My Day Ahead is already well underway at 10:11 in the morning, lol! Sheila’s gone on to SilverSneakers Cardio at Gold’s Gym, with an after exercise visit to Randalls for some BBQ ribs, and this afternoon – hopefully clearing though still breeze cool – pick up the 6 year old! From that point on it’s usually a rumble tumble cascade of activities, lol! It’ll be good to see the little guy ❤️
Listening to curated list of “hits” on Amazon Prime Music. I like to listen to lists like this every once in awhile to see what’s new I’ve obviously missed, since I mostly listen to my own curated lists 😊 Most the songs have a little something catchy about them that’s made them, well, catch on! Esp, I would think, w/younger viewers. Oh wait, that’d be anyone under 60 now. Well, then, much younger listeners! But I do like a lot of current music, I’m just more picky toward my own tastes now, after absorbing the beginnings of rock n’roll from my many older cousins I grew up around in the 50’s, through the early Beatles & Stones and other British rock wave of the 60’s, and into and way beyond the 70s, 80s and now. So what I’ve like so far, in this new Greatest Hits list is one from Miley Cyrus (really like her voice and nuancing) w/Slide Away, and something called Graveyard by someone named Halsey. Nice controlled emotional power I thought in the latter. With that I noticed, via my Recents – Song History list, yesterday’s Toto hit, Hold the Line and went back to it. Just a little jump of nearly half a century in music. Nice ❤️
Then pushing through the 1/2 century mark, enjoyed Roy Orbison’s 5 octave rendition of Blue Bayou, which reminded me of Linda Ronstadt’s decade+ later version. Searched it out and gave it a long time ago re-listen. Sheila and I saw her and Aaron Neville at Auditorium Shores in Austin back in, maybe, the very early 90s (when regular folk could walk to listen to music in Austin lol 😂) Linda’s version on the playlist? Slower, more sultry, very passionate! Glad I did a little exploring 😊
Morning, Evening Walks – Painting
Legs needing more limbering, warming up than usual (maybe ‘cause I’ve been pushing to go out while the weather’s been so nice) – I still took longer than usual morning, after-lunch, and evening walks yesterday. Though the day was already grey early morning, the wind wasn’t up kicking yet. Without the bright Austin sun, the muted colors of a muted autumn laid gently out to be seen. Dry yellows creased with rusty reds and crusty browns. On the ground the colors appeared like well worn well loved carpets, while, the trees, sighing with relief to soon be resting for the winter, shone almost brightly, almost Vermonty, against the slate grey blue nearly neutral sky. By evening the winds had gathered themselves in soft fits, infant winds, not sure how to use their arms and legs to reach out and touch yet. I waited below the sight of the Texas and U.S. flags, watched them flap, fade, then flap again. First one would unwrap showing itself, while the other hid curled. Then switched, til, in a few lucky moments, I caught both unfurled. Waving proudly to stand tall and open and free….
I continued my touch-up work on my unnamed sailboat in a vast abstract, but the light had dimmed too much to capture anything even vaguely representative by the time I’d finished with it for the day. The varnish on In the Light continues to dry, and it too didn’t co-operate with they day’s dying light for a shot. Mountain Canoe, though, highly textured, small (8×8) I’d worked on earlier, and did capture a kinda-good before and after comparison. Enhanced the canoe & man in it plus added a long paddle; added a few stars, and modulated some of the dark areas – adding light highlights, toning down some color casts on 1st version. Today I hope to capture an even better image of the worked-on newer version. The prior image is already on Fine Art America, so when I’m fully satisfied w/no more changes, I’ll update the image there too 😊
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- August 04, 2021 – The Resurgence of COVID-19There’s few times life or death issues are so widespread they not only engulf those close to us, but nearly everyone one hears about – this is one of those times…KVUE news, whose images I’m using for this post, has an article title, “‘The choice now becomes vaccination or ventilator.’ 230 unvaccinated people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Austin in 2 weeks, versus 47 vaccinated.”
- August 03, 2021 – Working a New 16×20 Acrylic, Working Title : Testing the Water, Refining the Figure, Developing the BackgroundI wanted to do more on this but things are happening re Covid, in my life. I’ll have more on this very soon – nothing w/me or family here in Austin (despite horrid #s lately), but nearby, also here in Texas. Wonderful how fluid and flexible art is, giving us challenges one day, inspiration on another, and solace even when needed.
- August 02, 2021 – Prepping a New 16×20 Acrylic, Working Title : Testing the Water, 1st Figure Lay-inI included my most recent updated image from a post a few days ago further below. Besides the figure work (not yet complete), you can see where I continued to rework the area around the figure, setting her off more completely.
- August 01, 2021 – Some Interruptions in Life are BlessingsJust back from an incredible trip to the Galapagos west of Ecuador, wife & I got the opportunity to have the youngest grandchild over. This is from our mid-morning walk in warm dappled light ❤️ I only wish I’d realized the value of this with our own children more fully…
- July 31, 2021 – Prepping a New 16×20 Acrylic, Working Title : Testing the WaterThe initial goal was to simply select and mark the area for my figure. Then I freely applied Golden’s light molding paste, leaving the selected area for my figure much more level, and forming the paste into potentially vegetative designs as inspiration and malleable ground meshed —
- July 30, 2021 – What a Difference a New Keyboard Makes : LENRICH iPad pro 12.9 case with keyboardThis is an older now discontinued keyboard, but one of the few still available for my IPad Pro 2nd generation model (current model is 5th generation I believe), but I’m impressed with it enough to post about it and (if all continues well) my renewed ease of use not having to use the onscreen keyboard for blog posts, emails etc – that’s a big deal for me, lol! 😊
- July 29, 2021 – Whew! Yesterday Was a Day of Plowing Through, lol!Above is a picture of me November 2019 (notice the weather is warm but hot, finally 😊) and I look just a bit worn out? I’d just climbed the 218 steps to top of Old Baldy near Wimberley Texas! That’s kinda how I felt yesterday, only without as nice a view, lol! I’ll just say that….
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