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 😊
Austin Morning Autumn Light
Day began bright & very cool but jumped out to catch the full morning light on the same area I’d caught under muted greys the day before. It was obvious the colors weren’t as bright or full as under the cloudy sky day before. I’d assumed either the short autumn season was already turning, or the colors were being bleached out by the intensity of the sun vs against the palette-like grey before. I was mostly wrong on both counts, lol, but didn’t know that for sure til evening (see last pic this post 😊 ) Max, our 6 year old grandson had spent the night and eager to go with me for this and each new shoot except evening when he was back home ❤️
Once Max and I were out on the along the main road with it’s relative abundance of sporadic trees in fall bloom, I could see that, in places, the colors were as rich as the day before, though more sparkly, vs richly sedate like a lovingly hand woven ancient carpet under the previous day’s thick grey cover. Some canopies were soaked in reds, maroons, and hot orange. While others —
Others were baked in glossy ambers and rustic browns like delicious breads crisped to gold and copper, the nuances between the tones, it seemed to me, less stark, yet deeper in texture. Nearly like luscious fur vs luxurious leather. Thankfully nature didn’t ask me to choose, they were both there, near each other, easy walking for the two of us. The abundance of colors seem to especially please the six year old ❤️
Walking With Max 💕
Max and I continued on down to the entrance to a small park with benches, the trail leading eventually to Slaughter Creek’s northern bank where trails meandered east and west. I’d already walked both directions on the few days summer’d sputtered and I could walk without being bitten by seemingly invisible bugs, or melted down into a puddle for the dry dust on the paths. This time, the weather was perfect, Max had on his new outfit from Grandma, and, I told him later, he looked like a young super hero in training costume. I think the only thing he didn’t like was being considered “in training” lol 😂
Further down the trail, on a small incline, I asked if he’d run back and forth and jump when he wanted so I could catch him mid-air again. This one, with the light speckled on him, both feet off the ground, was one of his fav’s. Can’t disagree ❤️ And I didn’t even notice my partial shadow-selfie in camera-shooting mode in the bottom right til I posted this!
Then a shadow selfie of the two of us appeared I couldn’t resist pausing to capture. It’s one of the few all three, he, myself, and grandma, all agreed – this was a keeper ☺️ I especially like not only the silhouettes, not only the contrasts of light and dark, but also the deep textured colors of the rocks and fall leaves with our shadows. One of my fav’s 💕
Getting late in the morning and still wanting to go the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center before taking Max home, we took a short break along these light speckled boulders and wall, autumn colors of pale rust, rich orange, and ripe yellow golds accenting the literally deep blue sky!
Austin Evening Autumn Light
In the early evening, when it already seemed much too quiet, early morning’s scene again, the colors rich again, as the evening before when it was so intensely grey and cloudy, and the colors were once again, vs under today’s intense morning light, vibrant and glowing. My only guess why the sunny morning’s colors seemed so much less than the previous cloudy evening’s look is, since on both the sunny and the cloud evening the colors were so nice, it was the slant of light that time of day, regardless of its cloudy or sunny intensity, that gave the trees so much beauty. And if that’s not it, it doesn’t matter right now. Only the marvel of catching such brilliant changes so unexpectedly here in dear old Austin, many with the youngest grandchild 💕 ☺️
I hope to have a stand alone post of my pictures at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center soon, after I return there for further exploration Sunday morning, before the colors drop, and the grounds absorb their nutrients for all the plants. There’s no sweeping, gathering, or leaf blowing away of nature’s bounty of food for the trees and other plants for winter there ❤️
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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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