Wednesday, October 25, 2017
I have had little motivation to paint, but started a new painting of Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick anyway. I need to get help with color mixtures next week when I go back to class. As I start feeling better and get back to doing things myself, I hope I will paint more. As it is, my wonderful husband has to drive me everywhere since I can't drive for a few more weeks. I do try to wake up each day with positive energy, but it has been hard.
Hopewell Rocks is really interesting. The tides change on the Bay of Fundy with great force and an alarm sounds so the tourists go up the ladder before the tide comes in. It is also possible to boat around the big rocks when the tide is in. When we went there years ago, we were in time to walk around the rocks at low tide. You are actually walking on the ocean floor, not just a beach there.
After looking at hundreds of photos on my computer, I decided I wanted to paint a picture with people in it, something that kind of tells a story. I had done a acrylic painting on paper of this area many years ago, but decided to try this in oil paints as I am in an oil painting class now. There are many interesting rock formations there and I could make a whole series if I felt like it.
I had done a sketch of this scene in pencil at one point, but the puppy ate a good part of it. Luckily, I had already made a photo before he chomped it. I used a projector to enlarge my original photo for my canvas. That was easier than doing a grid.
I also had a good start on a painting of my old house in NH in the fall (I'm only a little homesick as I'm enjoying our new house in Idaho). I still need help with shadows and some details to finish this one.
I have a list of easy hikes nearby so once I can walk better, you will start seeing more photos, sketches and paintings from Idaho. I'm looking forward to exploring my new home state.