This is from Wednesday. I participated in the second LA Plein Air Festival and we were allowed to go paint from the 27th floor of City Hall. There’s a terrace with bays that raps around the building…If you’d asked me if I was afraid of heights I would have told you “no” but being up there looking down for a long time was a tad unnerving. I was relieved to hear a big guy on his cell phone expressing his similar anxiety and we later both agreed that painting from there was both calming us down and exhilarating. I regretted having such a small surface to work on but then again, I had to haul my equipment up a long staircase (after dragging it several blocks from a parking lot) and that’s all I felt comfortable managing. This is Union Station from an unusual perspective…It looks so tiny from up there.
Okay, so it was a “30 in 30″ challenge and this is my 5th time. All of the other times I did 30 paintings, but as you can see, I did not pull it off this time. Life got in the way. I won first prize on 8/8 on the DPW website which meant, besides the money, being a featured artist for the month….so I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity by starting to paint and post daily from that point on…So I did 14 paintings in the last 3 weeks of August…and 27 daily drawings…and that was supposedly going to be my vacation after teaching 5 weeks of summer school…NOT! So then September rolls in with the 30/30 Challenge…and I’m game…except B’s brother suddenly decides (at least that’s how it affects my plans) to get married and we’re off to North Carolina. And I’m still thinking “I can do this!” But then…there’s the wedding…and driving from one end of the state to another (B wants me to see it all)…and jet lag and Jewish High Holy Days (some of which involve fasting (and possibly fainting)) and then the coup de grace: my computer dies, completely! I’m not really a big believer in doing more than one painting in a day, unless it’s quick sketches of a model or something…So I missed a lot of days. But I’m satisfied. My collage is better looking than when there are more paintings. I didn’t start out with the idea of a theme…but as you can see, except for 3 of them, all of them relate to water, and many to the setting sun. I still got a tremendous value out of the “challenge” even if I was not able or willing to complete the number. And, after all these challenges, I can see that there’s an ease setting in about painting more often. Which does not mean I’m not going to take this week off–because I AM! I have some intense painting periods coming up this month…and for a little while it’s time to put some other stuff on the front burners. Thanks for stopping by…and I treasure your comments.
We spent a lot of our vacation in NC chasing sunsets….an admirable way to spend one’s time, I think…and why we don’t do it everyday….???
This is from something I saw while we were driving along the road in North Carolina, on our way to the Outerbanks. Did I mention my computer died about a week ago…It’s really hard to post without it.
This painting is the last one I did in North Carolina. B insisted that we needed to see the falls and so, although I kept debating whether it was worth driving there in the limited time we had, we eventually got there. B schlepped the equipment up the trail for me and then I had to paint really fast because we had limited time before we had to drive somewhere 3 hours away by 10 pm. I have to say this painting took a lot of bravery–in my background, painting a waterfall would be just verbotten–too cliche from the get go…and yet, really for me, there was nothing cliche about it…as much or more of a challenge than anything so I jumped in (not literally) and just painted as fast as I could. It was really touch and go to make all that grandeur work on a small canvas…and so many points I felt it was not going to work out, but I kept working with it…I think it finally came together….and then we hiked back out and raced the 3 hours to Chapel Hill–our last adventure before the airport home.
This is from the trip to the mountains of North Carolina…so many beautiful areas. I’ve been having trouble posting since my computer died this week. I’m trying to get up and running…but it’s been a challenge. This is being done on a borrowed one.
Ocracoke, a most magical island on the “Outer Banks” of North Carolina, a place I have dreamed of visiting for the last 7 years, since I met the most magical B.