Listening to Deuter (Lovesong from the Mountains), Enya, Gwen Stefani, Kings of Leon (album – Only by the Night), Ludovico Einaudi (Oltremare)
Sheila woke up still very much clogged up and stuffy. The honey drink helps her a lot, more so than the over the counter stuff that makes her glittery and over the top dry. So not sure if she’ll still venture out to try the new SilverSneakers stability class at Gold’s Gym. One of the trainers there just got certified by SilverSneakers for the purpose of teaching us old(er) folk. He’s “pretty” close to our age range, within a decade or two now, so he’s already developing a lot of direct empathy for working w/seniors, that’s good!
Depending on what she decides, and how I feel, I’ll try and go with her if she does.
I woke up ankles and feet achy (I’ve worked my way to 7500+ steps daily for over a week now), minor stuff 😊
It’s 50 this morning, bright, clear, cool, nice! Then rising 32+ degrees to today’s high. I may have to shed some of my layers, lol!
With the sunny day, I’m also looking forward to working on my in-progress re-purposing painting 😂 Much more on that below in Yesterday’s section ❤️
Wish me luck, ya’ll!
Yesterday was a picture perfect weather day by Central Texas standards, and probably most anywhere else, though I do know a few folks who either really do want it either very hot, or very cold. Not me 😊
Unfortunately yesterday, except for a few important things, was largely disappointing.
I woke late, even by the new unwanted time change standards, lol! Wasn’t able to get to Central Market til after breakfast for the few things that ballooned to almost 20 by the time we finished adding more and more “small” goodies we like best from there (ie, fresh sourdough rolls, English walnuts, whole mushrooms, NY liverwurst, tiny red apples smaller than my hand, some kind of new leafy greens I couldn’t pronounce til I said it in Italian – very close to Spanish – Rapeenee, ie, Rapini, lol!). With traffic both ways, it was over two hours & I was beat, though very happy with my bags of goodies 😊
Invited the grandson to go to the Wildflower Center for an hour but he was already “booked” lol! It’s good when it has some of his friends be able to come spend the afternoon. Play dates they call them now. Used to be we just showed up at our friends houses or they ours, back in the 50s and 60s. We didn’t know not having cell phones and big vehicles to co-ordinate our get togethers really was a simpler time ❤️
Started painting early afternoon for a few minutes before lunch, returned to it after, working on changes to In the Light, which I also mentioned in a post recently. I’m giving myself some leeway experimenting. At least for another week or so, maybe Monday next week, the 11th. I’m working on the color version of the BW examples it in that post. It was nice to see, via my Most Views Images report from Fine Art America, that In the Light picked up some new views this past week, most likely because of the post! That nice, and important!
What I’m doing is working the contrasts, highlights / shadows, as delicately as I can, bringing them closer to a rendition I cooked up digitally of the painting’s original photo of itself. I write a bit more about that process, with a large 36×48 painting, Austin at Night, back in the early 2000s, in that same product post mentioned above. That experience always stuck with me, and I’m seeing if I can replicate the process, but via other means than either having to have a printer or go to a printer and have progress sheets printed out. The biggest challenge I see so far is, ending up with a cohesive piece. The work, as I’d left it as finished and visible on Fine Art America, is not all I wanted it to be, but is cohesive, has unity. It’ll need a new unity now. An interesting challenge, one that appears with the creation of each new work.
I think that’s why I decide / realize some work is finished, whether I think I’d like to or wanted to make it something different than what it is when I know I must stop — the unity of the work is too powerful to improve anymore on the image than what it is.
Probably two of the best examples of that were done in one sitting are visible on the wall of my art room here after fixing it up. Something I managed to get done before my 2nd surgery and am so glad I did! ❤️ The two paintings are the top two, best seen in the last image in the post. One (on the right) was a lay-in I just loved and couldn’t bear to change. I did a subsequent full image (same size, 6×12 inches), Earth Clock at Burlington Bike Path, I also really like, just differently 😊 The other, also a 6×12 gallery wrap, is something I “happened” on, at least in terms of technical creativity. I’m still absorbing it and it’s implications for what I can do, part of what’s compelled and is happening with me with the work I’m doing, experimenting with, In the Light.
I wrote, in my review of the recent Renoir movie Sheila and I watched – “the complex simplicity of beauty.”
How very true ☺️
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- Easy Morning – New Watercolor #FigureArt on Absorbent Ground, May 2020Easy Morning, new watercolor on absorbent ground 6×6 gallery wrap canvas #figureart My newest figure work had the usual tug and pull process painting it 😊 I really like the soft gentle feel of it, and especially like the look my wife got seeing it ❤️
- At Rest With Nature – New Watercolor on Absorbent Ground, May 2020At Peace With Nature has several firsts for me. One, it’s a 5×7 stretched canvas, another size like my recent 6×12, A Walk Among the Wildflowers, I haven’t done in quite awhile, certainly even further back by maybe even decades, lol! It’s an interesting size, being small, yet enabling and enhancing the sense of length or height, like the 6×12, but more subtly.
- Aging Through Covid-19, May 27, 2020Personal Transitions During Stay-at-Home Distancing No BIG in the typical sense of what I tend to think “big” life change/transitions are, but with no blog post for 5 or 6 days, I gave up figuring out the exact # of days, lol, I felt compelled to say a little something.
- Aging Through Covid-19, May 26, 2020Photo Lessons for Dummies by BE KITSCHIG is a superb humor laden look at the all too common pitfalls and inadvertent mistakes we all non-professionals make with our cameras 😂
- A Walk Among the WildFlowers – New Watercolor on Absorbent Ground, May 2020As one can tell by my photo below, I took a few liberties, but to some extent, that happens whether I plan it or not, lol 😂 But I like the result too much to alter anything on it. Another version, another time, will elicit a different response, and I do think this is one motif I’ll want to do more of, vs variations for just practice 😊
- Aging Through Covid-19, May 20, 2020A bit of news out of my home state of Texas. For the past decade, the two main political parties of that state have battled in and out of court in regard to things vote related. Actually seemingly everything vote related, lol!
- Covid-19 Visit to Lady Bird Wildflower Center May 2020 💐First trip I can think of for Sheila & myself, much less with Max, since maybe pre-Covid! 💕 Short, less than 2 hours, and less than 15 minutes from home, but what a treat! 😊
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