First Barn of the Season

Barn on Cedar St. in April, 12" x 12", oil on board
...not quite finished yet...


Torn...that's what I was. The weather was 75 degrees today, sunny, and with lots of gardens to weed and perrennials to split and transfer. BUT, I normally only get one day a week to paint. What's a girl to do?

Well, both of course. That's what girls do.

I went to Anne's Nursery and Distinctive Gardens for herbs (for our restaurant) and a few pepper plants. Heat is good in many ways. I split some daylilies, baptista, and something I've forgotten the name of and planted those.

Went inside and downloaded some barn pics, cropped them and started working on a 12" x 12" oil on gessobord. Worked in a bit of a different technique. Watered down the oils a bit more than usual (I use water soluable oils) and worked with the values of the underpainting more than I normally do. Kinda fun, but I'm not comfortable with it yet. I'll just need an hour or so more to work on it.

Tonight, I'm meeting Debbie and going to an acquaintance of hers tonight. This lady lives in a penthouse condominium (6th floor) right on the Rock River in Dixon. We are going to take pictures for possible paintings. The trees aren't in full leaf yet, but just enough for that beautiful light spring green to complement the water and city skyline. Another few days of warm weather, the the trees will be too dense to see anything.