July 27, 2010

River View, Yellow Face

First, the good news. It was a beautiful morning and the paint was flowing. I'd been thinking about the geometric shapes you just randomly find in nature and the wedge-shaped swatch of grass in the river jumped out at me.

Now, as happens often when I paint, I drop paint brushes. This time, focusing on the painting, not the brush, I picked the fallen brush up, wiped the sweat from my face, kept painting... and then realized the brush had dropped into a nice blob of cadmium yellow light. My gloves were covered in it, as the handle of the brush transferred the pigment to my hands. I wiped my face on my sleeve, just to see if any had come off on my face and my red shirt was coated in yellow. I was completely distracted by the certainty that I was covered in yellow paint and cut the morning's work short. At the car, with my box of wipes and mirror, all I can say is that it was much worse than I thought. Eight wipes later, I was down to just having completely yellow hair at my temples and a certain sallow look to my face.

July 21, 2010

Chaos and Kayaks

Out at Reilly's Lock, the Calleva campers were loading up kayaks, playing "Liar" (which is the cleaned-up name of the game they were really playing!) and creating general chaos. It was also raining, which provided a convenient reminder that oil and water don't mix -- spots of rain dropped on my painting and the oil lifted right off. I gave up on the scene.

July 20, 2010


They were very creepy. The highlights on the left side of the photo here are due to paint shine, not color. When I do a little more work on the painting and retake the image, that should be cleared up.

July 14, 2010

Glen Echo Carousel, Rainy Day

This is the beginning of a new painting -- 24 x 36 -- at the carousel at Glen Echo. I'll be working on it more, a lot more, in the days to come.