I started painting just before the sun set this evening. I could see the houses clearly in the rapidly declining light. I knew one thing was for sure. I had to paint the structures fast before they disappeared as the light dimmed. Suddenly the overcast sky was not so gray. The sun must have found an opening in the clouds and had dropped to that spot where the light was bouncing back up into the clouds. I saw a slight pink, then a violet , then more pink and peach. It was so quick. Maybe I saw it for 3 minutes before more clouds moved back in. It was enough time for me to paint it.
I love times like this. The whole scene was warm and rosy. Cars drove up and down the street and people parked cars into their driveways. I could see headlights and red tail lights at different houses here and there. Then the house lights came on and it was time for dinner.
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Another warm quiet day! How lucky we are that this is not a sub-zero Arctic January like last year! It started off sunny this morning, then big, gorgeous clouds swept in. Oh, I thought maybe there will be a nice sunset tonight…wrong. More and more clouds came in and it got a bit gray. So I waited till it got darker and the lights came on. When you’re painting en plein air in a short time frame you don’t always have what you expect. I can roll with it.
The focus this month is to make a painting every day. I don’t have time to jump in the car and drive around till I see something I want to paint. Instead I’m slowing down, stopping and watching. I’m waiting till the light changes and reveals what I am looking for. Plus, there is the challenge of limiting myself to my neighborhood. This is all great fun. Sometime I’m surprised when I see what I painted. Not my usual stuff. So this adventure is really delivering the goods!
It was warm today. Clouds pushed through this afternoon on a cool, light breeze. After sunset the breeze sent a little chill into the air as it got dark. Still it was way warmer than it was a few weeks ago.
The houses and outbuildings across the field caught my eye with their back door lights and kitchen windows all lit and glowing. It was another day I stayed in the neighborhood and painted what is nearby and familiar. I’m trying to see how many different paintings I can make from the views of my neighborhood. This collection of house and street lights and the patterns they made among the dark shapes of the trees added just the right bit of mystery and softness to the landscape. I could make out the shapes of some buildings where the light hit them, or where window lights glowed. Other buildings faded into the darkness with only a hint that they were there.
No surprise that I was out painting after dark again! I love that it gets dark so early. Today was another day in the studio, this time testing paint. The day started sunny then changed to high clouds, then it started snowing!
I wanted to paint the sun glowing behind the thin clouds, but that disappeared fast and by the time I could take a pause to jump outside to paint, snow was softly falling. I decided to go back to work in the studio and finished everything at 5pm. It was the perfect time to see the lights all glowing in the falling snow. Yippee! I stepped out of my studio, set up my easel, looked across the street and painted a collection of light shapes and dark shapes. I didn’t even need my head lamp as the motion detector kept the floodlights in the driveway turned on.
I didn’t put on a jacket. I just put on my hat and stepped outside wearing my painting coat. Of course I got cold after I finished the painting, but I was fine the whole time I was painting. Talk about comfort ! The studio was toasty warm and a thermos of hot tea was waiting for me. Love the variety of subjects in this daily project. More tomorrow…