The painting for the convention is progressing. The main subject
is the Capitol building of The Commonwealth of Virginia. I am taking
my time as I gradually build the scene. During this week, I have worked
more on the buildings and added the fountain and the iron fence.
Work in progress: this year's convention painting.
As I said last week, I can never rush a watercolor painting. Unlike
an oil painting, in which you can make changes by painting over, with
watercolor you have to get it right the first time. When I have completed
a section, I prop the painting against a table close by my easel and
start work on something else. Every time I break, I look back at the
painting, waiting for the moment when inspiration tells me how to
proceed with the next phase.
I already know in general what I am going to do but it is these progressive
steps of insight that give the painting a natural feel. I am patient
and wait for them to come to me instead of trying to seek them out.
I hope I have explained this in a way that makes sense to you.
Apple blossom scene Pat is currently painting.
I am also showing you an apple blossom scene that is coming close
to completion. I have painted it in what has become known as my Valley
Style that dates back to my first moving to the Shenandoah Valley
almost forty years ago. Goodness, it seems impossible it was all those
years ago! It must be so because Chris, my youngest, was born in Waynesboro
and he will be 37 this year.
Malcolm under the bed persuading the visitors to leave.
As a break this week Malcolm and I held a pot luck at the farm with
seven friends joining us. We had three additional visitors. The little
goats we had bottle fed a month ago snuck in when we were not looking
and took up temporary residence beneath the bed.
Hombre enjoys Pat's attention.
Later on a tour of the farm, I showed how Hombre, our gentleman pig,
likes to have his nose scratched.
More next week.