This was the last day of painting before we had to turn in our stuff–3 painting max–and since I was going downtown anyway, I thought I’d get one more painting in. Not sure if it was worth it. It was 100 degrees or so. The slight breeze was whipping up a dance of filthy papers and plastic bags around me. I ran into one of the other participants and he told me about some virus or other going on downtown that had left one volunteer for the homeless without a leg. I joked that he was just trying to scare me out of the competition and we laughed…but then he left…and I was alone…and I’d somehow forgotten my paper towels. I called B in a panic and he told me maybe I had extra in the car…which it turned out I did…but I had to break everything down and then set it all up again…my feet felt swollen and bruised by the heat…the air was almost suffocating. I managed to paint this but decided to go with the first 3 which were already framed and ready to turn in. The next night I saw that my work was in a dark corner of a large poorly lit room…definitely not showing to best advantage…oh well…It was still a ton of fun.
Something so peaceful about a lake on a cloudy day…especially when one is in a cloudy mood.
I spent many years drawing and painting the figure…Maybe I will try some more of these….hmmm.
Groupon sent me an email with the subject line “Our Cat’s Recommendations” as I was painting this. Do you feel like Big Brother is watching you? I also saw an ad pop up on a pet portrait class. Coincidence? I don’t have a cat. In fact, I’m allergic. And maybe to painting them too. This “Snuggle” was a struggle! The mottled coat and dappled light really made keeping the form of the cat intact quite the challenge! This was inspired by the theme “hibernate”–which at first, as with many of the themes, I was like, “you’re kidding me, right?” but then I hung in there…because being forced out of my usual subject matter was good for me. And as long as Big Brother realizes that I do not in fact own a cat and never have and never will….all is well.