Though there’s few paintings I keep over an extended time to hopefully work on later – I’ve a Manhattan cathedral oil from 2010, several small oils from 2018-19) – Lady in Paris 1889 is unique in being a larger size (20×20) and acrylic.
Having a canvas (vs paper or panel) and it being larger than my usual the last several years, is allowing me to be more expressive with my brush. I’m probably literally still working too small a brush. But being acrylic (mostly via Arteza, who makes many of the watercolors I also use) also gives me huge leeway in terms of being able to cover previous work, since it dries so quick – thus it’s own advantage on top of what I’ve usually perceived as it’s most disadvantage – no surprise, it dries too quick, lol!
The change from where I left off last year to now (see below) is a little scary, but exhilarating ♥️
In fact, having the choices to be creative with so many mediums (digital to oil to acrylic to watercolor) is proving to be less a hindrance for me, for me anyways, than a boost in exploration & creativity. I’ve allowed myself more freedom to be, well, “almost” surrealistic – at least that’s how this painting is shaping up for me so far. Maybe I can blend the softness I prefer with that style look (or feel)? We will see 😊
Reminds me of what it must be like for two artists’ work I admire and enjoy hearing how they operate : Margaret Hall (versions in various media) and Tiffany Arp-Daleo (mixed media) and Francisco Bravo Cabrera (music and art, often fused together), each of whom I’ve articles about 💕
I may not be able to do much more than a bit more on it later today, but that’s ok. 😊
I’ve much to do with our upcoming move (put in address change via USPS yesterday), plus need to pick my pace back up with my digital line art’s with washes joined to my poems/gift writings.
And looking back at my blog posts and beginning this painting (listed individually below), I realized it was the 1st time working on this acrylic Paris painting in nearly a year! That happens sometimes. And I’m not feeling pressed to finish this any time soon. I feel there’s too much still revealing itself to me ’bout how this is to be painted.
That’s been true of this work since the beginning, when what’s now a “lady” was a bush, lol!
Maybe this particular painting is its own continual April Fool’s prank on me ☺️
Continually, pleasantly, surprising me ♥️
I’ll be changing focus for a bit to get a new Volleyball writing up, so til then –stay safe, enjoy! 💜
ps – here’s the posts I could find from last year re starting Lady in Paris 1889 (the year the Eiffel Tower opened)
Aging Gracefully – Through Covid-19 – New Paris Paintings In-Progress: Lady in Paris 1889, Paris Arm Chair View (July 02, 2020)
Aging Gracefully – Through Covid-19 – New Paris Painting In-Progress: Lady in Paris 1889, Details One Week Apart (July 08, 2020)
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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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