Thursday, July 12, 2007
Here is a painting I did at my friend Jeff Gandert's house. Jeff is a wonderful wildlife painter that lives near Milford. He has some wonderful property that he lives on with his dogs and a bunch of chickens. Carl Samson and I drove out there to do some landscape painting. First thing, Jeff made us some omelets with fresh eggs. In his living room he had a cage with about 28 small chicks that he just got in the mail- did you know they mail live chicks in a box? We had a low key day, but I did do one painting that I kind of liked. I enjoyed the view of his yard from just inside the tree line of the woods behind his house, but it needed something. So I pushed an old wheel barrow with a flat tire from his house to the middle of my picture. Unfortunately I realized that this is the wagon holds that stuff that gets cleaned out of the dog cages. Also, unfortunate was the direction of the breeze. I had a great time painting this picture, despite the occasional whiff of dog doody.
Well, this painting has been on the easel for a very long time. Almost a year. I have not touched it some time as I have been on other things. As soon as I tidy up and finish a commission and a few other small things, I will get on this one and knock it out.
I posted this mostly to shame myself into finishing it, plus it had been too long since my last post. Just so you know, this has been up for so long that the red and blue of the Japanese doll has faded to a different hue and value to that on the painting when I laid it in a year ago.