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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
setting an outdoor challenge for Myself
Yesterday I thought, Its time. Time to try and paint the yellow sage brush that blooms each fall. I walked thru it, looking at how it grows, and the light in the morning touching it from all angles---and the colors of the light in fall. Amazing blues, contrasts everywhere, and those yellow flowers. But I do have such a hard time with flowers! So, I had to slow myself down a bit instead of jumping right in. There is an old car, a sorta station wagon-utility vehicle from the late 30's early 40's parked in the brush with yellow sage around it. It once was green, and even pulled a horse-trailer! So hard to imagine because it is so small compared to today's auto's for that job. Now this isn't going to be pretty---I am sorry, bare with me! But I decided to paint this thing every morning untIl I can get something I like! It won't be easy for me, there is drawing of a car involved! And then those darn brushes, and foreground....and all. I bucked up, and began. I drew the first one site-sized----by measuring with my charcoal pencil---and trying to get things located in relationship with each other. It was fun---and good practise and hard!!! Its on White Wallis, with a Nupastel #244 underpainting and drawing. 8 x 12, and here's how it ended.
I sorta thought it was worth the time----sure helped me with seeing everything---and I saw so much!! I began leaving things out, but getting the brushes I wanted. Measuring the windows, the vacant place the engine was, the grill, and there is a radiator still there. All sorts of stuff!! I sure hope the next days effort would be better! But alas....that was not to be so.This is the second days work. Its on Wallis Belgium Mist, and about 9 x 12, I worked a bit closer this time to the car, and tried to measure more carefully using the #244, and washing down with alcohol for the shadows and dark area's. Of course , I saw more this time, like broken windshield, and more of the green color that was left( there is not to much of that!) its so rusted. I like the green remaining on the old front grill. Well, I have plans to try again tomorrow with a different method----but still trying to be better at the drawing. Its a fun challenge, and takes about 2 hours, and is right here at home--no driving. I feel a bit braver about the drawing part now--and maybe how I want to end up We will see how far this goes----until the flowers are gone I guess.