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photo of my easel while painting summer's end sparkles
I've enjoyed this October piece so much, but it has involved one aesthetic compromise that I hope you won't mind. I slightly preferred the composition from right under the ginormous leaning tree ... but when I pondered its weight and mass, I decided the composition from 7 feet back was almost as good : >)
photo of my easel while painting marchshhhh   photo of my easel while painting spring chatter
Working on this painting has been such a genuine uplift: March sun and the rush of the water is a sound that my soul just soaks up hour after hour. I hope some of that makes it into the painting.   Besides the fact that this painting spot rocks ... it has been plein air painlessness: March and April sun, while watching and listening to the earth come alive again.
photo of painting summer stream   photo of painting peonies in the wild
Here is my setup and workplace for many sunny mornings last summer. The sun's path is across this viewpoint, so some of the light effects were especially brief. This made for many"Wait, what?" and "Aarrrrgh!" moments, but these were comforted by plans to revisit and hang out here as long as it took. Great place to hang out.   Here is a photo I like to call "painting peonies in the wild" ... as wild as the back patio gets. One of the challenges to this kind of painting is the new and compelling version of the flower that the changing sun offers every twenty minutes or so. I didn't do too bad with that this time around and only painted the flowers about two and a half times over the two days.
photo of robert painting david
Painting David Diaz at the MAPAPA Annual Meeting 2013. Thanks again for posing David, and to Kirk Larsen for such a great comic twist on the moment.
palette by snow stream   painting under a wonderful neighborhood magnolia tree
Here is my "Snow Stream" painting in progress. It's funny how some painting days in winter can be quite cushy, and this was one of those days.   Here is a souvenir of my painting time under an absolutely wonderful magnolia tree during Plein Air Easton. This painting was nothing but a pleasure all the way through, and the photographer displayed his expertise by bringing a ladder along with him. Thanks again for loaning such a great photo, Ted.
Photo of Robert and his daughter Sofia painting by the pond Photo of Sofia painting at her watercolor easel
Painting daddies don't get much happier than this.
Photo of Robert painting sun dapples at the Easton Brunch Photo of Robert's easel in a local stream, courtesy of his new rubber boots
Chasing after some sun dapples at the Easton brunch. Thanks for another great photo Lisa! A pair of rubber boots expanded my horizons ... and compositions.
  Photo of Robert with his painting friends:  Scott Yeager and Ed Cooper  
  From Right to Left: Ed Cooper, Scott Yeager, and the sunrise they insisted we paint. Thanks for the great photo Lisa.  
Photo of Robert painting by Hamlin Lake in Michigan
Hamlin Lake, Michigan at a very reasonable hour.
Photo of Robert's outdoor palette.
Photo of Robert painting with two friendly citizens in Annapolis Maryland
My outdoor palette indoors. Painting in Annapolis with two friendly citizens.
Photo of Robert's easel in Alexandria, Virginia Photo of Robert flattening some grass and making the hmmmm face
Just before Easter. Smashing grass and making the "hmmmmmmm" face.
  Robert's office in Octoer  
  The office in early October.  
  Painting in front of the Maryland Inn in Annapolis  
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