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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.


Aloha Sistah said...

Like the song says, "Gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run." I think Kenny Rogers' The Gambler sounds like it applies to painting too.

Cal, Denver Painters said...

Grand Lake should provide great backdrop for a lovely painting.