Monday, January 31, 2011
Just a quick post for tonight. I'm busy polishing up my snow shovels, shining my winter boots and greasing up my ski-mask in anticipation of another winter storm. By my count this one makes one hundred twenty-eight so far this year. I love it when meteorologists say things like, "This will be the worst storm in history!" They mean recorded history, of course. Some of those records only go back sixty years, or so. There might have been a worse storm three hundred years ago, but whose to say?
Anyway, I'm posting a photo of a painting I finished last week. This was another one I did from life, with no photo help. I worked on it one hour at a time, from 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon, and of course, only when it was sunny. My vantage point was from my living room window, looking out at my back yard. While I painted this standing indoors, it is an outdoor scene. Can I call it a plein air?
I'm not inventing the wheel here when I say that observation beats photos every time. Below is a photo I took of the spot from my vantage point, but at a slightly different time of day.
But I don't know what to name it. Got any ideas? My working title is Mid-Winter. Yeah... exciting, I know. So if you can think of a good name, drop me a line. And if you live in an area of the world that doesn't have snow, I'll even come by and pick up the name!