My Yesterday in Pictures for, Nov 16, 2019 😊

My Yesterday in Pictures Format

I’ve simply built my daily walking & painting up to the point where I need the time for these two vital parts of keeping me healthy and/or sane, lol!

Plus, instead of having to work images into the My Day Ahead series posts, this new series will enable me to keep those as pure text, and supplement with images from a variety of possibilities here. It’s an experiment of course, so we’ll see 😊


Sunny Start to the Day
A cold 30 degree morning with the promise of abundant sunshine and warmer temps 😊

And we were able to take in several nice walks today! ❤️

Daylight Breaking Nov 16’19 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Daylight Breaking Nov 16’19 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

First Varnishing, Ever! 😊
Late this morning, I finally got a bottle of quality varnish, Gamblin Gamvar Picture Varnish, and finally tried my 1st experiment!

Woman in Moonlight, as my image on Fine Art America shows, didn’t need any help to show well when 1st painted. Lately though, it had dulled, and darkened. This first application brought out the depths and nuances that’d made me feel it was complete ❤️

What I’ll be waiting to see now, as I see the varnish dry, is if one thin coat will be enough. I’ve already begun to see a slight unevenness as it dries (early evening).

But I’ll keep experimenting…so much at stake!


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Sheila’s Famous Lunch for Today! ❤️
A new carnival squash, one just a touch larger than our 1st one recently. I cut it in half and this time then cut an X into the exposed halves, plus Sheila gave it longer in the oven. It paid off! Our 1st experience with this new squash was delicious, and this one was even better, softer and easier to eat!

I didn’t think I’d be able to eat my whole half of the squash, plus the rice pilaf and mussels – but I did 💕

Carnival Squash Nov’19 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Carnival Squash Nov’19 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Lunch by Sheila Nov16’19 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Lunch by Sheila Nov16’19 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Next Redo-Enhancement
Still unnamed since this past spring, I’d cast this 12×16 to the side, nearly to the trash, and almost to Goodwill. But it got lost in the shuffle of our move and stutter of two surgeries, and now it’s survived long enough for a hard 2nd look and benefit of my intensified interest in values & value gradations. I also see it as a “strong” candidate for my new varnishing experiments, lol!

Seeing it anew, with the lighting way below par (it being evening now), I still am impressed with the texture, both its rhythms and directional movements.

This shot does show a bit of highlight enhancements I made this evening. It needs a bit more. Then the question’ ll be if that, maybe a few small other changes, and the varnishing, will make this potential gem a candidate for one of Creative Arts Society’s modern art venues. We’ll see 😊

UnNamed Painting ©Felipe Adan Lerma
UnNamed Painting ©Felipe Adan Lerma


My Day Ahead series posts elaborate an both my day ahead & the day past, my yesterday 

My Day Ahead for Sunday, Nov 17th, posts well after this post, and may carry a bit more commentary about the images above. It’ll also automatically show up via the link above when posted – thanks everyone!



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  1. Ah, yes, experimenting with varnish, I’m still working on it too. It really can intensify the colors in a painting, I varnish everything I enter in a show or sell, for protection mostly, but it does help make colors pop!

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    • These are the 1st times I’ve ever used it, crazy huh? Didn’t want the gloss, but seems like what I thought was my work was “off” (and may still be in some cases) was more the oil colors had faded as the oil dried out. The Gamvar I’m using is supposed to be good for both oil & acrylic; I have some of both. So far so good – fingers crossed 🤞 😊 You have any suggestions or precautions?


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