Sunny February Day
This warm weather streak we’ve been having has given me a few chances to get outside and paint. On Saturday, I went to the farm around the corner from me and visited with the cows. I painted from the door at the end of the barn. One cow was standing there watching while I painted her. Unfortunately, she got bored before I was done and moved away. I added another cow who was peeking through the fence, and thought the painting was coming along fairly well. Then I got home and all the problems were jumping out. I played around with it for a while, but finally realized it wasn’t going to work. I scraped it off that night.
Sunday is was also sunny and warm, so I decided I need to “get back in the saddle” and paint again. This time, I chose a barn that I pass almost every day. I’ve been wanting to paint it for a long time. I really like it in the snow- it’s a white barn. I love the subtle colors of a gray sky and then the white barn and white snow. It’d be a challenge to get that right. There was no snow on Sunday, but a pretty contrast with the winter blue sky and the shadows from the sun. Now the problem was how to paint a white barn from the shadow side. And still “read” as white. My brain kept wanting me to use white paint, but my eyes were showing me that there were several shades difference between the sunlight side and the shadow side. I think I will look for more white buildings to paint this year and work on that problem. All in all, I was much happier with Sunday’s painting than Saturday’s cow painting. At least I didn’t scrape it off!