Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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The irrigation ditches are bankful now, as everyone tries to keep their fields from drying up in the summer heat. I love watching the summer sky reflected in that limpid water.
Here's a progress photo of the mural after the third day of work:
The cat...er...dog's out of the bag--Winslow is the real artist!
It's proceeding pretty methodically, working from the top down. I got used to working this way because on larger murals it's a huge chore to set and reset scaffolding. You can't easily jump from place to place on the wall, so you try to finish an area before you move everything.
The challenge so far has been to control value and color to keep the distant valley and sky back in space. I have just started indicating the hills in middle distance, which are darker in value and a little more saturated in color. I'm really enjoying working with oils, though it is drying a little faster than I expected due to the heat spell we're experiencing.
Katherine continues to work on her large canvas. Check out the progress shot on her blog. She brings her poodle cross Maggie to the studio, and she and Winslow have become great pals. Here's a little movie showing how the studio has "gone to the dogs:"