South Cherryvale Road

Bought canvas, primer and a brush at Meininger's and drove to "Marshall"--the so-called town at the junction of Eldorado Canyon Road and CO-93--where I gassed up the car, got a snack, and thought about where to paint. The weather today was again warm and sunny, but the wind was strong enough to make the idea of painting outside of the car unlikely. I settled on my old spot on South Cherryvale. As it veers north a small shoulder can be found with a decent view overlooking Boulder with Mount Sanitas aligned with Longs. A heavy, snow-laden mass hung just off the southwest of Longs Peak. Otherwise, the sky was crystal and cloudless.

I've painted this view four times. Today's effort took about 60 minutes. It felt and looked lackluster, as with yesterday. Still fighting off this cold so I know that's part of the problem. But more than anything I think I'm ready for the next step in whatever process this is I have going on. It says something that buying the canvas + gesso was the most exciting part of the day.

Finished off the afternoon by cleaning the studio to make room for the new paintings. Great feeling whenever this stage comes around...