Balanced, Checking, Taking account!


No, not the checkbook, the household income, or even taxes. Not money at all. Just trying to stay balanced while moving forward on multiple tracks. The four main tasks in the studio right now are:  1) starting new watermedia works … mostly on panels but a few on large paper too;  2) making some repairs (to pieces that were a bit marred/scarred during their recent travels or shows;  3) getting started on two new large scale Mylar drawings, and  4) the semi-annual general studio clean up.  (Maybe I will talk a bit more about some of those last three in a later post!)

During the last few weeks it has been much less hot … and frequently less humid too.  With a little less water in the air, the clarity of the light has been intoxicating. A foretaste of Autumn is in the air!  Other times, the humidity returns and cooler nighttime temps create morning fog which rises from the rivers and streams that abound in our hills and mountains.  To be sure the greens still hold sway over the landscape, but subtle changes are becoming more and more visible. The vistas of Fall are not really here yet but the landscape is slowly opening up … summer’s ebb means that some trees and plants are becoming a bit less dense of late. This gives me new glimpses, new possibilities!

So I have been jumping at the chance to plan new works … and to get outside for sketching. The back of the car has frequently had all the “stuff” needed for sketching, drawing, and  even photographing in preparation of new works. Even my briefcase is bristling with sketchbooks and supplies. Balance is hard when I am feeling so visually alive!  My excitement may not be contagious but it has some marvelous consequences. It can mean that the whole painting gets done on site.  Like this one I just did the other day.

I admit that I might take the image to new places or re-use it in a much larger work.  But it is SO enjoyable to work en-plein-air again!

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