My painting, Barton Springs Autumn Austin was actually my most viewed on Fine Art America back the 2nd week of September 2019! 😊
And was my featured image for quite a number of my various blog posts over the years.
It looks like I 1st used it as my featured image for a 3 part series on meditation – back in February of 2011! And, as you can tell below, the picture quality reflected both inexperience and lack of a much better camera, lol!
Eventually, a couple of years ago, this painting sold, and lots of folks were very complimentary of it, and I remember speaking with the buyer’s wife, about art, my thoughts and ideas about the painting, and I remember saying that I’d had it in storage a long time, and when I’d finally taken it out, after more than a decade tucked away, it looked better even to me than I’d remembered.
And what I realized, and mentioned to her was, I realized – and remembered – how unhappy I’d been with the work when I’d finished it, how bumpy and “unfinished” it looked and felt to me; and I realized I told her (and told myself really), that the oil paint, very thickly applied, had finally settled, leaving me with the image I’d had in my mind, but (felt) I couldn’t produce.
Years later I read that Monet, in the latter years, sometimes stacked his in-progress work against wall for years, letting them settle and dry before resuming work on them.
And then, very recently, on one of Dianne Mize’s art tip videos about watercolors, said basically the same thing in re to letting watercolor sit, at least over night, to let watercolor “do its thing” – mixing and blending its pigments in and on the paper.
Some things just take time. Some don’t, lol! But it seems good to know, there are those things that have their own time to optimize – and I’m thinking of myself, and relationships, and seemingly trickier things like democracies – since they involve “lots” of myselfs and relationships (to say the least) 😊
And lastly, still optimizing within my own work, is my continuing development of figures!
Take care everyone! Stay inquisitive and exploratory, and most of all – optimistic! ♥️
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- December 01, 2021 – My Minimalist Art Experiment, “Abstract Minimalism 1 (in-progress) Part 1, a BeginningA funny thing happened on my way to my newest attempt to correctly ( ie, satisfyingly ) extrapolate a detail shot ( variations of which I’m calling, “Approach” ) of one of my paintings (Autumn Passage) — — during the 2nd lay-in, after applying Light Molding Paste over the canvas, I ended up, when I’d see it from a distance, ie through a door from another room, very much liking its basic look; enough so I decided to try and enhance the current stage of the painting, yet, keep it’s basic minimalism intact 😊
- November 30, 2021 – My Idea for Promoting My WordPress Blog Posts on Twitter (With My Pinned Tweet), Part 4And so far, I’m very pleased with how it’s working. It’s saving me a bit of time, yet also keeping tweets going out promoting my more recent posts. I could probably do with slightly more frequently….
- November 29, 2021 – Fine Art America News : “Easy Morning” and “Walking in Light” Featured in Art Groups + Sold a “If Dads Were” Coffee CupBoth figures in the painting above and below are watercolors, though, Easy Morning is all watercolor on absorbent ground. Walking in Light’s paint, around the figure below, is acrylic; both the watercolor figure and remainder of my painting done on Golden’s Light Molding Paste. Golden has evidently been at improving acrylics a long time, as I learned in this post (with links to Golden’s article), and I can say that for me, working on their molding paste, in watercolor and acrylic, is a real treat!
- November 28, 2021 – My Most Viewed Image This Past Week @FineArtAmerica, Heart FragmentIf it was an amazing process to see older photos and artwork show up on my most viewed list last week (and it was 😊) then this batch is incredible! Work from so many years have shown up, and such a variety! It tells me, one can never quite tell what folks might be looking for day to day, week to week, and it’s nice for me to have the inventory assortment, “almost” a historical diary, of my work
- November 27, 2021 – LOL! I Don’t Like It, But I WANT It! : Preparing More Paintings and Applications for Places to Show and Sell!!I squashed together what I could to show a “fair” sampling of my work recently finished or in-progress right now. There’s more, tucked here and there among these, lol! And on another wall! I choose to consider that a good problem 😊 Seeing these together like tis, If I had to choose one thing tying them all together – the impressionist skews, the abstracted slants, the washes, the thick tones, the high key and (nearly) BW work – I’d say it’s….
Thanks again, everyone! 😊