Woke up late today, just finished my 1st cup of coffee and it’s 1/4 to 8! Ahhh, the rigors of getting old(er) 😊 Stayed up late after Sheila & the 6 year old fell asleep (after catching a new episode of Magnum PI & Disney’s Big City Greens) working on My Yesterday in Pictures for Friday. It was just so chock full of interesting visual moments for me capturing images and ended up add first one then one more photos to full round up the day. It wasn’t so much “have to” as a “wanted to” – the best way to feel compelled! Six year old goes back home late morning, so the rest of the day’s a open, if cloudy, book. Wunderground shows a tiny ray of sunlight peeking out from two clouds the last hour or so of daylight. That would be nice, we’ll see 😊
Listening to Max playing various games on his blue Kid’s Kindle Fire 💕
Visiting the Old Neighborhood
Went down to Lady Bird Lake yesterday afternoon, chancing catching fall colors the last sunny mild day in the ten day forecast (sun’ll be back out by Sunday we think, but much cooler, but only cold at night).
It was a strange reluctant choice and feeling, forcing myself to drive the few miles through the ever worsening Austin afternoon traffic for 30+ minutes, knowing it’d be even worse coming back home (and it was, lol!)
But Sheila & I’d lived in that area near Lady Bird Lake since we moved back from Galveston in ‘99, stayed there until we left Jan 2000 for 1st Galveston, then Vermont, and a blessed 5 1/2 weeks in Paris. Arrived back in Austin in time for New Year’s Eve before the start of 2013 and our current stay near downtown til we moved much further south this past summer, the summer of surgeries, lol 😂
Over those years in what’s called the Bouldin neighborhood, we witnessed the loss of nearly all the tiny houses, replaced by first gigantic overpriced squares (often needing repairs within a few years) to most recently, clusters of squatty squares of even more over priced “homes” with less room around them than our current apartment!
But, I learned over the years where to park along Lady Bird Lake for fantastic pictures in the rare times fall foliage appeared, learned the hours of the day to catch great perspectives of the towers rising downtown, great reflections of the bridges on the water in the break of daylight or bathed in golden light, great silhouettes of bicyclists bursting past pedestrians or parked in front of interesting backgrounds. It was great fun! Held my interest for literally decades, so I can’t complain there ❤️
And this spring – mid January actually, when I started walking for my health, from when I thought 500 steps going round the block was “a lot” to May, when I was cruising past 7500+ steps and topping 10,000 regularly – I began to find flowers 💐
The older (meaning longer term, like us) residents of Bouldin often had small to elaborate gardens, the soil being conducive due to the moisture from Lady Bird Lake. First I discovered where the best plots of flowers were growing, then when the light struck those little plots most interestingly, at least to my eye 😊 and where they silhouetted either against dark shadows or the sky.
Being right there, I could venture out at certain hours for a few minutes or longer and capture what I was beginning to like best – dappled light on flowers 🌺 showing both lit and shaded areas, often even on the tiniest of blooms. It was a whole universe to itself! And it is what I miss most about our old neighborhood. Though, thankfully, with the Lady Bird’s Wildflower Center being just 15 minutes away, and an annual grandparents with grandkids membership 💕 I have an alternative ☺️
Note: pics of autumn foliage in Austin and new pics for a show with Creative Arts Society are in today’s My Yesterday in Pictures, Nov 25’19 – link listed automatically once posted, under my Category link —
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- October 20, 2021 – Sold! At the Old Bakery and Emporium (across from the State Capital) Austin, Texas – Paris Dreams (Dreaming of Paris)I’m very grateful to my buyer at the Old Bakery & Emporium in Austin Texas! 🙏 With as few months as the Old Bakery’s been reopen, and all the precautions needed to be taken recently here in Austin, it’s a miracle to be able to share my art a this time 💕
- October 19, 2021 – Turning 71 Feels Like Turning on the Spigots!I’ve meandered around what to write for my birthday post this year, probably reflecting not exactly the chaos (though there’s enough of that, lol!) but the whirl of activity in my life right now – fitness activities, art – of all kind, family, and the stutteringly slow but certain shift from unbearable 6 month summer in Austin to, well, breathable walkable art-doable weather ❤️ Weatherman says the weekend days’ highs into my birthday (Tuesday) are the coolest temps since mid-April. That’s a very long time, lol! 😅
- October 18, 2021 – A Good Problem, Lots of Interesting Pics and Posts Developing in My Blog Pipeline! Part 3, 1st Completed Work of 5 – “Playtime, Mother and Child”I’m also breaking a bit of tradition in terms of my routine and going ahead and posting my completed image, not as good a resolution etc as I’d like (yet), and also not yet uploaded to Fine Art America. It’s simply a time choice. Paint and create. Or paint less but massage the photo capture & upload to FAA more. It’s not really a win-lose thing.
- October 17, 2021 – My Most Viewed Image For a 2nd Week @FineArtAmerica, Abstract Study 1, #watercolorThough I’ve had some of my images repeat a 2nd week or more, or return again after awhile to place top of my views for the week at Fine Art America, it’s still rare for an abstract of mine to do so. It’s sorta ironic for me, since I began painting in earnest in the 80s creating acrylic abstracts (after fooling around doing clouds and Dali-ish dripping clocks in my 20s 😊), and then….
- October 16, 2021 – My Idea for Promoting My WordPress Blog Posts on Twitter (Besides My Pinned Tweet), Part 2Knowing me, I doubt this’ll be my final tweet format I can use on Twitter to let folks see & know what my most recent blog posts are. I of course tweet the individual blog posts themselves out, often using them here in my posts. But I felt the need for a more inclusive, easy to change to keep up-to-date format and after some earlier incarnations, this tweet above may work for me for awhile, changing the screen shot of my current blogs as needed 😊
- October 15, 2021 – 2nd Time Out Sketching with Austin’s #UrbanSketchers Group! Still a Treat! #PeaseParkThough immensely more challenging this time around for October’s outting with Austin’s Urban Sketchers chapter (heat indexes near 100 – hopefully a forerunner to an expected cool front; traffic challenges due to Austin City Limits festival), and, not particularly enamored with my resultant efforts this time around — — it was so good to talk with other artists! Be out among so many folks and families, and, “try” my 2nd time out painting plein air since (I think) the early 2000s!
- October 14, 2021 – My Idea for Promoting My WordPress Blog Posts on Twitter (Besides My Pinned Tweet), Part 1I have my pinned tweet on my Twitter timeline of course, where I show images of my work on Fine Art America, with link to my site there of course, and, also list my blog site here on WordPress. But as you can tell above, the latter, my WordPress website, gets not that much focus. Though if you’d like to retweet it, please do, lol! 😊 So basically, I asked myself, how – beyond a 2 short lines in the text – can I better promote my WordPress site, along with my Fine Art America site?
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