Sunday, July 22, 2012

Michigan Light

I spent a week in Michigan in June painting the turn of the century cottages and landscapes.  Initially it was so difficult to work.  I spent several days very frustrated having realized that just about every light reference I was acclimated to had changed, and rather than take the time to adjust, I was forcing myself to paint new color and light.   The town was surrounded by water and the light bounced off of every surface.  Add to that extremely low humidity so the blue sky was very intense.  I hardly ever use thalo blue, but it gained popularity with  me that week.

It is good to change painting venues every now and then.  When you paint in the same area, even with weather changes, you can become complacent and it is hard to develop if things are too easy.