|Lilacs in an old farmyard, oil on canvas, 14X11, by little old me.|
Yesterday I spent four hours painting standing up. I was able to finish—if not brilliantly, at least successfully. I think I’m on target for recovery before I leave for Maine in mid-July.
|Here's the barn. Ain't she a beauty?|
This barnyard—at G and S Orchards in Walworth, Ontario County—spoke to me the first time I saw it. Niagara County was dairy and apple-growing country when I was a kid, and I really enjoy being up close to a farm again.
But I’m grateful I’m not running it. Gary told me he was up at 3:30 AM, and he would be working until 9:30 PM.
I’ve again laid out the steps of this painting for my beginning painting students:
|A careful drawing, to start. This one, again, is in watercolor pencil.|
|A map of darks using a thin wash of ultramarine-and-burnt-sienna.|
|A color-map of thin paint. From here you can go forward to paint the details.|