I have had this clayboard lying around for quite awhile and I brought it with me to Dolores' farm yesterday. I was attracted to the old building they use for a garage and Dolores informed me it was an old schoolhouse that her husband's father had moved here when they were planning to demolish it. Her husband, who looked to be about 70 years old, had actually attended school in this one room building when it was part of the "Pike Public Schools District" An interesting history but what I liked right away was the building's character. (sold)
It was a really hot day and I wanted to get in some practice for the paintout at Lakeside this weekend so I decided to paint in a shady area at Oak Openings, a metro park near my home. There was a nice breeze and I was congratulating myself on staying cool in the 95 degree heat when a big gust of wind came out of nowhere and blew my easel over. Of course the painting landed face down, it nearly always does when that happens. OK, it;s not the first time I've had to pick out gravel, grass, weeds, and dirt out of a wet painting but that doesn't make me any happier. I scraped off the dirt and excess paint and spent another 15 minutes repairing the piece and i think it is actually a better painting for it. Maybe I'm just telling myself what I want to hear..
People have been asking me to post the rest of the paintings I did on the trip. So here are a few more. One is a piece I did inside after painting all day in the hot sun. I needed some down time so I set up the still life in a small room off the kitchen. I placed the objects on a table in North light. I find painting still life to be so relaxing after a day of fighting the elements. The other painting is a view form on a mountain facing some more mountains. It was a spectacular view, which the people living there probably never fully appreciate because they live there.