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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Painting Again

Well.... today I decided to go out and paint and see how it went. Time to face it.

I was nervous.  It took me a while (too long) to find a spot, but being in the park was nice at least.
Mostly I was looking for a spot where I could stand in the shade, not too close to other people, with a decent view.  There were a lot of people in all the good spots so it took a while.  Sometimes people put their bikes in the good spots too, and that is irritating.

But I found a good enough location and set up.  A little bit into the painting the (LOUD) drums started.  I didn't realize I was so close to Bethesda Terrace... I put up with it but was feeling really rattled by the end and I couldn't wait to leave.

My vision is a challenge to work around.  It was mostly fine at the start but I couldn't see by the end, hardly at all.  Too much light in my eye.  I wanted to put bikers and a horse carriage in but I just couldn't see by the end to do it.  Plus the drums. I did take a break a little less than 2 hours in but it didn't help my vision.  At the end I had to coordinate between reading glasses and distance viewing.
And then I just couldn't see through all the light. So, challenges.

Painting is hard enough without having to coordinate around eyes. It's much harder to get into my zone, it almost felt like my beginning days where I was really just learning how to coordinate my gear and that was half the experience of being out. It's much nicer to be able to just focus on painting.

Since I do have that GARIN BAKER (!!) workshop coming up very soon, I need to re-acclimate and coordinate and figure it out.  I'll have to go out a few more times. But hopefully my eye will settle down more and this won't even be an issue.

8x10 oil Central Park.

Drusilla recognized the location which is astounding.... it isn't far from 72 and 5th.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is great. I love the light in the tree tops and sky. The colors are so bright and cheerful. Full of summer.


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