Monday, November 9, 2009

Little Gould Island Plein Air, 6x12, oil

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Today was a gorgeous November day. The morning was all misty and atmospheric, and since I'm home-bound today, I thought I'd take Paco for his first real plein air session and trek over to the beach and paint the misty island in the river. Let us just say right here that Paco is a BELOVED pet but I was ready to put him on a bus after one hour. I walked carrying my heavy backpack, french easel, 2 leashes (one long, one short), a box to take the painting home in, Paco's best 'baby', water bowl and water for him, and HIM on the leash. First he 'helped' me unload the backpack (as the wind took the paper towels, the little canvases, the palette, then when we got settled down he picked up his waterbowl and shook it (yeah, I hear you all sniggering) all over my BACK (I was sitting at a picnic table, and he could scamper up on it). While I was replenishing his water he sneakily took my best brush and sat quietly under the table till I heard the big CRUNCH, (yeah... now I'm using language that cannot be put in a blog), then, when I thought he had settled down with his Baby, I hear plastic and see that he's unearthed some plastic ties and was gobbling them. Ok, maybe he's hungry, so cookies. Err... not so hungry, but found some nice, petrified dog poop buried in the sand to snack on.....
I finally hauled him & the painting home, nothing like painting under pressure! And let's just say he has a LONG way to go to become a plein air dog. Maybe I should bring his crate (which, BTW he only goes into at night to sleep)???
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17 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting. Great atmospheric perspective, from the details in front to the simplicity in back. Like the size. Since this piece is so good, maybe having the fun of Paco was worth it!!

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  2. With all that mayhem you still managed to paint a little GEM!
    I love it!
    Just back from Humarock beach- it was lovely
    my dogs were just walking.
    Much easier than painting!

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  3. Great colors and I know that place well but didn't know the name of the island (someone even told me it was named "rat island" and I believed them). You really captured the sense of distance and foreground.

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  4. Patty, the local name for the island IS "Rat Island" because of it's shape when seen from my yard (hmmmm wonder who gave it that name?). Actually there are TWO Gould's - one on either side of Aquidneck - so very Rhode Island-y!

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  5. hey Kelley, great work, in spite of all your canine "help"! (The part of your entry that really made me wince was the "CRUNCH" on your best brush ... yikes!)

    I love the dimensions of this ... it really gives a feeling of distance. And those subtle color changes in the water, and that orange-y red glow at the right end of the island ... yum!

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  6. Yes despite all the pet antics, you overcame and created a real beauty. Some days my cat KC is a pill too. I'll have to watch to see if my paintings are better on those days. Somehow I doubt it. :)

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  7. Beautiful painting, Kelley and I like the format. I can't believe you got anything done with all that mayhem..

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  8. hahah. Funny, but not to you at the time. :) I don't think lugging a crate along with all the other stuff is something you'd want to do. I love hearing about Paco's exploits.
    The water in your painting looks so incredibly real.

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  9. This is a beauty--I feel the day.

    That naughty boy! His name should be in Sakonnet..."Oh-No-Paco-oh-oh."

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  10. And after all that, a lovely little painting!

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  11. What a great painting! ( I guess Paco's great adventures weren't so bad.... as frustrating as it was).

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  12. Beautiful scene, Kelley - very tranquil.

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  13. Very inspiring, Kelley and I agree with Sally who called it @a little gem' I live next to the stormy sea, but give it quite a wide berth when I paint!

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  14. next time take him on a LOOOONG walk first and maybe he will sleep!!

    great job inspite of him!

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  15. Your work is wonderful! Thank you!

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  16. Kelley, What a day for you. You must have the patience of God. Your painting is great and you get A****.
    Jeanne
    My scarf show is doing great and now I can't wait to paint again. I got some new oils and raring to go.

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  17. Kelley, your writing is hilarious, loved the story about Paco! I am sitting in front of the computer, smiling! You are multi talented, an expert painter, and writer! Thanks for sharing it all!

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