This was the first weekend back to a normal schedule of two a day in quite some time. The weather was fantastic with high 70’s and very little humidity. I can’t remember such a string of more perfect days. Saturday I drove over to Vickery Creek and set up right on the water for these two views, one south with the ruins of the old mill and the other north. I thought the north view was better at first but have grown to see the other as more interesting. Both required a bit of work after the fact—but not much.
Sunday I stayed home with my visiting dad and watched the Indy 500. My father’s wife has a lot of associations with the race and we were rooting for three cars from the Sam Schmidt stable. I did a quick sketch of this view from out the window down to the deck the day before and since my wife was at work I was able to set up and paint this one right in the family room as we watched the big race. In the end none of our drivers finished in the money but I a least had this painting. Later that day I finished up a start from Friday that I had scraped off off the Oak Leaf Hydrangea in the back yard. The scraped off prior painting gave me an interesting sunlit feeling and I went with it, but having to keep my values lower up front was a bit of chore.