Day 26 #stradaeasel
This morning I awoke to a very huge, dark, hovering cloud and thought, “Great, another overcast day. If only there were some sunlight to work with on the freshly fallen snow.” I went down to my studio with a hot cup of tea before breakfast to work on some color charts.
Color charts help a painter remember what colors are created by mixing two or more colors together. I’ve been working on these charts off and on. I had quite a bit of leftover piles of paint from the warm spectrum, yellow through red, while painting the tulips. I decided it would be a good time to mix different yellows/oranges/reds with different blues and see what colors came out of them.
As usual, I had one eye looking out the window and I noticed that the sky was clearing. I watched for a while during my color mixing and noticed that the spaces between the clouds were getting larger and the light was glowing at the horizon in a pale yellow hue to a deep blue high above.
How exciting! There is actually some light and it’s hitting the mountains on the west shore. I stopped the color mixing right then and switched over to my easel. Looking out the window I quickly mixed blues in varying shades and the light yellow. The clouds continued to break up until there was more sky than clouds. A glorious Montana day!
My husband, John, came down to the studio, also raving about the day, and asked me if I wanted to go cross country skiing. We have been trying to find a window to go ever since the big snowfall but life’s obligations have taken precedence. It was an enthusiastic yes! from me. We have to have a little fun sometimes after all—all work and no play…well, you know! I finished the painting probably a little more hurried than I should have but I was close to completion anyway.
It was great fun out there in the snow. The first time out skiing in 3 years. We’ll have to do more of that!