I'm continuing to work over my canvas - moving down farther into the fields of the painting. Somewhere in my process the title comes into my head, which seems to make the painting really come to life as I keep the echo in my head of what this painting is instead of what its becoming. "She pondered all these thoughts in the Clouds".
I start to apply color in almost a crosshatch design. This step takes a while because I only do 2 - 3 strokes and then step back. I'm not only choosing design structure but also color hue and tone. I like the feel that evolves as I determine areas that will actually show through from the toned part of the canvas. Sometimes things happen that are a surprise- good and bad - but that is always part of the painting process and life.
Day one - I prime my canvas with a gesso mix which contains marble - this gesso makes an awesome platform for my painting. Then I apply a toner with acrylic paint mix of sienna and black. I'm determining the lights and darks of my painting in this step.
Today was our first painting day for the Ohio Plein air group at Highbanks. Excited as I was, I arrived and set up at 7:45. I painted for about a hour until my hands weren't moving very well because of the cold. I left got a cup of coffee and shivered and painted for another hour. Even though the cold and wind were against me painting - it was wonderful! Surrounded by nature and other artists just as intent on painting.