A lot has been going on for the last few days and both the blog and art have taken a break. Our fence is up, the dog is ecstatic (chasing squirrels, chipmunks and a frog today,) the driveways have been graded and nice new gravel is in place. For two days I have been working in the yard to further clear the remaining twigs and leaves and also finally eliminate all the junk from behind the garage. It was supposed to be hauled away by our landscaper, but some of it remains. Slowly we are getting it all to the dump and then plans for utilizing the gray stone and slate pieces for patio areas will be discussed. A birdbath and a new umbrella for our outdoor table were purchased and it is quite nice to sit among the birds and critters and enjoy the sounds of spring.
Feeling a little guilty that I haven’t created any time for art making, I decided today would be a good day. The morning was spent in the yard and tonight we will be treated to a lovely dinner at Ray and Pam’s house. Grilled rib eye steaks are on the menu. It is sure to be a great meal. Since I didn’t have to plan to make dinner here, I knew there would be uninterrupted afternoon time to work on something.
A return to watercolor today was partially successful. I chose to combine some photos I took of my nephew’s launching of his kayak. This beautiful kayak was made entirely by my nephew. It is as much a work of art as it is a functional and water-worthy craft. Painting water and grass didn’t pose the usual problems today. I managed to quickly get a reasonable facsimile of the inlet and bank. The figures were a bit more troublesome. My nephew, stepping into the kayak isn’t too terrible, but his son watching on the edge of the water actually seems bigger than his father. Somehow the perspective is a little off and father and son appear to be closer in space than they actually were. I think the slight incline on which the son is standing appears to be right at the water’s edge. Oh well. Better luck next time. I may try a similar image as a collage, but use a more abstracted version of the painting.