Escape

I got to escape my house today and headed for some isolation at the wildlife refuge. My kids start their 2 weeks of home schooling tomorrow so I’ll be back to sketchbook sketches from photos until next weekend. This is a terrible photo, but I haven’t figured out a good way to photograph wet oil paintings yet. 12×16”

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Quarantine Week 1

Here are some pages from my sketchbook that I did this week. I’m working from photos and squeezing them in whenever I can. They’re small and I can get them done in one sitting while my kids are occupied.

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Distraction

I find it hard to work through distractions. I need to focus and sort of wander into my happy place and ignore everything else. Yesterday my distraction was the tide. When I arrived on location the tide was very far out so I could reach an area I usually can’t get to. While I painted, however, I couldn’t help but keep a constant watch on the tide coming in and my escape route disappearing. It was too much of a distraction and I eventually just packed it in and quit.

I’m not happy with this for a few reasons, but there are some things I do like about it so I won’t set it on fire. Sometimes they just don’t work. It’s always fun to be out trying though.

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Sketchbook

Here’s another page from my sketchbook. It is a watercolor copy of Gustave Doré’s Andromeda. I stopped when I realized the reproduction I was working from was garbage. I tried to fix some of the problems but just decided to call it done.

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Wave

Some nice waves this morning.

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Struggle

A rough day at figure group today. Wasn’t sure of my direction. 3 minute poses.

20 minute poses.

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Sketchbook

Here’s a page from my sketchbook. I slipped and fell (twice!) on those snowy, icy rocks on Saturday morning and I’m still sore so I spent some time sitting in a chair taking it easy. Some ear studies in watercolor.

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Dusting

We got a dusting of snow overnight and I’m afraid it will be the only snow of our winter this year. The wind was really strong so it limited my options. 9×12”

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Today’s Pages

Here are today’s pages from my sketchbooks done at figure group.

3 minute poses to warm up.

5 minute pose

20 minutes

Multiple 20 minute sessions

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Calm

It was a clam, cold morning today. I’m not crazy about the composition, and whenever I paint this rock I just want to focus on the rock but always get distracted by the rest of the scene.

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