Saturday, May 29, 2010
There are Magppies everywhere, swooping across the road in black and white elegance - such an extravagant bird! We see Blacktail Deer grazing on the roadside grass and blending into fields of stubble, still in their grey-brown winter coats. The sloughs and dugouts are brim full from recent rains, and swarming with ducks and terns. I look forward to more prairie as I finish this painting in Dad's driver's seat and wash my brushes in the sink as we begin to move north and east toward our next camp at Provost.
Click here for my closeup photo of Caragana in bloom - and for a photo of me painting in the drivers seat.
My canvas is propped on the steering wheel, steadied by my left hand, which also serves as a quiver for my brushes as well as holding a crumpled paper towel for wiping. My palette tray is on my lap, and the narrow glass jar of water is in the cup holder (these are water-mixable oils).
I find the wooden canvas stretchers convenient for handling the paintings, as there are sides to the edges, and space for my fingers at the back as I hold the wooden side bar of the stretcher. The edges are never painted until after the oil paint is well dried, and then I use fast-drying acrylic for the sides, so that the paintings may be hung unframed.
Posted by Aleta Karstad at 12:29 PM