Here is the painting from last week. I didn’t go to the farmers market this week because the whole July 4 thing threw me off…and I had a hell meeting scheduled for yesterday that I guess I was gearing up for. I painted the view out my window, in watercolor, gouache, and oil. I will probably post those next. I did not intend the red, white and blue effect here…
From last Thursday. So much has changed since then. These roses have all moved on. But their beauty moved me while they were here. Look for my work on One King’s Lane in a week or so. Exciting!
I spent this weekend at a marathon self development workshop with a friend who came in from out of town. This was the big obstacle I was worried about in doing this 30 in 30 challenge. But I got through it…and now just 10 (or 11?) days to go. This piece was painted right before it all started. I should have picked something simple, but instead went with a chaos of flowers and a patterned cloth. I guess it encouraged a degree of looseness which is good.
This was just a quick little study from Sunday, squeezed in between yoga and attending a house party for Marianne Williamson for Congress. The vase is (a) challenging color(s)…and it’s a good check in for where I’m at with my painting.
This is the third poinsettia painting I’ve done. The other two were a couple years ago…I can see the improvement. I like the way the red, green, and white shapes create an abstract pattern. I guess it’s a little past poinsettia time, but it was fun to get to use the bright reds.
Today I went roaming the neighborhood with my car looking for a place to paint. This is definitely not my usual thing to do and I can see why. We won’t even discuss the packing and shlepping part. It was hazy, parking isn’t that easy to find, and then I saw things that were interesting but it was not advisable to be in someone’s driveway or even the sidewalk…and certainly not the road! (I did that out in Illinois…set up in the middle of the road. My painting buddy at the time told me “You can’t set up in the middle of the road” and I said “Why not?” and sure enough no one ever came.) And it’s cold…and the worst part: the light lasts about 10 or 15 minutes…then you’re kind of winging it. I felt rusty, forgot my camera, my sketch pad…and I forget what else I forgot…maybe painting…but it started coming back. Why does it take a life time to figure stuff out and a week to start forgetting it? Also my back started hurting from the cold and the standing. A hot bath is amazing after such an event. I’ll have to wait until the morning to shoot it…too dark when I got back.
Oh, and what attracted me to this scene: the red, of course, against the green, and the interesting shapes and angles.
From a lovely photo taken during a trip to Barcelona by whoever was with the lady in red… that inspired me to make it into a painting…I love the contrast of the red with the neutral background, the feel of sunlight, the way the face blends in to the sunlit wall…the shapes of the dress, hat, plant…an aesthetically pleasing timeless moment in time.
No internet connection today…so I listened to January (piano, bass, drums) by the Marcin Wasilewski Trio…and had a small taste of life before the WWW. I did this piece to practice for a demo I’m doing tomorrow. It has to be large enough for the audience to see what I’m doing…I’ll probably do a 16 x 16…I imagined myself speaking to the crowd…but no, not talking aloud…I’m not crazy after all…another reason you won’t catch me talking on a cell.