And I have nothing else to do but sketch or paint until I have to get ready to go see Sandy Maudlin's demo at the Cincinnati Art Club this evening (she asked me to be her dinner guest). It's going to be a great demo!
I got some new art supplies yesterday from Daniel Smith: paints, gouache, and new Multimedia Artboard.
And I had to have Perinone Orange because Suzanne of Landscape Into Art(http://suzannemcdermott.blogspot.com/)
uses it in her landscapes and I really like her landscapes. I know, getting this color won't make me paint like her. I don't want to paint like her, I want to paint like myself. However, I would like to be able to paint a little landscape without so much effort and anxiety and overworking it. And only practice will make me be able to paint a landscape I'm not ashamed of. So...practicing...
I taped an Arches coldpress block into 4 pieces (2 are 5" x 7" and 2 are 4 1/2" x 6 1/2") and just tried to put down something using color and thinking landscape. The more I try, the better I might get, right? No photo reference, just letting the paint create a landscape.
And for those who are saying, "What the heck is Allmedia Artboard?" It is a hard board, very thin, that you paint on to get some great textures. It's not as runny and hard to manage as yupo or tygerag (Tyvek) but not as easy to work with as gessoed paper - but fun!! Here's a painting I did of a white bird of paradise on the "rough" side of the artboard (the more textured side). You should be able to click on this and get a larger version so you can see the texture and granulation that comes from painting on this surface.