Sunday, Feb. 14th, at five a.m. I was up, no snow on the ground. Hmm. Got ready anyway. 5:45 it was 18 degrees out and snow pellets were coming down. 6:15 loaded car along with the cleaned brushes from the table, started car heater. 6:40 headed out, full from breakfast. 7:00 arrived, checked the markers by the road.
By 8:02 the scene was set up, there was a 16 by 20 panel on the easel. And then, the thought came to me-- why not do this. Soon the 30 by 40 inch canvas was strapped to the easel. The contortionist painter reached behind the canvas and used bungee cords to lash the wooden canvas supports to the side of the easel legs. Whew.
The remedy was warm water on brush teased the slush crystals back to a usable state. Each time you mixed or loaded the brush with paint. It worked.
Twenty-eight minutes. Stages, next.
I was interested in snow on top of a short wide log, a leaning hollow trunk on the far side, snow on melting ice, the stream bubbling underneath, two branches at my feet, bank trunks on the other side. All this reaching, drawing with paint, hurry, focus, paint, look down, mix colors -- uh oh -- the snow is evaporating before my eyes, hurry hurry, focus, paint.
A log, next.
At 10:30 AM I set canvas carefully in the trunk to set flat. Hope it can dry in the trunk. Went to look at two scenes. 11:00 painting is not drying. Carefully set painting flat inside car with heater on, for paint to set up and dry. Eat half of sandwich, heat up my boots in car. 11:21 lifted painting out of car. Set up on easel. Secure bungee cords.
The snow was evaporating on the creek bed. Mutter, mutter. 12:21 pm end. 12:38 load car, head home. 1:00 pm home. Download photos and videos. Painting hung on living room wall.
Bluff Creek No.4 Snow
30 x 40 inches