As much as the trip dominates my thoughts, the canvas demands my attention. It has been easy for me to sit down at odd times and just start working. I know what I want to do, I know what I need to do, and I just go about doing it without fretting. If there is one thing I must say I like about acrylic paints, it's that it is so incredibly easy to clean up following a session. Oils are a bit messy and cleaning brushes requires a lot of care. But acrylics? Quick and painless.
Saturday afternoon after running in the park and then running errands with Zeke (including planting in our raised bed in the community garden at the JCC), I got down to business at the easel. It was time to make Eagle Creek sing on my canvas. Even though I had already painted most of it in, it still took over 2 hours to rework the trees, reflection and the lake. After laying in the ripples on the lake surface, I knew I was done. I just brushed in some grass in the foreground and called it a day. It was a good session.
Last night I had spent some time going through old photos and pulled out all my pictures from my many trips to the desert. The crevices and the cracks and crannies of the granite mountains are so distinctive, and my photos had captured them. So I had to paint them in. I like the results - compare the pink blobs I originally painted to lay in color to the finished mountain in the photo to the right. It took quite a bit of time to paint the foreground mountains and the wadi, which is Arabic for valley. I still have the mountains in the background to finish up, but even with the work I have completed thus far, I can tell that I like the way the desert frames the left side of the painting.