The midwest and the south are suffering sweltering heat and humidity. Hot hot hot! Takes your breath away when you go outside. As if you've opened a hot oven door and are standing in that heat, trying to breathe. I hope you all are trying to stay cool and have a good air conditioning unit and fans and ice water and whatever else you need to keep your body heat down.
Me, I just thought I'd go back to this landscape and try again. I thought the greens would cool me down (plus it's cooler downstairs in my art room than upstairs right now).
To me, it still looks stiff. But, in an effort to be a better person, my comment on my calendar this week is:
Positive words need to be spoken twice as often as negative words.
Sure, we all know that, right? That little negative feels like a slap that is well remembered, when the positive feels like just a bit of fairy dust lightly brushing over us, soon to be forgotten.
So, in order to be more positive towards myself (as well as others), here's what I like about this:
I like the variety of greens, warms and cools and good distant colors and shapes. I like that I pushed the red barn back on the hill and let the white barn be larger. I tried to tie things together with quin burnt orange and a touch of red here and there. I think the fence posts look more like fence posts now.
Of course, there are still a lot of things I don't like about this - and the stiffness of the painting is the worst, for me. So...more working towards a goal and seeing if I can get there without giving up in despair!
Here is a nice cool page from Catherine Gill's landscape book - all the greens she makes from her palette colors (and I'll forgive her for using Rose Madder Genuine, a fugitive color no one should use no matter how lovely it is).
What are you doing to stay cool? Or are you lucky enough to live in a place where it is cool now with a nice breeze blowing and the windows open?