setup for painting "Warty Pumpkin" 10/27/11
"Warty Pumpkin" -- oil on canvas 12x12" -- Margie Guyot
After about a week of gloomy, rainy, chilly days, the sun came out. It was such a dazzlingly, glorious day! Big, puffy clouds flying over. I wanted to take my easel to the beach and do a bunch of cloud studies. But then the phone rang. Good news and bad news. A friend met a friend who knows a rich art buyer who spends moolah dollars on car paintings. My friend knows I have scads of them sitting, collecting dust in my studio. The bad news: I had to re-photograph them ALL and resize into both 72 and 300 dpi. It took about 3 1/2 hours. Definitely NOT my favorite thing to do, especially when the sky was so spectacular-looking!
But I did it. Sent all the 72 dpi images to my friend so she can make a presentation to the potential buyer. Alas --- by then it was 3:30. Clouds had all gone. Clear blue sky. And I was kind of exhausted from having to use so much left-brain energy. What to do, what to do?
Instead of wasting time driving around, I decided to paint a picture of one of the odd-looking pumpkins I've collected this fall. Setting it on a plain, white background would have been the easiest, but I really loved the colors of the green grass and fallen leaves. So I plopped the little, warty pumpkin down on my front lawn, set up the Soltek and Best Brella and got out a lawn chair. May as well get comfortable!
Normally I stand while painting, but I knew if I sat, I'd be closer to the pumpkin and I liked the angle, the view that I saw while sitting. OK, OK -- I also was kind of tired, so the lawn chair was the way to go.
I haven't done a whole lot of "in the grass" closeup paintings. I wasn't entirely sure I could pull it off. And it was kind of late in the afternoon when I got started, so I was under-the-gun, time-wise, as well. So yes, I used my trusty #6 flat bristle brush to do the whole painting. I love this particular brand because it holds a nice, crisp edge. I can paint finer lines with it (if I want) than if I use a smaller brush. Generally speaking, that is. Signatures always require a small Kolinsky sable.
Besides the late-day pressure, the temperature became an issue as well. Around 4, 4:15 there was a noticeable temperature drop. It's usually around this time of day when the wind direction changes and it gets a good 10 degrees cooler. Feeling the chill, I thought feets, don't fail me now! Painted as fast as I could.
This was so much fun, I really want to paint more! If only the weather holds out....!