Went out painting in Lake Geode. After I was set up I heard a lot of Canadian Geese flying above and squawking. I think I was fairly close to where they were nesting. All around me was tall grass and I could see a wing pop up ever so often. I was told it is not a good idea to get too close as I see utube videos of geese chasing people.
Got out a little today. I did not really want to put in the tree on the left, mainly because I had to make that bare tree stand out against the distant tree line but, I felt that the composition needed it
This is one of the streams that feed into Lake Geode. One winter, years ago my sister and I went ice skating on this stream and onto the lake. Several of the ice fishermen warned us about thin ice. We figured if they were on it we could be too. I often read on Facebook remarks about the dangerous things we did as kids that didn't kill us.
Jessica and I went to Rodeo after the rain. This was a good opportunity to paint puddles and also work on those "naked trees" as Jessica calls them. It took me a while to figure out the obvious, that a puddle is simply a small lake and an edge is just a bank. That took away the that fear where I freeze up and paint small tight details. Still do that on those trees.
We had snow yesterday. Not enough to create a scene like this, so I pulled up a photo from 2 years ago. This also served as practice for painting those bare trees that have been giving me a hard time lately.
Too cold to go outside and paint. I pulled this up and painted the "bare trees" but they ended up looking a little more dressed.
I used an art store brand of hard panel from Blick. It had a dinged corner so I marked off the 8" x 10 corner or the 12" x 9" panel. The surface was a slick like melamine wall panels. I had to adjust to it, but I would buy it again. For covering the surface fast and an easy wipe off it worked well, sometimes too well.
I was painting on the banks of the Skunk River when this woman showed up. A great opportunity to paint more that just water. There are great views on the river without public access and painting from a kayak may be a good idea or at least sketching.
As the final image for the 52 Faces of Volunteerism I did a self portrait. I set up the lighting to show my wrinkles and imperfections. I originally wanted to paint like Lucien Freud but just could not pull it off. When I take a photo of myself I Photoshop the wrinkles out and wear a turtleneck (see photo at right). I could tweak this some more but I procrastinated until yesterday and it needs to be turned in today. The Art Center had a lunch ala art which included a talk or demo from the monthly feature artist. I started this at that event and needed to finish it later.
The show is going to Mount Pleasant Iowa on the Iowa Wesleyan University's art gallery in the PEO building for the next two weeks. The PEO building is located on North Main Street.
Playing with my acrylics using airbrush medium and acrylic flow release medium. "Flow release is a surfactant. A surfactant is a concentrated surface-active liquid which reduces surface tension, thus improving wetting and increasing the flow of acrylic waterborne paints." It reduces the surface tension between the staining(paint/water) and the canvas/ Golden Acrylic website
While some friends went plein air painting I was nursing a cold that kept me inside yesterday. I pulled up the limestone bluffs photos to give it another shot. It is not just the bare trees that get me but the brush. This photo had dead warm gray brush hanging on the side of the cliff.