Leaves are graygreen

More WCW today. Here, I'll just copy down the whole thing: William Carlos Williams, "Lines" (1921)

Leaves are graygreen, the glass broken, bright green.

Just a reminder to myself to be concise with selection and editing as I paint, and precise with color.

Here are some of the mountain studies from today and yesterday. Lots of graygreen moss around. The first one is 16" x 13", the second is a small acrylic sketch on handmade paper, about 6" x 5". IMG_2348IMG_2349

Alas, I bought a huge stash of Icelandic Lopi wool today, so it will take all my willpower to not get sidetracked with knitting hats.

"...I was born to be lonely, I am best so!"

The poem Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams was with me as I sat alone in the studio, enjoying the silence.  As a creative person I often crave solitude, and even the complicated and conflicted moments of loneliness that solitude brings with it.  That is the emotional space I look for when I paint.  In this sparsely populated country you don't have to wander far to find yourself completely alone in the world, physically anyway.  Not a person, not a car, at least for as far as the eye can see.  Here is the view from a lovely quiet hillside, in a valley protected from the wind, on an unusually clear and sunny day.

IMG_2083I did a few  paintings over the last three days, around 10"x12" or 9"x9" in that range.  I painted the one below from that quiet hillside.  It was a rare treat to sit comfortably outside and paint for a couple of hours, instead of inside the car.

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This is a studio painting:IMG_1905And here, my biggest painting yet, ever.  Really.  It was one of my goals of this residency to push my work to a larger format. It's about 16" x 14", so this is progress.  I'm still tweaking it here and there, but this is what it looks like right now:IMG_1966