I was pretty sick earlier this week and have spent a lot more time sleeping and watching TV than normal. (98.6, it's good to have you back again.) This painting is from last week; I started it on the beach and finished it from a photo at home. I have to learn to paint faster!
So here I am painting in my backyard and thinking that some paintings should be sold with soundtracks. This one would be pretty new age-y, lots of birds, but with some angst. Behind me is the birdhouse with one of the parent sparrows who ARE NOT HAPPY that I'm painting there but they seem to have decided to just deal with it. The sounds- the anxious and annoyed chattering of daddy sparrow (in a tree a little farther away); the tiny peeps of the chicks inside the house; and the fluttering of wings behind me as the parents make continual stealth flights in and out to feed them. A few other birds, a lawnmower and a plane going overhead would complete the soundtrack.
I've fallen back in love with gouache. It's really nice to work outdoors with something that dries immediately, is opaque, and uses water instead of turp or mineral spirits. It's so easy to make changes, I don't know why it's not more popular.
I've been wanting to do a larger painting of our shade garden, like, SOFA sized, so I decided to do some sketches first. Yesterday I worked on a few pencil sketches, and this morning I did the color sketch on the bottom. It's painted with gouache, which I used to use all the time as an illustrator, but haven't used for probably a couple of years. I was disappointed but not surprised to find that a number of my tubes of paint had dried up, but there was still enough usable paint to make it work.
On a recent trip to Newport we managed to get some half decent weather to do a little plein air painting. The view from Sachuest, with the light catching the front of St. George's school on top of the hill in the distance, is really beautiful.