Settling in at VCCA, I began by looking around on the first day by taking a walk and a bike ride, to let the place emerge before setting up to paint. After fishing for views with a sketchbook and pen, a pattern is developing. I pack a gouache kit in the morning and an oil kit in the afternoon. The gouache palette is limited to red, yellow, blue and white. I have twice as many colors for oils with a warm and cool of each primary. So far so good. Later this location was revealed to be full of chiggers, a southern menace unknown to me. None found me.
ABOVE: Boxcars, oil on linen, 11 x 14 in (27.54 x 35.54 cm), 04/24/09
Train Bridge, gouache on paper, 6 x 8.25 in (15.24 x 21 cm), 04/24/09
Barn, oil on linen panel, 5 x 7 in (12.7 x 17.78 cm), 04/23/09
Barn, gouache on paper, 6 x 8.25 in (15.24 x 21 cm), 04/22/09