Saturday, January 2, 2016

Terrytown Barn, January 2 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Terrytown Barn 9x12" oil on panel - sold

It's the second day of the 30 in 30 challenge, and we had sun all day today. We also just got snow here in Wisconsin about a week ago, and I always enjoy painting winter landscapes.

One thing that takes some consideration  when working outdoors is parking. In the summer it's easy to pull the car over into the ditch, and set up to paint. In our state, there is an easement, around 15-20 feet from the center line of the highway. What that means is that it's legal to park in the ditch, and stand there and paint. With the snow, it's impossible to simply pull into the ditch.

Today, I parked in a driveway 50 feet from where I stood. After I had my values sketch done, I saw a snowmobile coming down the driveway. He stopped at my car, and I started walking over to him. Thankfully, he was a really nice guy and just wanted to check and see if somebody needed help. It turns out that I used to work with his sister, at the Boys and Girls Club in Baraboo. I've had mostly good luck with people out in the field, but there have been a couple of instances where I had to remind the property owner of the easement on the road.

It was a nice sunny day, and I had a good time out in the field. I'm not sure if I'll go outside to paint for tomorrow's 30 in 30 painting, because the weather might not be as nice as today. That's alright because I got a few in today, and if it's cloudy I'll light up a still life in the studio.


carol edan said...

It's hard to think winter with such a warm painting. Love the shapes colors everything.

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

Fun video! I bow down to people who paint outside any time, but especially when it's cold.

Kyle Martin said...

Thanks, Carol. It's all too easy to paint blue landscapes in the winter, and I love late light in the winter because it warms things up.

Thanks, Sherry, good boots, and those stretchy gloves from the dollar store go a long way. If it's above 15 degrees, it's nice in the sun.