It is very windy outside today with wind gusts 30 to 40 mph. If you look closely you can see the wind across the pond making little “whitecaps”. Fortunately the temps are getting into the 70’s so it is not a cold day, at least when you’re in the sun. I’m sure it will cool quickly as the sun goes down though. The recent rains and winds have blown many of the leaves off of the trees so I don’t know how much longer we will have the fall colors. At least some color developed after the rains finally came. For a while it looked as though everything would just turn brown. I am not, not, not looking forward to winter. We saw a herd of deer last evening on our side of the lake, the first in quite a while. It was too dark to tell if their coats had lost the ragged whiteness we had previously seen or if the buck was with them. I hope it is just a temporary condition that the coming of the winter coats will resolve.
Today my workspace is covered with streetscape photos from Key West FL, Park City UT, and southern Indiana. I pulled out everything I had to search for inspiration and have almost decided on what to do next. I ordered some new watercolors this week , so the gourd still life will have to wait a little bit. With any luck the paints will get here quickly. I’m glad fall gourds are sturdy and should last quite a while. I plan to create a variety of the still lives from them, interspersed with architecturals. I have found that I need a little variety in the subject matter to stay fresh and inspired. I swear it’s the deciding what to do that is the hardest part of it all. Once I get started on a piece, I can work it through to completion with little difficulty, but those initial choices can be quite trying.
I have been working on a few new aceos lately. I thought I might do a set for holiday and Halloween use and make some digital copies. I should just run up another watercolor blank that has blues and greens predominating so that there will be little more color variety. It would be a good project when I am letting the architectural set. It doesn’t take a lot of time at each step, but the overall process is several days because of the drying time.