Monday, July 27, 2015

DAY 2 - LOOSENING UP!

It was good to take a break from this painting and let it semi dry before working on it.  I spent the weekend in and near Sisseton, SD, painting en plein aire.  It was great.  It was the first (of many I hope) for that area.  There were many painters there and so much to paint.  I definitely have to return there - probably in the fall with the color changes.  The activities were all held at the Farm Bed and Breakfast south of Sisseton.  It is a very old home which has been in the same family since the late 1800's.  Of course, it has been modernized, and Betsy, the hostess has put lots of time and money into developing it as a B & B.  It is such a peaceful place and would be very relaxing to stay there.  I was able to complete three small paintings, which was okay for 1& 1/2 days.  There were so many more I would have liked to do. 

The hospitality was wonderful, and for that I have to thank Alexis and Tonya, two art teachers in Sisseton, and Betsy. 

Today went well and I was able to retain the freshness of the painting, leaving brush strokes where they were placed rather than trying to blend them together.  This has been a goal of mine for a long time now and I feel like things are finally beginning to come together.  I completely changed the background color and made corrections to the drawing from the first day.  Hopefully, I'll be able to finish it in another day or two.

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