Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Gray

These are the large maple trees on the very edge of Jim Day Rapids looking northward. The sky and snow were gray. The trees were gray. The squirrels were gray. They were all different shades of gray though so I had fun.
I set my palette down on the snow and it was soon covered by springtail fleas (Hypogastrura nivicola). These tiny fleas are quite harmless and appear every spring. Quite a few of these fleas are entombed in the painting to give the oil even more texture. They are smaller than the head of a pin in size. The painting started out well and then I floundered. I will try another canvas to get back into the groove.

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