Up too early for snow and painting

I am a little tired of the snow now. After a weekend where colors reappeared in the world, I awoke to this:

20140226-065033.jpgBeautiful of course, and my dog loved it–it’s nice to live on a suburban golf course because you get a country view without a country commute–, but I am ready to see colors again.

Over the weekend we went to a county park that’s an operating farm. I liked the colors, the light, and the geometry of the buildings so I took a few photos to work from back home. Thanks to my cat who woke me up around 5:30, I spent a little time on this small painting. I am working with a limited palette in this one: Cobalt Blue, Viridian, Permanent Alizarin Crimson (some quinacridone I forgot the name of), and Azo yellow (Sennelier Yellow Lake). I also mixed in a little Prussian blue with the cobalt/viridian mix for the sky. I will continue with this palette for the rest of this series, as it seems to be working well.

Here is my progress so far:

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Snow Day

We had a pretty good sized snow storm in the DC area today, so I worked from home. I have a nice view out the back window upstairs where I set up. It wasn’t one of those pretty snow days with lush pines coated in snow and cobalt blue shadows that make you want to stare out the window instead of working. Instead it was a purplish grey hazy snow day that turned out to be very busy on the work front. Still, I managed to fit in a quick watercolor sketch in my Moleskine sketchbook to clear my head for a minute. That smooth waxy paper turned out to be just right for the day.

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