Thursday, January 23, 2014

More Hay

Recently, there seems to be a pattern to my days.  Either I do chores or I do errands in the morning, and then, my afternoons are spent on painting or sewing.

Today was another day of work on Hay Raking.  I won't show you what I did because there aren't any photographs, yet.  Suffice it to say that I spent my time "lifting" as much of the foreground as I could.  That simply means that I removed as much of the paint in that area as I could.  Then, while I waited for that to dry, the line of trees just beyond the field got my attention.  When the paper was dry enough, the field was up for an overhaul.  I think I have improved those two areas, or at least I like them better. 

 And I think I have figured out why I like the way this painting looks for the most part.  It has the feel of a book illustration to me, and once upon a time, that was what I thought I would do with my life.  This was during the first year of college when I was an art major (sculpture).  Even then I knew I would never be able to make a living with my art; I'm just not that good.  However, I thought maybe that I could illustrate children's books and support myself enough in between sculpting.  What did I know?  Not much, that's for sure.  But maybe that quality that I see in this painting is the reason I have a fondness for it.

Next I must tackle the lake.

Then I'll work on Raking the Hay 2 and see if I can apply what I have learned in during the first pass.

1 comment:

  1. Illustrating children's books sounds like a lot of fun. I'm sure it's turning out to be just beautiful and I'm looking forward to the big reveal!!

    Oh, and the pattern to your day is what I like to do on the weekends - chores in the AM and play the rest of the day.