I posted this painting earlier in its first “pochade” state. I’m continuing to work on it. Thought it would be interesting to smooth it out. I have decided to follow Corot’s tracks for a while — Camille Corot, the great mid-19th century French painter.
Even though I’m working from a photograph, I don’t know exactly where the painting is going since one makes little changes. After enough little changes, one has a lot of changes!
I’m working from someone’s photo now ( just as the old masters painted landscapes in their studios) and its being someone else’s photo explains why I must change the image — since I’m loath to steal another person’s clouds. And once the weather warms up, I’ll be doing some landscape outdoors. But I only work outdoors when Mother Nature presents me with a perfect day. I don’t like to get my toes cold or my brow all sweaty. That’s why we’ve got windows.
Okay, just kidding. Every day that Mother Natures presents IS a perfect day. (She made me say that.)