Warning! This blog entry contains political and historical events. Those not interested in learning something should just look at the pictures.
I found another small park in Omaha with a tiny lake and I learned some history. It is called Standing Bear Lake named for the (Ponca leader Chief Standing Bear). The case of Chief Standing Bear was a landmark case in the U.S. that determined that native Americans were entitled to rights of citizenship. The government actually tried to prove that an Indian was neither a person nor a citizen so couldn't bring suit against the government. (The things they don't teach you in art school).
A nice shady spot and no people, two ingredients to a perfect plein air painting day.
I need to think about using with more paint. That tree needs to be painted with bold confident strokes. Self critique is a useful tool, though I usually notice the things that need improvement after I get home. I need to slow down and step through the painting process more carefully. My new plein air mantra should be ," take a breathe, slow down, think before each brush stroke."
We'll see if that works tomorrow.
Mmmm, I would say squint and DON'T
think. especially with trees, forrest and foliage.
SQUINT, SQUINT, SQUINT!!!
Peter, your mantra sounds just like me! I am always discovering something AFTER the fact . . .usually after I have photographed it!! ;-) Nice study, though.
Is there a chance of including my blog on your list of links? Yours has been on mine nearly since day one.
Mike you are there. Thanks for teh reminder.
Rene - Thanks, I'll squint more . think less. I have that expression on my face most of the time anyway.
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