Day 8 was my day to give my public presentation. I didn't want to go the day without getting a painting in, so I decided to look out my bedroom window again and paint the hazy view first thing in the morning. This time, I've given you several views of the painting in progress.
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The presentation went well - met a couple of cool women from Lincoln, whom I'll visit on my way out of state, later in the week. We're going on either an art or nature field trip - maybe both! I've been getting out early each morning, while the shadows are still long, and doing what I call silhouette drawings.
The prairie grasses and wildflowers are gorgeous and I can see some of the silhouettes making it into my finished work back in the studio. The sun is strong out here and I searched out SPF today! Found some - it was even SPF I'm heading out early, trying to stay out of the sun in mid-day and heading out again late afternoon to paint in color. The following painting is giving me a little grief in that, since it's a late afternoon scene, the sun starts to change the light too much for me to finish.
Then there's the little painting I did looking west toward the woods.
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I'm understanding the structure of the land better and dusting off the color theory that Professor Billie Theide so lovingly taught me at University of Illinois all those years ago. Tonight as I'm writing this, we heard 3 barred owls just outside the house - saw one up a tree with the flashlight! I'd never heard one of them before. I am drawn to the color tones in this picture.
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