Sometimes I drive around and drive around looking for a subject to paint. Often the problem is not finding a convenient place to pull off the road. I don't like to attract attention....this leads me to paint the same subjects....but actually, a subject is never really exhausted. There is a different perspective, or a different season, or time of day. This is Seneca school for the fourth time this year.
These sketches and the corresponding Vogue magazine photo are intended to be exercises only and not finished artwork. I lay it all out here in terms of success or failure of a likeness but that seems a good thing to me. I find free hand sketching to be very difficult and portraiture its ultimate test. If I had gone to an atelier school perhaps my skills would reflect improvement but I am not disappointed with what I am trying to do here.
This is the bypass flume to Swains lock, Montgomery Co. Md. This was perfect weather today. The highly oxygenated water is favorable to fish. When I left, a man walked up to this spot and immediately caught a fish on a top water lure.