Sunday, February 26, 2012
Dark Grey Cat on Light Yellow background, Daily No. 3
Still on the topic of my daily paintings, I am finding myself becoming more knowledgeable of my brushes and even my paints. It's amazing: I've painted for quite a number of years now, just blithely going along, grabbing whatever brush was handy and whatever in-the-ballpark paint color I needed. Now, I'm actually (yes, I know belatedly) studying the properties of said brushes and paints. I even did a very simple color chart of all the paints I have and actually studied their properties. (I have a lot!!! to learn.) And brushes, they're finally beginning to make sense to me.
My family, on the other hand, are beginning to be concerned, I think, about all the time I'm spending locked up in my studio. Wow, 30 days is going to be a lot longer than I expected it would be.
Day before yesterday, I did take a wonderful break, though. My daughter, son-in-law, and little granddaughter and I took a beautiful hike on one of the "Rails-to-Trails" paths fairly near where we all live. (It was near Vernonia here in Oregon, and I'll be happy to provide exactly where it was if anyone is interested.) It was beautiful, and I took lots of photos with the hopes of doing a landscape from some of them. There was an old train trestle, the top of which had been converted into a footbridge, but the old beam and timber supporting structure still stood. It was amazing to be able to study the intricate way it had been put together. We had a long discussion about all the workers it must have taken to build it, and out in the middle of a forest, too.