Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Yesterday was a perfect summer day. So, we headed in to Burlington to paint along the shores of Lake Champlain, New England's West Coast. Looking across the lake, you can see the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Jack set up in the shade (very smart) and chose a long view. The clouds were magnificent and changed continually, so it would have been a good day to just paint clouds, too. You can see the start of his painting with his toned panel, not yet covered by paint, at the bottom. We always paint on a toned canvas.
I chose to paint the shore, where the light, that was filtering down and hitting the rocks, caught my attention. When I forget my mahl stick, I use my left arm as a mahl stick. This helps to steady, or brace, my right arm so that I can make more precise brushstrokes.