After a very hectic few weeks my wife and I sat outside on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the peace and quiet of just being home. With a beautiful sky and the soft breeze rustling the trees my wife settled down to enjoy her new book and I broke out the paints. It has been over a month since I had picked up a brush and I struggled to get back in the groove but eventually it started to come back.
With the Wisconsin browns still fresh in my mind I went to work trying to recreate their stunning colors. Of course no painting or photo can do them justice but I gave it a shot. This 8x10 painting only took me ninety minutes to complete and it showed, but while working outside one needs to work fast to overcome the fast drying action of the sun. This PlenAir style is always rougher than the more finished product of working in a studio but when one wants to paint just to do something while enjoying the fresh air, it is a satisfying past-time for any artist.
One additional benefit of completing a painting is such sort order is that I have additional time to fire up the new grill I got for fathers-day. That's right, you can be jealous, I got a new grill. As my loving wife knew before she surprised me, I prefer the cooking power of good old fashion hot coals to the gas powered grills so prevalent today. But this isn't your dads kettle grill. Its got a small propane charcoal lighter for starting the coals, and adjustable rack for heat and an easy to clean tray to remove the spent coals. In short, this thing is sweet and I can almost guarantee that the butcher-shop is going to get a fair amount of business this summer. Grill ON!