Yesterday we finally completed the plan to go near the City of Rocks and I would paint and Gene would bike. I dropped him off in Bayard and went to the highway turnoff and painted there. Gene came by and I picked him up at the rest area about four more miles down the road. He rode about 25 miles. No problems except I cracked the viewer on my digital Casio camera. Darn. It still works, but I cannot see anything in the upper left side. Not quite 1/4 of the screen is black and marked. I don't know if that will spread, we shall see. It would cost $39 to $119 for Casio to look at it, plus cost of repair. It only cost $200 so probably not worth sending it off. If it deteriorates further and quits working, I will have to buy another. I was using the tailgate of the pickup for my painting as it was very warm out. I sat on that and used the window of the camper shell for shade. I had the camera on the pickup bed and failed to put it away. It slid into the space between the gate and the bed and when I opened the tailgate looking for it, the screen was cracked. Ah, me.
Back to the rest of the story. I painted for about one and a half hours. The flats are so interesting. You can see a slag pile from the mining , or whatever they call it, in the back left, lighter color. I chose the direction to paint because of my shade problem. This is to the north. I liked the view to the east, but I can do that another day. :) I forgot a palette also, so I used the lid to my water bucket with paper towels and water to put out the paint and mixed on a plastic bag. Worked OK, but the air is so dry that I had to really rush each color. I didn't have much time to paint so this helped me to work quickly. :) I used a limited palette of 5 colors and white. Ultramarine blue, Cadmium yellow light, Naples yellow, Alizarin crimson and burnt siena.
This painting is similar to my 2 - 4 - 1 painting, called Doubled Up here, that is at Peppers. That one is a pastel, 5 x 7 inches, done in the studio from a photo and memory. I may add a fence to this one to make it a little different. What do you think?
This morning I was putting away my chair from the deck and saw this bug on the screen door. It looks like a stick and one of the items from the Scavenger Hunt #48 is a bug. This is in my small Strathmore sketchbook with the regular Pilot ball point pin. The bug is about life size on my screen. About 5 minutes.