Thursday, August 5, 2010


For those of you who follow my blog I assume you can tell I haven't been blogging and that is due entirely to the heat we have had here in Middle Tennessee. It has been unbearable and because of it I haven't painted outside. At all. I tried Saturday with Plein Air Nashville and the Chestnut Group at a paint out we had in Hartsville getting prepared for the Land Trust show we are having in October. I tried three paintings and failed three paintings, two being scrapers. The third will never see a frame. All I was thinking about while painting was to hurry as fast as I could to get out of the heat. I was miserable. The paintings got not one ounce of my mental attention, the weather had it all. And it showed. I can't remember the last time I left the field that frustrated and demoralized. Whipped...drained....exasperated.
I have painted in every weather situation I can think of and even as much as the wind frustrates me, the heat shuts me down. I noticed on the news that this weather is to continue for the next week so my blog will be a little sparse.
The piece I have posted is the second attempt at a commission with the first being the July 19 post. After it was done it was a little large for the space at 18x24. Fortunately it sold to someone else and the piece above is the second at 12x16. We shall see.


greggart said...

Is it the humidty or the heat? We have a really dry heat and it stinks but its bearable. Like you mentioned the wind drives me nuts. Anyway, great studio work. In my opinion this one is a little strong compositionally then the other. Both have amazing greens. These studio pieces really remind me of Oregon. Great stuff Kevin.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I hear you - this has been the hottest and most humid summer we have had in ages. Hope we have a nice sunny, cool autumn so that there plein air make-up days!
Your greens are phenomenal.

C. Ousley said...

Kevin, These Chinese looking letter postings are usually porn links. Especially with the ...... Hit that little trashcan delete icon and delete those basterds!

Oh, Good work as usual. Stay cool green boy!

Lynn Lancaster said...

I enjoy your blog. I live in rural southeast missouri where the heat index has been 110 F. Your greens are very good. I find that green is the hardest of nature's colors to reproduce. It's amazing the color combinations that mother nature can put together.