42 F sun, clouds, then more sun.
#678 Casey Rd, Schaghticoke, NY. 12-16-15 9x12. The day started out with some sun, and a forecast for sun all day, that wasn't meant to be. I went out in the morning, and threw some paint down, not the one above, the next one. I couldn't decide what I wanted: a process of diminishing returns, the light would be gone even sooner after I actually started. So I keep that in mind, it's a process, an adventure, maybe the painting will be good, but I may not know that, I may not even recognise it, at least at first. I've made myself a few rules, and I've stuck by them; paint from life, set up sight size, keep the same pallet. When it's over it's done and go onto the next. I often bemoan my own rules, but I don't see them changing anytime soon, even though I do reserve the right. I also have some rituals. I pack my panels, my pack (with paint and brushes, water, coffee,) my easel. I like to have the option to hike off away from the van, so one carry is best. I never go on private land, I'll park off the road a reasonable distance from houses, and not block any driveways. Often finding the right scene to paint is finding the place to park, and a lot of places I can't or won't park. I stopped today near the feed plant, it's on the "other" side of the tracks, after school was out and there were a lot of people around, I'm sure it would have been fine, but I wanted to be alone, so I moved along.
This was the back yard this morning, before I went out, there were nice shadows and the light on the far hill through the trees in the middle ground made the scene "paintable" but I didn't.
I drove around more than I'm willing to admit, but I found some nice light and a good composition, it was quick.
#677 Maxwell Rd.
I was able to get the very dark shadow in at the start when I had it, then I didn't back track and go and change it when I lost the light.
Back to the end of the day........
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