Monday, March 25, 2013
I did snap a photo of a downy woodpecker who was not eating, but hiding from the snow under this little arbor There were at least one dozen red cardinals out in the back fence row a little later.
I found that the zoom on my phone was no worse than the one on my Canon DSLR (from the doorway at least). I had no desire to get my toes wet.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Just For Fun I took a class in painting using the techniques of the "Old Masters". This is not my typical style at all.
So why did I do it?
There are several reasons.
Reason #1 To see if I could do it.
Reason #2 To correct some of my bad painting habits.
Reason #3 To get out of my cave and paint with other people
Reason #4 To get out of my comfort zone.
Reason #5 The teacher is an old friend of mine.
Reason #6 To spend lots of money on fine sable brushes.
Reason #7 I secretly have a need for people to yell at me
Reason #8 To learn some fun "trade secrets"
Reason #9 To learn how to properly use a mahl stick
Reason #10 To drive myself absolutely crazy
Yes. Sometimes I do crazy things. This is my first attempt at this excruciating realism down to the water drops. (I kind of like the water drops). I did enjoy rendering the metal bucket but I despised painting those lady apples.
This process is much more like drawing and less like painting to me. I am used to large canvasses, large brushes, wild colors and thick layers of paint. This method is quiet and meditative. I suppose it is therapeutic to a degree.
I subscribe to the belief that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger so I am continuing this class for another session. I'm actually learning a bit. You can leave your love/hate comments. I've already heard them from my children.