Last Sunday, I spent the day in the beautiful countryside of Appenzell, to celebrate a 85th birthday. I would have loved to go for a proper walk, taking photos, but with temperatures of just over 30 degrees Celsius again, and not a cloud in the sky, it was just too hot for walking, and too bright for photos.
From the alpine meadows and cowbells to a very different landscape. With the heat, and being away all day on Sunday, I didn't get much painting done, but I made a little progress with my landscape. After having started it as an imagined landscape, I decided to take some inspiration form a real one, Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset. It still needs a lot of work done, but it's slowly taking shape. On Tuesday, with the beginning of September, summer made space for autumn, and now that the weather is getting cooler and wetter, I hope to be spending a lot more time in my studio.
I really enjoyed the August Break photo challenge last month. Thinking about the prompts and how to translate them into a photo, setting up a scene, choosing the camera, taking the shot... I felt a bit sad when it ended, it was nice to keep busy. So I decided to try and to my own little challenge. With all the photographing, and summer in general, I have much neglected drawing. I'm therefore trying to do a little drawing every evening of this month, well, almost every evening. Just a very quick sketch, nothing special or elaborate. And not on Wednesdays, as with the end of summer, Swedish class has started again, and I get back late. Here's the first two, Tuesday and Thursday. As I already have one sheep painting in progress, and another one planned, it only makes sense to practice drawing them. And I found these pretty acorns the other day, which made a lovely subject to draw too. Now I just have to remember to keep my little challenge up.
One disadvantage of the days getting shorter and darker is, of course, that it is much more difficult to get a good photo when having to take them in artificial light.