This was a nice Sunday. Did some contract work for a couple of Facebook clients, did some laundry, actually wired up a painting (that I always put off), Jack did the cooking for supper, and I got into the studio and started a painting. In fact, I almost finished it. Sometimes it happens that way, doesn't it?
Earlier this summer, Jack and I rode our bikes on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota. There were so many beautiful scenes it was hard to pick which painting to do. Private note: Later on the ride, I was mesmerized by the scenery so much that I rode right off the trail and down a rocky embankment. That hurt like a son of a gun.
As most of you know, I always paint my gessobord or canvas first red or some warm color. I don't like starting a painting on a a white background. After the background is dry, I sketched in the landscape with pencil very lightly and then went over it in a dark paint. Both the background and the sketching paint is acrylic. No patience for waiting for the boring part to dry. When I want to paint, I want to paint now, not in 2 days.
Then, the hard part was -- do I finish it in acrylics or oils. That took about 45 seconds to decide. Oil. Then it was off to the races.
So, here is the painting in stages. I hope to finish sometime this week and when I do I'll post again.
Have a great week!