Last night severe storms rolled in, making painting outdoors a doubtful pursuit today. Ever hopeful, I played with the baby and worked on my newsletter. The sun teased all day long, darting in and out of the clouds, but finally my patience won out. There was finally enough steady light to paint these shade-loving anemone flowers. I had to work fast since there was another storm rolling in from the west. My wife came out and asked if she was imagining things, or was it thundering. In fact, it was thundering. But I worked quickly and the painting took shape beautifully. I finished just as the first few drops started to fall. Relieved, I thought I just made it. Of course, when it was over, I could count the drops on the sidewalk and the sun was shining again.
Well, the nice thing is that the threat of rain made me finish up the painting before I had a chance to overwork it. I've noticed that my approach on the last few paintings I've done has changed a bit from the way I normally work. I'm not sure why but lately I've skipped drawing with pencil and jumped straight into painting, blocking out my composition with my brush. I'll have to experiment a bit more before I can decide which I like better. One thing I noticed with the blocking technique is I need to really pay careful attention to not only what I paint but where it is in the picture, constantly checking my composition. Otherwise, it tends to get away from me.
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Size: 5 inch x 7 inch canvas panel.
Medium: Original Oil Painting
Initialed on front. Signed and dated on back.