It has been hot, hot, hot this week. And we actually needed a little rain. Last night we got about .4″ by the way of a very loud thunderstorm. I am sure that a few trees got hit by lightning too. There were several large strikes that seemed very close. Today is just hot again and mostly sunny. I guess we are jumping directly into the heat of summer. After last winter, however, I’m not going to complain. I’d way rather be hot than cold and snowed in. I could just do without the tornado warnings.
With a few interruptions, I managed to finish the second Ohio entryway a couple of days ago. After letting it sit, I am fairly satisfied with it. I like the way the shapes within the drawing turned out and the colors. After I penciled it out, I made a few adjustments on where the edges were and added more onto the top to clarify the stucco area. I usually leave extra margin space for just this purpose. I few times I didn’t and regretted it. It is always easy to cut off the excess later.
Palettewise, it is similar to the first entryway but structurally they are quite dissimilar. The first one’s internal structure was squared and this one is much more triangular. I do like the effect of the slate roofs also. There are many houses in the area with that brick so I’m betting it came from a local brickworks. The colors are quite varied and some of them actually look to have a slightly purple cast. I wonder where the slate came from?
I haven’t seem Mr. turtle lately and not much other wildlife either except for squirrels. Perhaps this heat has driven them into the cooler woods and down by the lake. Not even the deer have put in an appearance. I keep expecting to see some fawns traipsing in the shallows of the lake, cooling their heels. Soon perhaps.