Hooray! Time to Get Back to Work!

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It feels so good to be getting back to painting again!

Now that my first 365 Art show is behind me, I can try to figure out where I left off 5 months ago!

Currently I am feeling the urge to paint landscapes.  It must be the warm air and everything in bloom. I decided Monday morning, I’d head out to all my favorite Rhode Island locales and photograph some inspiration.

I went down to where the Narrow River empties out into the Atlantic Ocean, I drove down many a private road capturing the views of the Newport Bridge, and I stopped at one of my favorites, Casey Farm. I must have taken at least a hundred shots, quickly jumping in and out of my car every 2 minutes.  As I was cresting the famous Jamestown Bridge, I went to snap a shot. This is when I saw it for the first time…

My camera’s screen was flashing “NO MEMORY CARD”.

Man, all the pretty things I had observed, all the strange roads I had driven down and worst of all, now I would miss all of that morning light!

It reminds me of the Buddhist teaching –don’t get attached; nothing is permanent.

The Buddhist monks spend a week at a time carving delicate mandalas out of colored sand, only to blow them away in the wind;  letting go.  I love that.

So, I laughed it off, drove home and got my memory card.

Now I am going to show you some photos, keep in mind these are not for framing.  These photos have no beautiful sunsets or moody skies.  I the artist will create those.  The photos I chose to take, focus on composition and interesting lines.  Nature creates the most beautiful lines and shadows.

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 Here are some photos with red lines denoting the visual movement I am looking for:

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Well, I got myself out into the fresh air.  I drunk in all that nature, now it’s time to pick some subject matter and dig in!

I can’t wait!


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