I started over. Not that it wasn't doable as it was; I just didn't like it. So I approached it from a different angle. I have the background drawn, the foreground painted and finished from before, and the middle section is, well, a process. But the difference is that now I am pleased with it. You'll see...it will all work out. For your enjoyment another photo I took at the Dale Chihuly exhibit. Oh, and there is a new art documentary review. Reminder: new reviews are at the bottom of the page. Back to my brushes.
"The partition between the sage and the fool is more slender than the spider web." - Kahlil Gibran
I worked on two new paintings today and I am so excited to be back to work! I can hardly wait to start on the second one. It includes so much foreshortening that I am sure I will find it a challenge and delight. The other is slow going (as usual) but it is like working a puzzle and trying to figure out how to do what I want to accomplish. I drew in the background today, it is just too soon to tell. After all the hustle-bustle the last few weeks, it is so nice to be back to my brushes.
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." - Ansel Adams
Taking bad weather into account this time of year is something that always puts me on edge. Will it arrive? Will it be stuck somewhere? Will it make it in time? So it is a pleasure to write that my painting was delivered yesterday before the winter storm hit. With another storm close on its heels, I caught a nice window. No time to spare today. Back to my brushes....next week.
"Diversity: the art of thinking independently together." - Malcolm Forbes
Have had company since last Sunday. My niece and my cousin have both been welcome guests here this week. I am happy to say that my AWS entry this year is already on its way to New York. I am very happy to have that checked off my list as we are helping someone move which, as you probably know, is very time consuming. I have a new art documentary to review, but it will have to wait. In fact, I'll even have to cut this short. Back to my brushes.....next week.
"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." - Robert A. Heinlein
It was about 60 degrees here and the sun was shining so that I had to use the visor in my car to keep my skin from burning. A really welcome change from the gloomy weather we have experienced the last month and a half. I had to get out today to visit my framer. A very successful day and this painting will be ready to ship next week. Should wrap up the particulars this weekend. For your enjoyment I have included one of my photos from last summer. Back to my brushes.
"I begin to find that too good a character is inconvenient." - Sir Walter Scott
Okay, so this is even slower than usual. How is that possible? I am about to finish the second set of these freaking leaves and then I will be able to complete that part of the painting. That will be a relief, but then I have to figure out how to accomplish this strange middle section. Should I stretch it? I'm going with yes. Okay, that's decided. Maybe, I had better draw in the background then. This thing is weird, but make no mistake, I am loving the internal challenge. It was really great to wake up to sunshine today. More please. Baking bread so I had best get that in the oven, then its... back to my brushes.
"A man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am very pleased to share that my entry was accepted into the American Watercolor Society's 148th International Exhibit which will be held April 6 - 25, 2015 at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York, NY. I spent the day with friends and I was thrilled to get the news when I got home this evening. I am deeply appreciative to the judges and honored that my work will be included in the exhibition. Now I am going to stop typing and dance a little. Back to my brushes.
"I don't really believe in 'directions' in art; the rope twists as you follow it, that's all." Graham Nelson
Yes, it is cold here today. Below ten degrees this morning so I have the heater at my feet. Added a new art documentary review today. Remember, new reviews are at the bottom of the page. Painting this afternoon so pardon the short post. Back to my brushes.
"An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured." - Konrad Adenauer
So I spent yesterday and today starting this work. Is it different. Yes. Completely. So of course that makes me quite single-minded. I wake up and want to get to work on it. I did have to alter the size and make it much smaller, but that's okay. Now that I know it works I can increase the size another time. And I have to say that the textural quality is very satisfying. Okay enough said. For your enjoyment another photo I took at the Chihuly exhibit. Back to my brushes.
"No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft." - H. G. Wells