Yesterday was another good day for plein air painting. I went to Shimek Forest again and set near this horse trail. While I was set up a group went through, I should have taken a photo and added them to another painting.
Yesterday was a great day for plein air painting. I went to Shimek Forest and found this scene. The problem with this time of year is a lot of trees are still bare. I have green grass and bare branches in this scene. There were dead leaves on the ground maybe I should have accented them more.
I have painted this before but in oil. With a commission coming up my watercolor is rusty. This was painted on some scrap paper I had laying around. The paper did not receive the paint very well. I remember buying some watercolor paper on sale that was endorsed by a famous current watercolor teacher. Sometimes you can paint gessoe over the paper and paint acrylic. Also I have painted Acrylic ground for pastels over failed watercolor. I usually end up with strokes on it but that does not distract from the pastel.
It's that time of year, the Magnolia trees are in bloom. I found this one in Rodeo Park. There used to be a house in the park. The couple who lived there took care of the airport. They moved on and the house was torn down. This tree was all that is left.
This is my submission for the latest Daily Paintworks Challenge, to paint crumpled paper. I think I should not have crumpled it so much as I got lost in the details. The cool grays in the paper are a result of mixing the leftover paint in the middle of my pallette in other words; mud.
The spring weather has come and the parks are full of people again, not just the hardy ones. I took the dogs for a walk, I usually walk off the beaten path as I have a Staffordshire terrier (pit bull) which people tend to be afraid of, (she's a big sissy) left to me when the kid left home. I also have a dachound who was passed around till we ended up with her. She was originally given to my niece by an older woman in a discount store parking lot. We theorized that her grandchildren gave it to her to keep her company. She didn't like it because as she told my niece "It chased her cats". Cat people. She probably told the grandchildren that it ran away. My niece was too busy to keep on top of her housebreaking, so she talked my son into taking it. We went to visit my son to give him his dog back. He gave the dachound to us after chasing it down from under the car. We taught her, now "Lucy" to come when called and housebroke her, which took a while. I never bought a dog as we always end up with dogs that need homes, which is not a bad thing as we end up attached to them.
I haven't been posting lately because my computer was doing weird things which made it frustating to do anything on it.. I finally convinced my husband to look into it. It turns out my wireless mouse was not communicating with the computer correctly. New mouse, easy fix. Just one of those duh moments after trying almost everything else.