Monday, as I mentioned in my last post, was a "free painting" day. I chose to stay closer to home and visit one of my special spots. It's along Spring Creek, and surprisingly, there's a good bit of early fall foliage. The river willows have turned a beautiful yellow.
For the one above, I turned back to the painting knife. Painting with the knife in a larger format - this one is 12x16 - always takes me longer, so it was good to work in a place away from people and other distractions. The rushing of a waterfall behind me created a Zen-like space, and that made it all the more pleasurable. You almost need that when painting with a knife because, for me, knifework consists of lots of little precise movements and very few large strokes. I do start the painting with a brush, but once the initial block-in is complete, I turn immediately to the knife.
I also had some time to adjust the two paintings I did Sunday evening at my Cathedral Rock overlook. Both of these were done rapidly because of the fast-changing evening light and had some rough edges that needed work. I had fully intended to paint these with a knife, too, but because things were moving quickly, I didn't have time to make the switch. Once you're on a fast boat in the rapids, you don't want to risk trying to get into a slower one.
Here they are. Same scene, different light. The small one (9x12) was done just minutes before sunset.
This evening at 7 pm, Kevin Macpherson will be giving a talk on his "Reflections on a Pond" exhibit, which is currently up at the Sedona Arts Center. I admire his work a lot, and I'm looking forward to it.
Now it's time to head off to another location. Today we have some beautiful clouds.