Here I am sitting at my computer creating a new website. Not what I intended doing but it's a case of having to - my computer had a hiccup and I've completely lost the ability to edit my old site. So....a new programme to get my head around. Still - it will no doubt improve my computer skills!
I'd rather be out painting although I've not done much just lately. The summer has been too hot and hazy. With the sun high in the sky and very few shadows in the landscape, I've been doing other things.
I've been building a huge steel, netting, and plaster rock on our front boundary as a landmark for example. It will be the base for a sculpture of a native falcon on top. I find that these projects too easily distract me from my real work and I sometimes envy those who have the urge to concentrate just on their painting.
However, the autumn colour is beginning to show and the shadows are stretching so the creative juices will start to flow. A friend and I did go painting last week though. We drove my Hilux high onto the Richardson Range above Glenorchy where we had a great view looking into the Mt. Earnslaw glacier. It's probably my favourite mountain - good height (2819 mtrs), permanent snow, and plenty of angles with interesting foregrounds. And I love that glacier! Tough facing into the sun all day - badly blistered lips! Still....I like the painting so it was worth it. Especially as it sold three days later!
It reminds me of when two friends and I were helicoptered on to Maori Leap (the ridge at the right hand edge of the painting) where we spent the day wading in deep snow and doing our best with the amazing scenery around us. Daunting really as the pressure to produce a good painting was huge! Too huge for me - I had to do quite a bit of touching up later! But what a great day!
I'd love to take a painting group up there one day. They'd have to pay for the chopper though!