|I paint on a lot of cliffs. At least this one has a rail.|
With temperatures going above 100˚F everyday, painting outdoors is not a good idea. Artist Jason Sacran and I tried to create a plan that would be safe and bearable. We would get up early and try to do a painting before the heat really kicked in. We'd spend the afternoons in the studio and end each day with a sunset or nocturne. The first morning worked like a charm. We drove to the top of Mount Magazine, the highest summit between the Appalachians and the Rockies. It was at least twenty degrees cooler on top than down on the plains. With a slight breeze, I was actually comfortable.
|Cameron Bluffs, 6 x 12, oils.|
That afternoon we headed for the studio where Jason finished up some in-progress paintings and I started my first self-portrait. The plan of attack was to paint just like doing a landscape, blocking in the major shapes and then breaking them into smaller ones and saving a few details for last. It was great having a portrait specialist around for feedback.
|Fifty-Two, 11 x 14, oils.|
|A Bit Drafty, 6 x 12, oils.|
I'd love to paint in the Arkansas River Valley again but next time let's make it Fall or Spring.