This painting needed me to go out in the field two times to complete it. The first time poured buckets on me before I even finished my block-in! I went last Sunday and finished this past Wednesday. It has taken me until now to find time and good weather enough to get a photo and blog it for you.
I may have bitten off more than I could chew on this one, and I may have overworked it, too. However, it was a very good experience for me in that I had to deal with lots of people seeing me paint publicly for the first time. The way I was set up, though, was next to a road, so people could only see if they were driving. They could slow down, but they couldn't really stop to watch for long, so how self-conscious could I really get? I was able to practically "paint like nobody's watching." One woman did turn her car around, asked to take my picture while I was painting, and told me she thought the painting was beautiful, so that was tolerable!
My favorite part of painting this one was doing the brushstroke in between the tree trunks! That one made me so happy! That occurred the first day of painting. I had the foresight to take a photo of my stage one, because I liked the block-in enough that I was afraid I would ruin it by going back to work on the painting. So, for the first time, I can show you the bones of one of my paintings. Not quite a step-by-step, but the closest I have come so far:
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!