Tuesday, June 08, 2010

brilliant summer

Reflections on the boat hull.

 What I do to pass the time while Peter's getting the boat ready.

Over the weekend I also, finally, spent some time figuring out how to use the tripod for my Guerrilla Painter pochade box. Like many painters, I like "equipment," and I've had this 9x12 box for years but haven't used it much because I always had difficulty setting it up. Now that Peter showed me how it's supposed to work, it's a snap.
The last place I used it was in the Florida Keys, where Peter attached this sticker to it. It's perfect because I do love Pigeon Key.  
Now I have to get used to painting using this setup, which is awkward for me--you have to reach across, over the palette, to get to the paper (too bad the top doesn't swivel around, like the screen on a portable DVD player, for those of us who like to be closer to the paper).
Of course, it may be a good thing to have to extend my arm more fully ... less control, more energy?
I can--now that I know how to work the tripod--tilt the box so the bottom is angled and I'm closer to the paper.
After this little test painting, my arm was tired!

A poem I received via email from Poets.org: one of my favorite poets on one of my favorite subjects.
Summer Song
by William Carlos Williams

Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning,—
a detached
sleepily indifferent
smile, a
wanderer's smile,—
if I should
buy a shirt
your color and
put on a necktie
where would they carry me?

 BTW: Someone asked how I "manipulated" the piling reflection photo. Simple: using the Picasa photo storing and editing software, in the "effects" box, I chose "tint" and selected a color. Done and done.
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RHCarpenter said...

I'd much rather be doing what you are doing than getting the boat ready :) Beautiful painting - both of these - and I always love your water paintings (anything with the sea and sand). This does look like a new learning experience with your pochade box but I can see you up and running in no time - and look forward to the paintings you create using it.

Barbara Weeks said...

I love the thumbnail!

A Brush with Color said...

Laura, these paintings are beautiful! I bought myself a table easel for the first time--(got a really good deal,) for my last watercolor workshop: it folds up and even has a nice little handle. I never really used an easel before and I LOVED it! I'm so glad I got it. I am now a huge convert. Your pochade box looks wonderful!

Charlene Brown said...

Like so many of your beautiful posts (the stories as well as the paintings) this has got me thinking, 'maybe I should try that...'

Anonymous said...

I never used an easel or painted upright until I took classes. I must say I really like it and the effect one sometimes gets from the gravity of the paint running down. Helps withe the loose approach. Your paintings are a great example of painting what you like and know. They are so fresh and spontaneous too.

AutumnLeaves said...

Love the photos but the painting is downright gorgeous! I think I want one of those boxes!!


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