I believe that being an artist in 1870 had its advantages. Monet had a gardener and people fixing his food, so did Renoir. Not to mention Meissonier who had a whole staff attending to his needs. Think about it, only painting and the rest is taken care off.
Well, lucky me I got a glim's of that kind of Life today. My painting buddy L. took a day off but still followed along to share my painting day with me. He fixed a fire and the outdoors kitchen, while I, the "artist", did the painting. ;-)
It was a day of changes, rain, sun, misty air, clouds all changing within minutes. Sometime I had three hills in front of me and then 5 minutes later none. Everything was covered in a misty rainy air. At one time was the lake like a mirror and next time I looked over my shoulders I saw not a mirror but waves.
I started painting facing the lake, then after 20 minutes a stormy rain hit us and I moved into the little shelter. The trouble was that I could not face the lake, I needed light to see my canvas. So I turned my back to the scene to get more light on the canvas but I am sure that the fisherman watching us from the other side of the lake thought that I am nuts painting the inside of a shelter.
Size: 10.5 x 7.5 inch
27 x 19cm
Oil on Panel
Price: 170 Euro
If you want to have a closer look at the brush strokes, click on the image!