Welcome back from a wonderful summer. Now that it is “fall” it’s time to start the blog again. Hope all y’all had a great relaxing time. I spent a lot of time in the woods and fields this summer painting and after 200 paintings, I’ve learned a few things I want to share.
This summer I painted in Toronto at High Park. Which, to say the least, has a lot of eye candy. Walking along the western ravine I kept looking across the Grenadier pond at the birdhouses they have set up for the swallows and blue birds. Even though the houses were were farther away than I would have liked, I went ahead and painted them. It was a decent start on a perfect weather day. As I packed up to move to another location, I turned around and there it stood. A single birch tree, in the midst of elms and maples.
This was an exciting find as birch trees aren’t available to paint in middle Tennessee. I quickly reset myself and having moved all of three feet to the right, painted a stunning birch tree. But wait, there’s more.
If you thought I had learned my lesson about looking around before packing up – you’d be wrong. I packed up a second time only to turn around and find the brightest green lily pads along the water’s edge.
I had to chuckle as I unpacked and painted the pads. If I hadn’t looked down – I would have walked right by one of the best opportunities of the summer. And that’s when I remembered the “Look Rule“: Look up – Look down – Look left – Look right – Look far – Look near
An instructor in a photography class told me that before he moved from his original shooting location, he’d Look up – Look down – Look left – Look right – Look far – Look near to see if there were any other shots to be had.
Hmmm… seems my new idea wasn’t so new.
So the next time you’re out painting, you may not have to walk over the hill to get the next great painting spot. It may be right behind you (or it could be a bear behind you), either way you should turn around and take a peek.
To recap: Look up – Look down – Look left – Look right – Look far – Look near
As this is my first post of the fall, I’m still looking for ideas. If you happen to have a topic you’d like me to explore, please feel free to add it to the comments below. Thanks for sharing.
onwards and sideways,