The clouds are clearing and I have the whole day to work on this latest piece. This is my second shot at this work. That's right, sometimes I know it just isn't worth continuing and will begin again with a different plan of attack. Not often, but a few times. While coming to this decision is difficult, I have never regretted the decision in the end. Some work, no matter what you do to fix it, will never ever meet your standards - don't waste your time. Begin again. I already know this piece will be better and that is a good feeling. Back to my brushes.
"In my beginning is my end." - T. S. Eliot
Yesterday was the opening for the American Watercolor Society's 146th Traveling Exhibition in Mooresville, NC. I'm sure everyone enjoyed the Gala and I'm hopeful their community-wide fundraiser was a big success.
This morning it is snowing again - so odd. Woke up to snow covered land yesterday which was the first snow in May in Arkansas history! I did not get to paint yesterday but spent time at the auto service department instead. You know how it is. Back to my brushes.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My grandmother's iris have bloomed in my backyard. Today the clouds have moved in as predicted and it is colder. The accumulation forecast for our area is two inches. WHAT?!! Snow in May? I believe I will have to take some photos of that phenomenon. I can see the painting now, "Snow Iris". Or perhaps "Climate Change". Back to my brushes.
"I grew up thinking of snow as a luxury you visit" - John Landis
Happy May Day! This day reminds me of two things: 1. This is the day the Soviet Union used to have a big ole parade and roll out their big guns for the world to see; and 2. This is the day we would make baskets of flowers and place on our neighbors doorstep anonymously. I prefer the second activity to the first. It was such fun to ring the doorbell and witness the look of surprise (while hiding). Such a wonderful tradition that unfortunately has not been passed down. Shame that.
Yesterday I painted for about six hours. This painting is going well so far and I am having a lot of fun with it. I did have problems with one part, but realized that I had drawn it too small. When I fixed that, it worked great. A little annoyance, nothing more. The weather is beautiful today, but the clouds are moving in this afternoon. Poor light the rest of the week, but I must do this "art errand". So I won't get back to my brushes till this afternoon.
"As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer." - William Shakespeare