Saturday, October 30, 2010
I've decided to post here and on my website.... www.ggetsinger-paintingoutside.com
Last night was supposed to be the night of Killer Frost but it was somehow delayed. Today dawned fair and mild and my garden plants were unscathed. And from the news of frost and my own personal sense that it was in the air, I expected today to be a day where painting outside would be cold but do-able, but never expected that it would be as fair and pretty a day as anyone could want. I arrived at the farm around 10:30 and this is all I got done by noon, when I quit and went to have lunch with my mother. I painted alone this morning as D had business elsewhere.
I knew I could have gone painting at 9 but decided to deal with some household issues before I left and gave up the time I would have liked to have spent on the pleasure of doing a few drawings before I tried to paint a picture.
This painting is a 7.5x11 med grade wc paper. I’d thought to enjoy the pleasure of drawing on my foundation with brush and paint but discovered to my horror that I’d forgotten to bring my Pringles canister filled with necessary tools which meant no painting unless I could find a stray brush somewhere in my backpack or car. The possibility of a stray brush in either of those locations is highly probable so I looked on my forgetting my tools as some kind of ‘happy’ accident, some kind of message from the Universe and me willing to be flexible with my plan.
Minutes later, without having to remove my blanket and go to the car, I found a decent brush in my closeby backpack, so was able to paint today. It was a #10 round, and relatively unused, so a brush with a fine point & good luck for me. As I realized I’d forgotten to pack the Pringles can, I also realized that I’d forgotten to bring the bowl of Kale Slaw I’d intended sharing with my mother. Some days are like this....
I parked on the right side of the road just past F’s house where there is sun without shade as well as a great view. My car shielded me from the wind and I had a spot in all sun and never a moment of shade from a passing cloud and felt blessed. The moment I sat in my lawn chair and looked about I felt my worries melting, the way I sometimes do when I’m in church. I felt grateful to be where I was – not only in that spot of sun but in my life – and thank you for bringing me all this way. The hour and a half of joyful drawing & painting went by as if in a heartbeat.
I know I’ll probably work on this painting more, but not for awhile. I’m going to keep it around where I come upon it often as if by chance & will be aware of any thoughts and feelings I may have about it when I do.
I’ve been reading Edgar Whitney’s Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting and enjoying it very much. I’ve read it before, but never had the understanding to ‘get’ some of his advice and technique. I’m finding his philosophy and his technique a harmonious blend of emotion and logic to which, quite often, I relate. I’m going to be reading it more and will report any more findings. My father studied from this book and referred to it frequently. I inherited the book from him, read it and sold it on eBay. Later, I wished I hadn’t but also felt it had served me well in that I think of Edgar Whitney quite often when I draw, as he’s very encouraging that way. One of the reasons I was interested in learning from Tony Couch was that he’d studied for quite a few years with Edgar Whitney. One of the things I found interesting about Tony Connor’s work is that he studied with Tony Couch, which was when I decided to see if I could locate an inexpensive copy and read it again and the beginning of an Edgar Whitney experience or ‘thread’ in my mind & thoughts.
I’m in the process of going through my art books and weaning out the ones I want to keep and the ones I’m going to offer for sale on eBay. The pile is about 2 feet high. I’m trying to winnow my art instruction books down to very few. I’m planning to spend most of tomorrow listing my Quilting Books and many Craft books, too. I’m looking forward to lightening my load and maybe getting a little cash for it, too.