Daily Painting Practice - When do you decide to stop painting?On Tuesday it was cold but clear and the ice was melting. Then a new load of snow was delivered to us on Wednesday. Today was going to be a beautiful clear winter morning in Maine, and I wanted to go out and paint it. But instead of packing up and traveling, I decided to walk out my back door and into the woods.
|February Morning in Maine|
We ended up with maybe 10-12 inches of fresh snow. It was about 13 degrees at 7:30AM as the sun began hitting the trees. The early morning light is what attracted me so that was the goal.
I spotted this clump of pines. Sort of looks like a family going for a walk in the woods.
It was early. The sun wasn't up high enough to cast any shadows as I set up my easel. I'm experimenting with an oil primed linen canvas board for the first time. I have never used oil primed canvas before, I always have used canvas primed with the less expensive acrylic gesso. This was one of the suggestions from Stapelton Kearns I wanted to try.
|Block in and key down the values|
I didn't get too far along in my painting before someone started complaining about the cold.. One of the benefits of painting in your own backyard, a short walk to the door takes care of these little emergencies...and a hot cup of tea is always nearby.
The trek back was easy enough but the sun was on the move and getting brighter, changing all the colors and shadows.. I was only able to paint for a few more minutes before the decision that all artists face had to be made... Do I quit now or chase the light?
So, do I continue with the changing light, or do I stop and come back out at the same time tomorrow, or do I use this partial impression as a study and develop the painting in the studio?
|Stop right there|
It's time for a hot cup of tea and to continue the painting in the studio.