After checking today’s SilverSneakers reblog about “carry” exercise, I have some fun morning chores laid out today — get a new belt for my now saggy pants (see the new My Yesterday in Pictures post) at one of Sheila’s many store-favs, Kohl’s 😊; then onto Michaels across the road to see if I can find a 1/4 inch mop brush I like. The one’s I have right now are way too big for my current needs, lol!
After that, home for a concentrated day of art related activity – set up my new projector, see ‘bout hooking up my iPhone to it, and trying out how clear the projected images show up; plus, have to prep an 80’s abstract for delivery to my 1st art venue with Creative Arts Society since about 2010 when we moved to Galveston, then Vermont, after Sheila & I both retired (and then went on to Paris for a bit).
This abstract is unfortunately on paper, and was framed a long time ago, lol! I need to take the red metal frame apart and clean both the glass and the mat of dust etc. In the “old” days I had a full framing table set up, but not anymore! But I’ll get it done. Delivery for hanging through the end of the year is Monday morning. I’ll be sure & do pictures and a post on that after 😊
It’s supposed to be a gorgeous sunny day in the 70s!
Gonna hold the weatherman to it! 😊
Listening to Stevie Nicks (circa ‘81) – Edge of Seventeen (live & recorded versions), Rhiannon, Stop Dragging My Heart Around (w/Tom Petty), Leather and Lace (w/Don Henley – Eagles) ; Mel Carter (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – ‘65) ; Those Magic Changes (Grease – ‘78)
Yesterday was a brutally satisfying day of chores, early rising, the grandson, exercising, grocery stores, weather, and art material deliveries via Amazon. But I want to carry on a tiny bit more about music, carrying forward from yesterday’s My Day Ahead post (with memories of listening to Bruce Springsteen ❤️ )
Music, evidently, links areas of the brain not normally lighting up together, has parallels to cursive writing, and may by-pass parts of the brain to help folks dealing with Parkinson’s Disease!
And of course, music crosses cultures and languages across vast ages.
I believe most if not all the arts do something similar.
Speak to all people – touch us deeply.
Whether the art is visual or audible or tactile, or combinations of any of our senses and imaginations, it touches us somehow.
A visual work of art sends light waves to our eyes that touch sensors that suggest through associations within us, feelings and memories, hopes and dreams, ideas and plans.
Each art form touches us distinctly and immediately.
It is our gift. It is our treasure.
It is us…. 💕
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- September 24, 2021 – New Most Viewed Image For the Week @FineArtAmerica, Ridges of Spring Light, #watercolor, painted late 2019I’ve recently been including Ridges of Spring Light in several of my blog posts about dappled light and masking fluid, not because it was meant to “be” dappled light, or that I used masking fluid creating it, though it does have three distinct areas of canvas (coated with absorbent ground to accept watercolors). No, Ridges of Spring Light contains a sense of dappleness, often created with masking fluid, and I used that image here to illustrate the idea that a variable sense of light sometimes just comes about, even in an abstract.
- September 23, 2021 – Walking in Dappled Light Study 1, #Watercolor on Paper, Masking Fluid RemovedThere’s a lot I like about how this looks with the masking fluid gone (removed prev night and slept on the shock of seeing the changes, lol!) – which doesn’t mean though I’m not looking at what to try to improve how I feel about this work 😊 Initially, 1st impression, I was determined to restore & “correct” some of the changes —
- September 22, 2021 – Walking in Dappled Light Study 1, #Watercolor on Paper; 1st Paint Lay-in with Masking FluidAt 9×12 on 140lb x watercolor paper, I was able to use my brushes fairly effectively where I wanted them, and applied some Turner masking fluid (with a thin palette knife) “fairly” easy. And yes, some foot proportions are off a bit, lol, and her back blouse almost looks like it’s the front, but all in not too bad toward my primary priority – quickly achieve some degree of dappling look. Once the masking fluid comes off though, it could be very different….
- September 21, 2021 – Initial Review of “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by James NestorI’d been doing a day to day posting of a continuing study-sketch project with figures in a watercolor landscape and ran into a time roadblock – grandchild, groceries, fitness (walking, yoga, Essentrics), picking up line art to practice-paint at my printer, etc 😊 and wasn’t able to wiggle any more time to work on that project and write about it, so… I took a deep breath and picked up a book (virtually, via my Kindle Reader, lol!) The editorial reviews often mentioned this read like a novel & my intro and beginning pages already confirm that.
- September 20, 2021 – Dappled Light, “Figures in a Landscape Study” Still Not Done, But, Already a Learning Tool For Me!“Learning Tool for Me” is part of my blog title today simply ’cause I’ve looking at this post as specifically geared to get me where I wanna go – keeping in mind my destination is a generalized abstraction of image / feeling / and intuitive aspiration (hopefully including figurative work) & it’s reached a point of development over my previous renditions that I now need to put my resolve into concrete, hopefully creative, useful thoughts for my future directions. Lot of contradictions. Like life. Like me 😊 Here goes (for now) —
- September 19, 2021 – Dappled Light, “Figures in a Landscape Study” ContinuedJust a quick post updating yesterday’s release showing what I’ve changed/added on to a watercolor on paper I’d 1st posted about on Sept 7th…A bigger factor in today’s image update is the addition of more “white”.
- September 18, 2021 – Dapple Light, My Creative Conundrum and CaldronMy regular readers know I’ve been more and more attracted to the idea of being able to paint dappled light, consciously, and hopefully, eventually more spontaneously. I titled my post to include both “conundrum” – which I kept misspelling til I looked it up 😊 – and “caldron” – which I keep feeling my creative heart and mind are swimming in (over their heads) lol!
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