Artist’s Musings

a pair of geese flew by; outside my studio window; i’m glad elephants don’t fly

Pochade box mood swings

I like all of my pochade boxes, but I am still partial to pochade boxes made from cigar boxes and pochade boxes made by IG @allaprimapochade. I appreciate finely handcrafted woodwork. Too bad the latter have to get dirtied with paint and medium because it is beautifully crafted. I have bought a few more, and I had immediately dirtied them moments after they came out of the box. I did this so I would not treat them preciously while in the field because I did not want to be distracted with obsessions to keep it pristine.

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A quick one around the corner before the snow

It’s beautiful day in the neighbourhood. A quick one (kind of a quick one) around the corner near Red Clay Creek before the snow storm rolls into town. It began to sleet a little bit towards the end of this painting. The weather forecasters have been a bit too dramatic lately. The last forecast did not amount to anything for the Brandywine region. But it is better to be safe than sorry. Today they are forecasting between 5 to 8 inches of snow accumulation in our area. We shall find out the day after. Towards the end of this painting, it started to sleet.

Back to the open field. Again.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Around the corner in the field between Kennett Legacy Field and Red Clay Creek. Scraped and painted over the previous day’s second outdoor painting. It had pretty colours but the composition was not holding up to my eyes. I thought that it felt stagnant. I have painted over paintings before, and I regretted doing so to a few. I will probably look back on this one and wonder what I was thinking when I painted over it. Oh well.

As I have mentioned before, I am a fair weather painter. I do not like painting in soggy weather or cold weather. I shall get over it. I had bought several packets of hands and feet warmers a couple of years ago, but I have forgotten about them. Out of sight, out of mind. I found them buried in other boxes in my studio’s closet, I put them on for the first time and then went outside to do this painting over the previous day’s painting of the same subject. This time with 3 inches of snow cover.