First day painting today on this 3 week adventure. It started out rainy and totally grayed out, but began to clear at 11am so I hopped in the truck and followed my nose down the road. Had no idea where I was going - just turned left then left again and straight on till I found my spot. The hard part was just stopping somewhere because it’s so beautiful here there’s a painting waiting around every corner. - ‘just one more corner’.
I soon found myself painting on the edge of Lake Hawea - simply stunning. The trickiest part was deciding how to fit all this grandeur into a 10x8” canvas. I really had to knuckle down and use my view finder and several little notan studies before I felt comfortable with the design. The biggest goal that I had in mind was to first visualize the scene as a painting, then bring that painting to life. That’s something I really want to focus on during this trip - I see it as a key to opening up my creative side.
I began to video my progress but soon found it too cumbersome to do the two things at once. Had an idea of capturing everything I learn painting outdoors in the next 3 weeks on video to turn into another educational product. If you’d like to see that happen just email me some encouragement or post a cattle prod and it may give me the impetus to do it.
The finished painting lacked some of the passion I was hoping for but seeing as I was so nervous starting out I’m pretty happy with the result. I got a nice surprise when after 2.5 hours painting the owner of the boat came along and purchased the painting for $200 - lucky timing and a happy end to my first day’s painting.
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