Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Seasoned By The Sea



6"x8" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival panel

"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Dinesen

Today was incredibly warm for February in New England, upper 40s. So of course I was determined to go out first thing to the shore line. Moody skies are always an attraction at this time of year, but it's certainly nice to not be knee deep in snow! Lots of things still going on in the home-front, so I've been keeping most of my paintings small lately. I carried my tiny little pochade box just to keep things easy, in case it was colder than I thought. So I worked with brushes. This box has an edge that holds the panel in, and it's not very conducive to painting with a knife (no free edges on the panel). So, I'm a firm believer in using the best tools for the circumstances. This provided a "quick-sketch" to consider color, etc. for a larger painting. Outdoor sketches done with this sort of speed, are good for the equivalent of "note-taking" to be developed further.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Norma Wilson said...

Beautiful Roxanne! You are so good to paint outside!

February 17, 2012 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Norma! Actually it felt so good to be outside - it's just strangely warm up here this winter. I'm wondering if Va. Beach is even warmer than this!!?? Everything is still brown and grey, I'm looking for signs of spring-but don't quite see it yet. But if it stays like this it can't be far behind!

February 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM  

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