After suffering for over a week with sciatica and a blood clot (!), I finally felt surprisingly good yesterday morning, so off I set to do some plein airs. Summer is on its way out and I hated to waste a single day.
Hard to photograph because of the strong sunlight/shadow setup. Maybe I can fix later. Of course there are always little things here and there that could use “touching up”. As you can see, I generally try to find a shady spot to stand in. Whenever I see a vast field of something, it reminds me of the big landscapes of Clyde Aspevig. He can take a seemingly blank field of weeds – nothing there! – and turn it into a masterpiece. Something to aspire to! I remember he’d take our class out into the countryside, park along a road and do a painting of a hillside with a single tree, making it look absolutely amazing. Then he’d turn us loose. We’d be flopping around, scratching our heads, muttering and struggling – exasperated, trying in vain to “make a painting out of nothing“!