Saturday, December 16, 2017

#2041 "Killarney George Lake Cirrus"

The 2017 Southampton Art School Annual Adventure was carrying on the legacy of my friend and artist Jane Champagne. This was the seventeenth demonstration painting and the sixth of Day 4 of the Plein Air Paint Out. Most of the artists were pretty much painted out. Dale was still painting the Cranberry Bog across the road so I stayed.

The wind had weakened a bit. Cirrus was pouring across the flat ridge with the jet stream winds. I wanted to give the George Lake shoreline one more interpretation on this small and very textured surface. My oil paints were getting thick and a bit gummy after four days of being exposed to the sun and the wind. That was still way better than the acrylics that most were using. Those man-made plastic paints dried before they could put a brush into the mixed pool of plastic.

The very rough panel may be small but it allowed me to capture the moment in the weather. The lines and edges in the cirrus clouds tell the tale of the wind. The clouds are translating eastward with the average flow but it is the relative flows within the atmospheric frame of reference that do the sculpting of those edges. All of these edges are in fact cased by deformation zones and differential rotations. I have explained this within the Unified Swirl Theory and yes, the answer is blowing in the wind.

Some of the trees were starting to turn into their autumn colours.
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