There’s a certain thrill painting outdoors when you have the elements working against you, and I guess that’s what makes it such an adventure. It’s really still too cold to paint outside because of this freezing spring we are experiencing, but I’m trying to get out there anyway and catch some quick impressions despite the frigid winds near the lake. I set up my easel by the pond in Baie d’Urfé, and tried to capture the layers of blue: sky, lake, far pond, near pond. I think my lake section could probably have been a bit darker but I was painting in full sun and that makes it hard to see. Now that I’ve scanned the sketch and see it on screen I may go back in with a light wash to separate the lake from the bit of sky. Or not.
I have taken on some new teaching responsibilities at school that require me to teach all day Friday so I only had time to do a quick sketch in the faculty lunchroom. But after yesterday’s disturbing experience on the street I thought it would be kind of nice to sit in a quiet room and draw this guy eating his sandwich.
I haven’t had time to respond to all the comments from yesterday but I wanted to thank everyone who sent advice and wrote about similar experiences. It was much appreciated!