Monday, March 16, 2009
Blustery warm spring day!
'Two Toms' - oil on linen - 11x14 © Marc R. Hanson '09
Wow! Can't beat 60F degrees... unless the wind is calm and not blowing around 15 to 25 kts. I was planning on painting outside all day to take advantage of these warm temps. But after an hour on this one, trying to get the brush to land somewhere on the painting that I intended, I decided to work on my frame for the rest of the afternoon. I could not get out of the wind even in the old reliable 'out of the wind' locations.
I painted this around 11 am or so this morning, up on a knoll. The light and color is very, very attractive right now and I'm dying to paint more of it before the greens start showing up, which they are beginning to do as of today. Grasses in fields turned green as I was watching in some places. I was seriously so blasted by wind that I was about to wipe this one when these two tom turkeys showed up from out of nowhere. It was so cool to see them in this setting that I spent the few minutes that they were in front of me memorizing as best I could their posture/attitudes, and then braced my hand and knocked them in, inbetween gusts of wind. All total slightly less than an hour on this one. It's barely painted but the mood of the day is there so I learned something....