Yesterday, at a farm stand, I ran into the director of the local Lyme, New Hampshire, gallery, "Long River Studios." I told her I was making my Lyme paintings, which are uncharacteristic for me. She said, "We're glad to push you out of your normal work." Those words can mean a lot of things, but I am taking them as my chance to explore other ways to paint, other than my own. Yesterday I looked at many of Claude Monet's paintings, looking for inspiration to begin my second Lyme painting, the "Smarts Mountain Landscape." I realized I wish to make an atmospheric painting. As example I show you Monet's "Waterloo Bridge."
Yesterday I made two drawings, as shown below the painting by Monet. The light in these drawings is extraordinary. In their own way they are "atmospheric" drawings. Perhaps they are preparation for today's painting.
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