Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Box of Mangoes
Yesterday marked the start of this years annual Golden Triangle Museum District's (GTMD) paint out in downtown Denver. I decided to do a quick still life study to loosen myself up for painting on location. I took one of the 11"x14" boards I had prepped for this event and gave myself an hour to complete the piece. I figured I might as well use it for this month's Saturday assignment for Kevin's class, even if I don't manage to go to the critique. (The assignment is to do an expressive piece, ie brushwork!) I was quite happy I got this done in the prescribed time, but it did not prep me for painting downtown. I spent over an hour looking and even set up my easel once, but never quite felt the pull of inspiration to get me going. I don't know if it was the afternoon light, or just how quiet it was downtown, or the myriad of empty construction sites, but I left not accomplishing much. I went back on Sunday and was confronted by a belligerent drunk before I even set up my easel. It just seemed like this was not the weekend to attempt painting alone in the GTMD. I will be going to Grand Lake this upcoming weekend for 2 full days of painting if the weather cooperates.