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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- 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?
Thanks again, everyone! 😊