|"Grapes of Wrath weather," 5 x 7 watercolor|
August bears down on Oklahoma tomorrow like the glaring sun and 100 degree heat do have done for several days, with more to come.
Water and air conditioning consumption soars with the heat, and yet, we're soft and comfortable compared to...
Weather like this reminds me of the classic opening chapter of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. I used that to teach descriptive writing a few years ago, because it is not fiction, but specific, sensuous fact, garnered from detailed observation.
You're supposed to paint what you feel, your reaction to what you experience, not what you see, and today, the heat, the sun all made me think of those lines in Steinbeck's novel.
So here is the last watercolor of the month, my feelings, inspired by the heat and those lines.