Ah, September! Warm, sunny days.  Cool nights.  A month that makes me glad I live in the Midwest.  There are other reasons why I’m glad I live here, too:  no hurricanes named Florence or Hugo; enough rain that–as least so far–prevents wildfires; the lovely changing of the seasons with yellow ochres and scarlets and crimsons and sap greens and beautiful deep blues and orchids entering into the landscape. 

Autumn is also a good time for me to evaluate how my year is going and see if there are things I can do to improve both myself and my work before the end of 2018.  I’m leaving for a vacation to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island this month, and I’m taking my sketch book and travel watercolors and brushes and pencils and an eraser.  A BIG eraser.  I make lots of mistakes.

I envy those of you who draw so easily.  I “get” the color mix and shades and hues and tints, and I also “get” how watercolor works on paper.  However, I REALLY have to work hard at the drawing thing.  I have to keep reminding my self that I’m working on drawing shapes, not objects.  In fact, I talk to myself as I’m drawing:  “This shape needs to be rounder;” and so it goes.

I hope you enjoy what is usually a beautiful autumn season in Indiana.  I hope you get a chance to go north to the Dunes or south to Brown County–or both.  I hope you enjoy the many fall festivals and Octoberfests that go on in our area.  I love visiting other places–and I’ve been to many places that I loved (Italy, anyone?) –but I still prefer to live here.  Summer, fall and spring I love.  Winter not so much.  But I endure it for the sake of summer, fall, and spring. 

But that’s just my opinion.  ?

Happy painting. ??

Don Andrews Demonstration Wednesday July 10 7pm

Don Andrews Demonstration!  Please join us and bring any interested friends!  

Wednesday July 10th, 2019 7pm

King of Glory Lutheran Church

2201 E. 106th Street Carmel, IN 46032

(106th and Keystone Avenue)