday. So, probably no more plein air work for me this year.
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what I want to do this winter, and one thing is returning to oils and working on my drawing skills. I'm also going to spend more time reading and studying the paintings and drawings of the Old Masters; library books on drawings by Picasso and Michelangelo are sitting on my night stand and I look forward to working my way through them.
In the meantime, here are two paintings done in the past two weeks. The first is a plein air from the 4CPAP paint-out in Simone Canyon, in New Mexico. I ended up going with the purple sky here because I forgot to bring my box of sky colors along.
|Roadside Cottonwoods - 12x12"|
pastel on black cardstock
The second is a studio piece, from a photo taken during our Escalante trip. The afternoon of the quick-draw event, after I'd dropped my painting off, we drove west of Escalante, to the town of Cannonville, and then headed south along the road that leads to Kodachrome Basin State Park. This is a view of the Kodachrome area further down the Cottonwood Wash road:
|Cloud Over Kodachrome Basin - 12x16|
pastel on dark gray Mi Tientes
I like it, especially this dark gray. So much so that I ordered a 10-pack of 19x25" sheets from ASW.
Anyway, that's all I've got for now.