Day 4. Thursday. Another glorious morning to get us started. Actually, I slept in and missed the pre-breakfast painting session. Shame on me. In fact, I almost missed breakfast! I blame it on not being able to sleep well at night due to bear activity.
But that's a lie. We had no bears. Only chipmunks and ground squirrels, but they don't make good camp stories, do they? It was probably just the wind that kept me up.
Anyway when I got up most everyone was already done with breakfast and was assembling their lunches. That was the m.o. - Gene lays out all the lunch meats and snacks, and we build our sandwiches and stuff 'em into brown bags to take with us on our daily painting excursions so that we don't have to hike up and down just to eat.
Bill is still eating his breakfast, and everyone else is making their lunch. I've yet to eat my eggs and sausages.
A late start but thanks to the vertical-ness of my subject matter, the shadow patterns remained interesting for a long while. This is up at Gem lakes. I did a painting from the same spot last year, but I can't seem to find a shot of it right now. I'll post if I find it. I did put more color in it this time. (which in my case, doesn't mean a whole lot. LOL)
Here's the thumb for my painting. I've been doing these quick two to three value organizations lately. Very helpful in simplifying the structure.
Here's Bill Cone, with his pastel set up. Notice the stance mimics the tripod.
For my second painting, I decided to do a value study. I was tired after the first one, and thought it would be easier to limit my colors. Turns out, it was harder, not easier! I used Ultramarine, Transparent Oxide Red, and White. No yellows. It really took a lot of effort to wrap my mind around the fact that I have no green to paint those trees. It was a challenging and rewarding exercise. I think I'll do more of these in the future.
Daniel squinting to see the values.
Here's Jim. Doesn't he look like an ad for plein air painting gear?
We ended the day with nice juicy steaks with red wine - mushroom sauce. Doesn't get much better than this!