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Hudson Fellowship Day 18

Kaaterskill Boulder and Pool (work in progress)
9 x 12 inches
oil on panel

The background is still not done, but I made a lot of headway today working on this painting I started a couple days ago. I'm finding I've had to re-learn what I have already learned in my studio work:
  1. Slooooow waaaaay doooooown.
  2. Mix up puddles of the main colors and values with a palette knife before working with the brush.
  3. Look, look, look... only put down one single stroke and then look back again at the subject.
I know all this so well from my studio work, but somehow outdoors I feel I should be able to get away with slap-dash dabbling. Anyway, it's starting to sink in: I have to be calm and slow and look, even outside. It seems simple, but between the mosquitoes buzzing in my ears, the cold breeze chilling me to the bone, and tourist hikers snapping my photo every few minutes, I have apparently been distracted from everything I thought I knew. Glad it's starting to come back, had a lot of fun today.

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Reader Comments (3)

hi Sadie !! i like so much the way you think about the method and remembers it .
the good thing is that it apears on the work .in form of life .

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaio Fernandes

That is looking sooooo good.
What a pay off. Thank you for documenting your progress. It is a highlight for me.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Becker

Dear Sadie,
Thank you so much for posting your paintings and talking about your experiences. For those of us unable to study with Mr. Collins and Co. we can learn vicariously through you!
Keep up the great work!

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
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