Today is cold and windy but the sun is shining. I’m working in my living room for a few hours – as long as it’s warmed by the sun. It’s a pleasant change from my corner in the kitchen, where I’ve spent much time because of arctic cold and then 2 snow storms. I’m listening to The Doors – C’mon Baby, Light my Fire – and to the wind rattling the windowpanes. I’ve barely painted at all in the last few weeks. It’s been too cold outside & I’ve also been so busy with Holidays I don’t think of taking a moment to sit in my car & do a sketch or 2. My bad. I feel as if I’ve been on Hiatus and now it’s time to get back to work.
I haven’t taken the time to stop and sketch at the farm but I have taken photos every week and have done a few sketches from the photos. I’ve mostly been reading, The Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting by Edgar A. Whitney, which I re-discovered this past fall after a talk with Tony Connor, which has inspired me greatly, like going to a familiar place and feeling excited, curious, interested -- as if for the first time. My 'new' watercolor bible.
I think that the appeal to me in reading this book is that it validates much of my watercolor painting experience as well as makes it clear that I have so much to learn….
On my Resolution list for the New Year; more sketching, more color mixing, more designing my composition from photos and memory, more study….
Happy New Year to All.