Saturday, November 01, 2008

Falling Into Place

The local Friday paper always has all the flyers in it - sad, perhaps, that I look forward to leafing through them on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon. My motivation is pretty simple most of the time. I'm looking for things like ice cream and chocolate to be on sale...and usually spend the rest of the weekend talking myself out of stocking up. I've already got a trip to Shoppers' Drug Mart planned for this weekend, because they've always got a good selection of chocolate and as the day after Halloween, there's sure to be some good deals. Much to my excitement, I see that Ben & Jerry's is also on sale! That will fit in perfectly with my insane month! Do you remember cramming for exams? That would never be complete (or, perhaps, even possible) without ice cream and chocolate! It's kind of like that.

So, on to day one of my horse-a-day painting! I'm starting with horses on the farm. Today I painted Twine, a 9 year old Thoroughbred broodmare. This is 8 x 10 oil on panel, and I've used a very limited palette of burnt umber, ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, yellow ochre, titanium white and a touch of cadmium yellow light. While she won nearly $160,000 on the track, Twine's claim to fame – around here – anyway, is that she's little Gracie's mom! She's in foal again, due in mid-February.

I'm really happy with today's painting, though it wasn't the way I anticipated working. My battery backup died last week, so outlets are at a premium until I replace it, which means not everything can be plugged in at once - power supply for the laptop, monitor, laser printer, giclée printer, external drive, scanner, USB hub...where did all this stuff come from? Anyway, my reason for bringing this up is, rather than print out the photo to work from, I decided to just put it up on the monitor and work from there. This is a little awkward, but I went with it. To simplify things, however, I decided to do the drawing in pencil so that I could face the monitor directly as I drew, rather than be looking over my shoulder sitting at the easel with a brush. I do intend to do most of these starting right with brush to surface.

I stayed up till midnight last night to start my writing project, and logged 1500 words or so before calling it quits. That means I still need to write a bit more today. Ideally, I'd like to write more than the 1667 I need to complete one-thirtieth of the total! I know there will be days when I don't have as much time as I'd like, and with NaNoWriMo it's not required that one writes every day (unlike this blogging and painting adventure!). It's only 6:10pm, so I have the whole evening ahead of me to get down some more!

See you tomorrow!


Kimberly Kelly Santini said...

Linda I'm proud of you!! If your words are 1/2 as good as Twine's painting, you'll be in excellent shape!! Love the light in this painting - it's wonderful!!

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks Kim! Only 29 more days to go...maybe it'll "take" though and I'll keep doing it! You know this will give me an even great appreciation for you daily painters!!