Monday, February 7, 2011

Slim Pickings In These Woods






I was noting strategic points in a photograph with charcoal while waiting for paint to dry and a brush to let go of the gunk I neglected to wash off Sunday. I really love that brush. I don't know how I could have done that. Yes I do. I am an absolute slob when the painting is going well and I'm going at it fast and furiously. I just throw the stuff around like it meant nothing to me and didn't cost me a small fortune collecting. Serves me right.

After soaking it in denatured alcohol then shampooing it in Simple Green, (the most amazing cleaner for acrylic paint and anything else I splash all over the studio), I repeated the process again. Signs of life started to show, not perfect, but much better. With time...then the trees started to move in the woods outside my window.

At twilight, A whole herd of deer caught my eye as they were passing through forging through the deep snow for whatever they could find. They went through faster than I could get to my camera and set the shot, but I did catch this one fella who looked like he got lucky. Does his coat look just a tad warmer and brighter than the usual dirty gray? I think it does. I do hope it does. I'm hungry for signs this winter is letting go.

9 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS!... Mono photos, drawings are so classic, clean looking.

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  2. what's a monophoto? A photo of just one deer? LOL I wanted to catch the herd, but they walked single file yards apart.

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  3. Wow, I would love to see a deer in the wild.

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  4. mono- meaning one color.. photos in sepia can be interpreted as 'mono'..i was on another site that had exercises that we did w/our photos...

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  5. Chrissy, I live in mono heaven. Mono grays, browns and blacks and white are all the colors that arearound here these days.

    Evelyn, You come here. I'll go to Malaysia. Deal?

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  6. Your drawing here has that zen feel to it.. it must be the simplicity of it... I know that's why I've always liked Ansel Adams' photography.. My friend Michael is a key grip for the studios and his collection of b&w's u would love... he built his own darkroom after one of his kids moved out... he was in sheer heaven developing his photos!.

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  7. Chrissy, I live in mono heaven. Mono grays, browns and blacks and white are all the colors that arearound here these days.

    Evelyn, You come here. I'll go to Malaysia. Deal?

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  8. Chrissy & Linda, count me in, I am mono too.

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  9. Sick mono? Or blue gray mood mono? Neither one's good. You need a project. Hard to do--but must do. Good to hear from you. Missed you.

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