|Autumn Evening on the Square 8x10 oil on panel|
Years ago I realised that my easel was not level and that I need to adjust for it. Most of the time I remember to take that into account but lately I've been lax. When I was about 95% done with this painting I took it off the easel and set it aside. When I did I noticed that the bottom of the buildings were slightly slanted upward. I did something similar at a plein air competition this year. I set up on a sidewalk across from my subject and just started painting. After an hour and a half in I moved around and noticed that the sidewalk wasn't level, I was standing at a slant, therefore my windows, doors and steps were all at an angle. I s'pose they could be given as prank gifts to my fellow sufferers of OCD. No matter how straight you get the frame, that painting would still be slanted!
Luckily I fixed the slight angle and remembered to get out my level before I got too far along on the painting I started after this one. Painting isn't as easy as it looks. Then again a lot of us wouldn't do it if it were.