The weather outside is unsuitable for doing much else, but it’s perfectly right for painting on a rainy day. I’ve also been making paints for my 2024 Soul of the Ozarks watercolor collection. But that involves little more than waiting for pigments to settle right now.
Here’s where I am with my current painting on the easel. It’s a broad-winged hawk that I took a picture of years ago. There’s a pair of them that live here, but I don’t see them often during winter.
Yesterday I made brown, russet, and black with pigments I had previously washed and settled. Today I’m waiting on the red and yellow to settle, and for the shale gray to dry. Once that’s done, I’ll make those colors for the sets that I have orders for.
Since I don’t use the watercolors for painting with very often anymore, I’m only making one batch at the beginning of each year. I’ll make oil paints as needed throughout the year, but those are for my own use and I haven’t made enough of them yet to offer any for sale.
Painting on a Rainy Day
Here’s the colors I used today on the hawk. It’s the same colors I’ve used for every other day I’ve worked on it, too. I think what I love the most about this painting in particular is the sepia-tone throughout the whole canvas. I like the mottled sepia background.
If there’s one thing my pigments do well, it’s that they capture the earthy tones of nature.
The paper isn’t at the office yet, but apparently I am now a licensed real estate salesperson. Tuesday is my first official day at work as an agent with Montgomery Realty in Berryville. I’ll cough up the money to join the regional MLS, cough some more to schedule my continuing education hours, and then plead with the power that rules the universe that I make a sale soon to pay all of that off of my credit card.
In reality, I’m quite excited to get started. So if you’re reading this and thinking you’d like to have some land to homestead out here in these beautiful Ozarks, let me know.
And if you already own property in Madison, Newton, Carroll, or (I think) Boone county and want to sell it, I’m your person for that, too! I’ll know more about the areas I can work in once I get my feet wet. And they’re getting wet on Tuesday next week 🙂
Now I’ll get back to painting on a rainy day and watching the pigments settle.