18 July 2008

hot and hazy

I picked the hottest time of day, on the hottest day, to go play outside. I was running errands near a county park, and I brought along my paints. I spent an hour looking at Nature. Glorious! I decided to become a photographer because there is no way I can paint this stuff. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the camera, so I became a painter again. All the views that would allow me to sit in shade were just too intimidating. I picked a nice, sweltering, sunlit spot, donned my cowboy hat, and started.

I wish my fella was with me. He's like a puppy at the park. He runs and plays and I have to clean up after him. Really, I just wish he was there to shade me or fan me or tell me I'm cute in my cowboy hat.

I painted for about 45 minutes when I decided that all this perspiration might not mix well with oil paint. I hate leaving at this stage, but I can't take the heat. I might go back tomorrow and hope for the same hazy conditions. Tomorrow I'll take a parasol, or a man-servant, and I can try to figure out what color the water is. Yes, that's a lake.

I heard Louis Prima on the way home. I bet that could make me paint a little faster. I did some research on this park, and apparently the lake is shrinking and the aquatic ecosystem is out of balance. I better paint it before the lake turns into a meadow.


Dianne Mize said...

Next time take a big umbrella and a thermos of water. You did very well.

Marian Fortunati said...

Plein air is all about being outside and thanking God you can be there observing all the beauty!!
.... even for 45 minutes. You captured what needed to be captured very well!!
I never do great work outside but I so enjoy it and imagine I'll get better the more I do.
It was good to hear Karl Dempwolf talk about how he takes those little studies like you've done and makes larger paintings (he'd never call them masterpieces but they ARE great!!) out of them.
I so admire that you painted a hydrangea. I once watched Susan Lyon do a still life with hydrangeas. She painted it for the whole week. It was GORGEOUS of course but even though it's one of my daughter's favorite flowers, I've never had the nerve to attempt it...... Maybe you'll inspire me.
Be well...

Dar Presto said...

Thank you, Dianne. I'm quickly learning what supplies I need, and a porter to carry them.

Thank you, Marian. This foray did teach me about the usefulness and validity of a rough piece.