A few weeks back I was invited to breakfast at Clockers Corner to be followed by a hike near Mount Baldy. A memorial trot for a fellow blogger who had recently died. I took a pass on the hike — having stepped on glass the night before. Too bad because it was a cool day and I could have handled it. Oh well. We all have our memories, and one of my favorites with Natasha was the afternoon she and I spent stalking old boyfriends. We shared common markers. She grew up in Highland Park, and in a way, I did too.
[WARNING SHOP TALK] I showed up an hour early at the race track and did a preliminary sketch and took photos with plans to work from home. Semi plein air and another case of condensed perspective. It seems my visual angle is wider then my camera’s angle. What excited me was the fog over the mountains. Gray skies can have the effect of intensifying select colors while muting others. I think that’s the case with green. I also think I got carried away with green and found myself returning to knock it down a notch by applying a thin wash of it’s opposite color. As I told Karin – people and horses are the hardest thing to depict. She asked “why horses” and I said it’s because they’re made up of strange parts. That when put together in correct proportions, become beautiful. Don’t believe me? Photograph a horse head on. Right. Or maybe because they don’t have fur. Fur allows for fudging.
Do you have the patience to make it through the video?