Perhaps the Best Day We Will Have All Summer

June 25, 2016

The temperature is in the 70"s and there was a slight breeze this morning. I thought of going over to the foothills about Star, but drove by the Caldwell City Golf Course and the light seemed right. I parked and painted a quick watercolor of the clubhouse and some old geezers practicing putting. It is nothing special, but it was such a comfortable, cool, inviting place in the shade of huge trees overlooking the little course. 

 

I did a value sketch quickly and liked it okay. My sketchbook was blowing open by the curb, but I did a sketch, really. 

 Michael and his family gave me an Amazon gift card for Father's Day and I used it to get some needed brushes. I took a photo to send to them and liked the photo so much I am including it here:

 Weird I know.

 

Here is a photo of the plein aire effort from Wednesday at The Crooked Fence. I lightened it, but it is still pretty dark. It is an 8 X10 canvas done in oils. Perhaps a bright frame. I don't like the pond rocks in a straight line, but that is how they appeared. It didn't bother me looking at them because of the variation in size. But then I didn't went ahead and painted them without varying the size/height much, duh. . . I also glazed a shadow under the trees and across part of the grass in the background, but the photo does not indicate much of a shadow.  

 Good art day, all in all. I finished two paintings, one started a long time ago of the Manti Temple (forgot to photograph, another duh . . .), and the golf course watercolor this morning. It has been a good day and tomorrow I get to do sketching at Finer Frames in Eagle. Life is pretty dang good.

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