Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I got my behind in a pickled...

 Well as I said in my last blog I want to share with y'all my experience with what I thought was a day taking a picture of an old barn.

   Hubby and I had plan a family vacation to Utah at the end of June 2013 but as I was working at VQ I found out from a board member that he thought it was hot out there during this time of the year. So when I got home I told hubby and then check the Weather Channel on my laptop and found that it was 118* out there, so we opted to stay home for our vacation.

 Well after a few days hubby gets this great idea to head out to Central Valley, Ca. (San Diego County) to our favorite campground, which is much cooler than home. (we were 99* and up with high humidity.)  So now I only have 1 1/2 days to get the RV ready, clean house, shop for food, find someone to come and feed our dogs (Thank ya Maria. Y'all are my HERO!), etc.
Boy was I pooped
 but I got it done and on the road we went. YEA!!!!


On Wednesdays 07/03 we headed out and after about 2 1/2 hour of driving we arrived at the campground and boy it was so nice and relaxing (The temp was in the 80's).

 The next day was the 4th of July

So hubby, our son and yours truly, head out to San Diego, Ca where it was even cooler (70's) but the people were like the hair on ur head, so we headed back to Center Valley and that is were I saw the old broken down big shed and barn. My heart was set and I need to take a picture of it.

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 This drawing of Two Old Barn Doors is one that I did in 2009

 So back at the campground I wanted to do a little plein air and I kept looking at this bush just a few feet in front of our 5th Wheel. So the next day I pull out my painting gear and went to paint.

As I started this 5"x7" canvas panel I could hear and see all the folks in the pool. Playing, laughing, kids splashing, mom yelling at little Timmy to leave his sister alone and I was having a hard time trying to keep my focus on my painting.

The next day I went back to finish the painting and again the pool was full of folks having fun. (my own son was one of them by the way) (.*u*.) 

So again with all the noise I still found it hard to focus but I was determine to finish this study painting of a bush and I did.

Later on that day Hubby needed to make a milk run and I still had that old broken down big shed and barn on my mind. So I ask hubby if he could take me  to the Barn so that I could take some pictures of it. Little did I know that I was about to get my behind in a pickled.

Hubby and I got in the truck and we headed out to the barn. I know that y'all can not go onto someone lands but ya can park out on the street. So hubby pull over, I got out of the truck and started to take a picture.

Next thing I heard was someone yelling "HAY!!!" ready loud and what look like to me, two older teen age boys/young men started to come at me.

   Well I stood my ground and yell back "I AM A ARTIST AND WOULD LIKE TO TAKE SOME PHOTO'S OF Y'ALL BARN"... At that point we yelled back and fourth to each other but I could not hear them half the time.

 After a few minutes of the yelling back and fourth I took other click with my camera and the yelling started up again and by this time I got an uneasy feeling when I saw one of the boys/men go into the house and that is when I decided to abandon the barn and get out of Dodge.

I ready wanted a pic of the old broken down big shed and a front view of the barn but it was not worth all the hassle. There are a lot of other barns out there... this one was not worth it.
So what did I learn from all of this? I learn that being a studio artist y'all in a safe, comfortable environment. Unlike a photographer or plein air artist who are at the mercy of the environment and crazy folks . My hat goes off to y'all.

Well until next time, Happy Creating and God Bless

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's been a while since I posted...

Well it has been a while since I posted so come on in...
 get your tea or coffee, but don't rush for its just been way to hot to rush around! Music please.
 Hummmmm! Hummmmmmm! Hummmmmmm! (Sing to my self)
O' y'all are back, come on in and sit a spell. Take ur shoes off and relaxes.
Will as most of ya know I am a self taught artist and last year I wanted to take my  the to the next level by trying my hand at Plein Air. So for the past year I have been studying Plein Air on YouTube and this year I have been buying my gear and getting out of the boat and walking on water.  
Here y'all can see I am using a French Easel (for now, I have my eye on a Integra Field and Studio easel next), a Julian French Easel Umbrella and a Wet Lock Box Palette (love it!)
Last year during spring I stumble across this little gem.
  When I went back to it this Summer, I took this photo of the same place.


So on July 1, 2013 I pack up the car and headed out. Once I got to my destination I started my first Plein Air  painting. (*u*)
Here's hoping that all those hours that I spent watching Plein Air on YouTube will pay off.

As I work on this painting the weather was changing quickly and I kept an ear out to hear if the thunder was going to roll in. Being close to the mountains u just never know.

I thought I was going to be using a paint brush to paint with but just did not feel right, so I went back to my pallet knife again. As y'all can see in the mountains.


Here I 'am getting lost in the painting and listening to the woodpecker, the dogs playing across the street, an owl who kept hooting off an on for a bit early that morning and the sweet doves singing their song. I even saw a ground squire pop up his/her head and running around as if to see what I was doing HA-HA 

I have been painting for about 2 1/2 hours. This painting is about 95% done. Need to shorten my mountain and push them back some.

Will the sun has broke out and the humidity has gone up. YUCK!!!
Thank God I am wrapping up this painting and taking it back to the studio to finish.
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 Back in the studio.
I did a little more work by cutting down the distant mountains and pushed them back. Added the small trees and bushes and reworked the fence line. 
Well my next blog, I will be writing about how I got my self in a real pickle when I took a picture of an old barn while on vacation that I was thinking about painting back at my studio.

Well until next time, Happy Creating and God Bless


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