The Landscape of the Americas show at the Maryland Federation of Art is fast approaching. The deadline is June 19, and I'm hoping to make the show this year. Last year I did not....So, I'm channeling my artistic powers and venturing into a new piece that will take me a week to complete vs. two or three days. Instead of doing four small pieces this year, I'm doing a large 48x48 museum wrapped piece.
Last night I sketched a bucolic farmscape loosely based on a photo I took of the neighbor's farm in Kalkaska County, Michigan. It's Frank's farm (again...this will be the fourth one, but the place is so pretty it just keeps making it's way to the front of my Rolodex - that means frontal lobe to all of you youngsters). I'm not usually very comfortable free-form sketching directly onto a very large canvas. Mostly because large canvases are so freakin' expensive and I don't want to booger it up with a crappy sketch. I tend to do a rough sketch, then transfer it to the canvas to avoid mishaps.
But, yesterday I was feeling empowered, so I went ahead and got my giant Sharpie out. I had the whole thing done in about fifteen minutes, which is a good sign, I think. I was so happy with the quick sketch that I went out and bought myself a new paintbrush today. Next on my "Please Honey List" is a new easel. A big, heavy hardwood one. I think I need to ask Santa Jeff to budget it in for December present time. My current easel is about ten years old. She was a mid-range model who is now very tired and she doesn't hold big works very well...the dang thing keeps tipping over if the canvas isn't absolutely centered perfectly. Irritating.
I'm going to get the underpainting done tonight while the kids are having movie night in the next room over. Here's a peek...