Friday, July 6, 2012

A Cool Studio

Work in Progress - acrylic on canvas




It is around 40 degrees Celsius (with the humid ex) outside right now and its 5:30 in the afternoon. It has been like this for several days now, with a few breaks of thunder storms passing through. I have taken this opportunity to enjoy my air conditioned studio over the past few days...and evenings, to paint in my "cool studio".

Every few hours I go downstairs to let Xena, my White Shepherd out for a break...and its like being hit with a big wet, hot sponge! Like a wall of heat and moisture starts to seep its way into the house as soon as I open the door. Can't think of any other way to explain it.

For those of you that have never lived or experienced a hot and humid climate...you could never imagine what its like. It zaps the energy from you and leaves you weak and fatigued. I always compare it to being submerged in a fish tank...and I feel like I should be swimming as I gasp for air.

I think of those poor souls south of us, with the power outages, that are experiencing this heat without respite. I am so thankful for the airconditioning!

Above painting is coming along.There are 5 California Bighorn Sheep in the painting, total. Acrylic on canvas. Trying to keep is loose and impressionistic. Sometimes its difficult and I want to get into the details...especially with wildlife works, but this one I am using a larger paintbrush and keeping lines and shapes more simplified. At the same time, I am trying to create depth using overlapping of subjects and darker foliage in the front. This is going to be a challenge.

I have been itching to get outside to do some plein air painting! Its just too darn hot! And no...I am not complaining, not in the least bit! I am just nursing my sunburn and sore joints, from weeding the garden the other day.


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Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Og Mandino

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