October 18, 2016
Today’s Simple Nature Sketch
One of our neighbours has a steep bank for a front lawn. At one point a previous owner decided to solve their laborious lawn mowing chore, by putting up a stone wall. To soften the wall, a variety of plants were added. This virginia creeper vine became one of the chosen vines.
Today, as I walked past the wall, red stems and dark blue berries caught my eye. The brightness of the stems moved my eye towards the berries. Such an interesting navy blue added beautiful contrast to the deep red stems. Down the ditch I ventured, avoiding pools of water and soggy grasses. After gingerly picking my subject, it was time to head home to share it with the world.
I saw this idea on Instagram where a couple of artists used an Altoid Mint Can as a mini pochade box. I have seen them used for watercolors before, but never for oil paints. The two artists’ work I saw was in oils. It is such a portable idea, I thought it would be really cool to try it out.
Sooooo off I went to Grant’s Lake to test it out. This was definitely fun, but I almost froze to death. lol Hence the gloves and clothing layers. By the time I finished I was more than ready to jump into my warm car!
I painted on a 2x3in. flat wood panel and primed it with a bit of gesso first. The little frame I had for it was a bit too small, but I think I may have figured out another solution. I’m going to experiment with it and will post a photo if it works out. We took a photo of me holding the can so you could get an idea of scale. I held the can while I painted. I’m looking forward to painting more of these in the near future.
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