The last day. I definitely need some kind of break. But this has been wonderful in so many ways. Thank you!
I think this is the penultimate day of the challenge. I tried to get another day out of these red roses, setting this up by the window on a tiny chair on top of a gold satin cloth. I like the abstract straights created by the chair against the organic shapes of the roses.
I love these roses and thought I’d paint them indoors again. It does give one a bit more time with consistent light, which I took, of course.
Well, I decided not to keep staying away from one of my favorite subjects…This was another spied set up, although roses are not a daily presence in my humble abode, unfortunately…but once they were there, they jazzed up the oil and onions on the kitchen counter.
We were out at Topanga again, this time to pick up my painting from the gallery. Our last time in Topanga probably for a while. I like the hippie dip vibe up there and the country feeling but I don’t know how people live on those crazy roads where I always feel like I’m taking my life in my hands. Anyways, I liked this scene at the entry to the Topanga State Park. It ordinarily wouldn’t look like much but since I was hunting for something to paint, I liked the road and the green of the grass and the aerial perspective color shifts and the shape of the sky left by the trees. After, we went to the town area, and into a little “artisanal food” store, where a juice was $12. But they wound up telling us about how cashews grow and how they eat them in Viet Nam and showed us a beautiful image of them on the computer. It was worth the money for the “high vibration” experience.
Ordinarily, I would not have painted today. B was rear ended last night and as you can imagine, it’s a lot of chaos…he’s in pain, etc. I can’t believe I managed to get this done. The light was moving fast. I happened to be reading Carol Marine’s book last night and she specifically mentioned that yellow and red were the most difficult colors to get right…which was a surprise to me, and couldn’t help thinking: “now you tell me” since I had just painted a yellow and red bell pepper that very day (and a red tomato). So I figured I’d tackle these hot primaries again…I changed the ground color from cream to a grayish greenish yellow, which led to darker shadows in the waning afternoon light. There’s a gallery opening tonight of a show I have a couple small pieces in but B is at the acupuncturist…we’ll see how he is after (and a chiropractic appointment already set up for tomorrow). I have to pick up the piece that was in a different gallery tomorrow and hoping I can get another landscape done while out there.
I tried to go to yoga this morning and there was no parking so it was Plan B. I figured I could finally squeeze in a stop at the thrift store so I went over there…They had hundreds of dishes but none of them appealed to me. They also seem to have ruined what had been a treasure trove of clothes…ah, well, the waterhole has dried up. The funny thing was the “plate” I was wishing I had turned out to be hanging out under a bowl by my front door all along. Isn’t that the way? Now, let’s see if it turns up in a painting any time soon. I put an orange and cream cloth together which color combination reminds me of “creamsickles”–a word that this computer program doesn’t seem to recognize so I guess that is dating myself? I bought these for a chili dinner tonight. It was pretty hot today…they practically cooked while I was painting them. I guess I was hungry for some color after my relatively subdued painting from yesterday. Thanks for stopping by. A week left to the “challenge”!!!
Because of the challenge I have not had time to engage in household cleaning very much…and I was going to try to wait until the end of the month and the challenge, but really I just couldn’t take it any more. After this morning of massive cleaning, I needed a nap and then there wasn’t much daylight left. I’m running low on inspiration too…and my “props” are in need of augmentation. I keep wanting to run to the thrift store but there isn’t much time left over for that. So I thought I’d go with humble again. Someone who I think is in on this challenge (I forgot to make a note of who) wrote that “circles are the devil” which kind of cracked me up, because I know the feeling. This was really hard to photograph too, with it having been painted with incandescent lighting and there being little daylight left for shooting it. But, ya know, I did it, and that’s what counts for now.
I was working on this while listening to a webinar on creating WordPress sites. Then, even though I could have kept going, I ran off to a “free” portrait demo in my neighborhood. I knew the artist but he didn’t acknowledge me and really I could kick myself for not just staying home and continuing to work on my own. This is so different from the self portrait I did just about 8 months ago on my birthday. I may try another one before this challenge is over.
I have been looking at this view for 20 years and have painted it from time to time. I decided to go check on the most recent iteration before today’s and when I found it I was so flipped out by my progress that I literally flipped the older painting onto a wet canvas on the floor. Ugh! Luckily it didn’t do too much damage because the flipped piece was a small painting (which hopefully explains how I managed to accidentally flip it) but seriously?! Anyway, I’ve always loved the subtle gray variations on a gray day, which happens almost every morning in the part of LA I live in…a “marine layer” that usually quickly burns off, but was clearly not going to today so thought I’d take advantage of it and see what I could come up with. It’s quite a challenge, but at least I’m making progress.