Friday, September 2, 2016

The Texture of Green: Day 2: 10.20.30

We had a very stormy morning this morning and I was thinking I would have to work inside on a still life. By the time I was ready to paint it started clearing up a bit. I decided to head outside but stay close to home. I went to Alder Creek Farm, which is part of the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, and about 1/4 mile away. It was an old dairy farm and now has been set aside in a land preserve. This is where I also go to participate in the community garden which shares two acres of the trust land. The community garden is worked in community rather than in individual plots. We also harvest for the local food bank and for senior meals. I love being part of it and I really love the good food that I get every week.

The last time I painted in this spot, I was chased away by the resident elk herd! There was plenty of fresh evidence that the elk had spent the night there but none were in sight at this time. I really like this view with its many layers of green. There is so much going on here that it was a struggle for me to get something coherent down. That is just fine as it is part of the process I am trying to experience.

Even though it is hard to tell in the photo, the layers of greens in this view are intense. I am working in black and white which forces me to look at the different values of all these greens. It was a good exercise in spite of the struggle.
Here is a close-up of the paintings. This time the 10 minute is at the top right, the 20 minute at the bottom right and the remaining 30 minute at the bottom left.

Of course, the sun is ever changing, even in such a short time. One of my goals is to fill the whole picture no matter what the time. I am looking forward to seeing what is happening with this at the end of the month. It doesn't look like much, I know, but I am learning a whole lot by doing this exercise and am putting aside the idea of making a perfect pretty painting at the moment. As I mentioned earlier, when I have the time I will paint a full color painting now and then after painting the timed sessions.

It will be a busy Labor Day weekend for me but I will still be putting in my painting time.

Yours in paint,

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