Just a few short months ago I was enjoying a plain air painting session at an apple orchard north of Anoka. I belong to the Plain Air Club through the Rumriver Art Center. It is the same group that painted outdoors last winter when it was 16-degrees Fahrenheit. We have a nice time together. If the weather is inclement, we will paint in the studio. I have my photos from painting sessions and travels for reference when I work inside. On this day I was using the water soluble oils, although since that time I have been giving acrylics another try. The quick drying time works well for layering color, although I still prefer the buttery texture and feel of painting with oils.
Between painting sessions, I planned a project for Jim. Using colors of the Grey Wolf (NYLT) patch, I designed a scarf, and wove it on the Cricket loom. The super wash wool is warm, soft, and easy care. I like the design and want to try other color combinations. The length is perfect for going around the neck twice with plenty of scarf to keep the chest warm.
|A beautiful, early fall day for painting outdoors!|
|Fall progressed quickly. It was very rainy and the leaves took longer to turn, but there were pockets of beautiful fall color to enjoy.|
|McCall's pattern from the 1990s, Harrisville Designs Shetland wool for warp and weft.|
Winter is fast approaching. The leaves are down, the geese are flying south, and the neighborhood turkeys are everywhere. It was very cold recently and I bundled up for my daily walks. The turkey prints were on the sidewalk beside the field and it looks as though they were deciding which way to go.