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Saturday, April 18, 2009

From Goblin Valley we headed back towards Salt Lake City

Cloud concealed Mt Neboe was the challenge of the day as a painting done moving 70 miles an hour down the highway. Please click on image to see detail of texture.
Hale beat against our window and made the road treacherous in the high passes last Thursday. In relative comfort I painted as we relentlessly drove on in the Subaru. The lower drawing is Prang watercolor pencil on my super deluxe Bee Paper Aquabee 9 inch by 6 inch Supper Deluxe sketch book. The top two painting are done on a sketch book purchased in Lhasa, Tibet. The paper is opalescent with a grid of small circles. In English the cover says"Gouache Sketch Book.

It is tricky being both neat and loose while painting in a moving car. I only used a tablespoon or less water at a time and managed to use all the water before refilling my little container on the Cotman compact set of 13 of the 14 watercolor half tins. I replace the lead white with titanium white from a tube. I hold the Cotman set in my left hand. My sketchbook is in my lap and I paint and draw with my right hand. It works well on long trips but occasionally a spastic brush swipes the car console.


3 comments:

cathsheard said...

Lovely work as always, and the description of your mobile art practice cracks me up. I *really* want to see a photo of the car's console (what we'd call the dashboard...)

Parapluie said...

Yes Cath,
I do paint in the most unlikely places. It gives me some energy and life in my paintings. And you know nobody took a picture of my mayhem. And yes, we usually call the car's console a dash board.

Kay Dennison said...

WOW!!! It's beautiful!