Day 24 #stradaeasel
Three+ weeks completed and one to go. As much focus and energy as this takes, I’m enjoying the challenge. I’m enjoying that my primary goal every day is to create a painting. It’s what I plan for every morning and my whole day revolves around it. Even when I’m not motivated, once I start painting I fall into the “zone.” It’s a happy place to be especially when I’m outdoors.
Today I went up the hill behind our house to paint Hunger Creek. I knew it would be buried in snow. I’ve painted this view before and the background forest is always a challenge. I feel that I captured the essence of the place better than I have previously. Progress!
The color palette is fairly monochromatic. The overcast sky never cleared enough to allow any sunshine to dapple the snow as I’d hoped. I like how the slanted log in the background breaks up the overall vertical aspect of the painting. I think I captured pretty well the icy reflection in the creek.
As I was setting up, an easel screw fell out and down into the snow it went. OMG! Without the part, I couldn’t sit my pastel box on the easel. I dug into the snow, throwing handfuls into the creek. I got all the way down to dirt and still no part. Uh oh, did I throw it into the creek with the snow? It was a shiny brass part and I could see it under the water. Luckily, the creek wasn’t deep and I was able to pluck it out. Close one!
Plein air painting, especially in the snow, is not for sissies!