Sunday, October 30, 2011

Early Snow acrylic on canvas

Its too early for this isn't it? The leaves haven't even finished turning yet let alone falling off the trees.
This is a quick sketch looking out the front window of this unusual event. Now we will be shoveling and raking leaves at the same time.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I'm back from our trip upstate, it was a good trip as always.We had rain every day except Monday and Tuesday but that didn't stop us from fishing and scouting other streams to add to our list.

I got some painting in too, I wanted to try out a light for painting at night. Its called a Mighty Bright and it clamps onto the top of my easel so I can see the canvas panel and my paints in total darkness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

This is a painting of the logs in the fire ring
Tom and fire

When I turned around the moon was rising and clouds constantly passing by so I decided to capture what I could for the rest of the night.

This is a set of pine trees painted at dusk

The rushing waters of Hyner Run  coming out of the forest.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Annual flyfishing/painting trip

My brother and I head out Sunday morning for our annual flyfishing trip to northcentral Pa. We do alot of walking, climbing, and crawling along the streams during the coarse of a day,and I like taking my portable paintbox( wood cigar box) with me but by the end of the day it starts feeling pretty heavy so this year I wanted to try to lighten the load a little.  This portable setup is just for my stream  fishing, I also bring an easel and tripod when  back at the cabin.

To lighten the load I am going to leave the box at home.
I have different size pieces of canvas I precut and toned to get rid of the white of the canvas. These I will tape onto a 8x10 masonite panel which will be my easel now, I can prop it up against a tree or a rock or just hold it in my hand. I am also switching paints, going from oils to acrylics. With the fast drying acrylics I won't have to worry about smearing the painting while we are walking to the next spot. I just remove the dry painting from the masonite panel and tape on another canvas.

To help keep the acrylics workable I brought a bottle of Liquitex pallette wetting spray. I was actually looking for a spray bottle to put water in and found this.It is liquid medium. I'll use a small clear plastic pallette to put the paints on.
To wash the  brushes I have a small container of soapy water, a rag and sponge in a ziplock bag for cleanup.
A week of flyfishing and painting sounds pretty good to me. The weather forcast is not as promising, chance of rain each day except Monday.

Will return on Fri afternoon.

Here are some images from past trips.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Heavy Fog

My wife and I visited Marsh Creek State Park to do a little fishing. On the 45 minute drive there we  experienced heavy fog making it hard to see in front of you. When we arrived at the lake all you could see was fog. Finally at 10:30 the sun started to show, all you could make out was a white dot in the sky and underneath that was a bright reflection in the water from the sun. This is my impression from that morning.

Peeking Thru 6"x6" oil