Rise and Shine

"Rise and Shine"
10" x 8"
Oil on canvas panel 
My mother used to waken me and my siblings with cheerful encouragement, especially on summer mornings by saying, "Rise and shine, the day's a wasting."  I don't remember ever wasting a day as a child, or as an adult, for that matter. Nor do I remember her being so mean as to waken us at daybreak.  She was a great mother and my friend. 

I'm testing my ability to paint sky with traditional oil paints. I've used primarily water miscible paints from the beginning; however, I'm taking AND teaching a workshop in the next few months so I'll be using these to get accustomed to them — and using mineral spirits instead of water!  Yikes.


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