Sachuest

Lots of ducks cooing and whistling near me this morning. 10×14”

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Still Left

Here are today’s drawings. Still left handed.

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Back Outside

I made it back outside this morning for a quick painting. It was very windy and below freezing. The vodka added to my water helped keep it from freezing again. 10×14”

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More Left

I still have to draw with my left hand. It’s feeling more natural the more I do it, and I think my line is definitely more confident for some reason. I’m still trying to focus more on line than tone.

  

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Surfers End Again

I worked on this painting plein air for five visits. I then cleaned it up a lot at home out of my head remembering the experience of being there on the beach.

This started a long time ago in my attic while painting with my kids. I wish I had photos of all the steps this one went through. Originally the land mass was much larger and the horizon was up near the top of the painting with little sky. The colors were very bold and straight from the tube. It was very dramatic (unlike me). I wasn’t happy with it so it sat untouched for months.

Eventually I moved the canvas to my basement and reworked it. I moved the horizon down and reduced the land mass. I knocked the colors way back to a more natural target. I’d painted at this location several times and composed the painting out of my head controlling how I wanted it to be orchestrated. I thought I’d try to do this in reverse and make the painting I wanted fitting the days I went out to paint it. Usually I get the painting that the weather and site dictates on the day and time I get to paint. When I was happy with the composition I started taking it down to the beach to work on it plein air trying to maintain my original construction. There was a lot of information missing that I could only get from observing the scene directly. I didn’t want this painting to be an abbreviation.

Most of my visits were on days when there were no waves. I got used to seeing this for weeks with no waves. When I finally got to visit on a day with good waves it changed the entire mood. I was used to it being much calmer and quieter so I may eventually do a smaller one with no waves.

Surfers End In January, acrylic on canvas, 24×36” 

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Slow Left

Continuing to work with my left hand. Slower today.

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Rocks

I love the rocks here. 9×12”

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Left Again

Another day at figure group using only my left hand.

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Left Hand

At figure group today I drew one 5 minute pose with my right hand….

…but I’ve been having shoulder pain so the rest of the day I had to switch to my left hand. The rest of these are 20 minute poses, all left hand.

And I had to try one watercolor left handed.

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Cut Short

My son missed the school bus today so my time at figure group got cut short. Still trying to work more on line.

The light on her flank was absolutely gorgeous for this short pose. I really wish it would’ve been the long pose rather than just a few minutes.

This was just two 20 minute sessions. My son called and needed to be picked up from school. I didn’t have time to really get some paint on this one.

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