If you got my daily painting sent to your email today and there wasn't a picture, it wasn't a trick to get you to come to my blog to become a follower (although, that would have been very clever) it seems blogger had a little universal problem today - but everything seems okay now.
Oh, and no, there wasn't any sunlight today, but I thought maybe I could pretend. . .
To mark the occasion I'd like to give this painting away - but I've decided to create a little challenge - currently there are 41 Followers on my blog side bar - let's DOUBLE that - 82 - by next Sunday - and I'll have my lovely assistant, Brie the dog, choose a random follower out of a hat!
Increase your chances of a free painting and helping me to reach my goal - tell your friends to sign up. . .
Honestly, I thought I'd give up by now - but I feel ready for 300 more days, just because I can.
No fuss! Painting at night gets the best of me, I cannot stay awake long enough for the paint to dry. The only issue with waiting until morning to scan and post is when one wakes up, the light is totally different in the day, and it creates a desire to fuss with something you've declared finished, just eight hours before, in a totally different lighting situation.
It's actually time to start a new painting, I know this, new conditions, new day but there's that meddling desire, which makes no sense because everything has changed. Move on!!!
The daisies still look good so they got another session. I cannot wait for the sunflowers and black-eyed-susans to come back - I planted a whole bunch of sunflowers last year but none came up, which is curious because I've never had that problem.
Okay, officially I've only been gardening for three years and by gardening, I mean buying seeds and little baby plants, dumping them in the ground and watching - for some reason I don't even have to water the garden - sea air maybe? Brie helps by digging alongside me. . . I'm not kidding.
I know what you're thinking - this looks just like the painting I did yesterday - Well, yesterday, you see, I cut off the top of the daisies in my painting and I thought, huh, now what would it look like if I contained the subject w/in the frame of the canvas? Yesterday, I thought cutting off something would make it look like it extends beyond the canvas, offering an imaginary bounty, continuing forever, but today, I thought, maybe things should be contained in the frame?
Did everyone happen to notice the photo of my actual self now on my blog? I keep hearing about the importance of having a photo on the blog, twitter and oh yes, facebook, I didn't actually have my face on facebook!
Well, I'm not sure this picture is what 'they' meant but half my face is there - soon, I'll present both halves!
I painted on the side of the road today in Cohasset. At first, I wanted to paint water, but it was considerably colder there, so back in the car to a row of trees and a stonewall, which was great for balancing my gum, palette and brushes!
It wasn't until well into it, when I backed up to take a look at my painting that I noticed the discarded EMPTY beer cans I was standing in front of. It must have looked as if I guzzled them then tossed them over my shoulder before painting! I promise they weren't mine!
Other News: Book club tonight we read The Dreamcatcher's Tour - I wonder if I can finish it in time???
And more news still: I saw the most fantastic new cooking show today, it's called Improvise! I will tell you when it airs, I got a preview! Look for the Facebook fan page - if I knew how to link that to here, I would, but I don't.
I'm painting outside tomorrow for the first time this year, I can't wait! When I started painting last year, all I wanted to do was paint outside, but it rained for almost a month (and when it wasn't raining, I wanted to kayak) - so, I decided I could try still life painting and I'm glad I did - so tomorrow, up early to paint my still life and then some other things that 'need doing' and then outside I go!
I was recently asked if I use a palette knife - I'm excited it looks like I do - but I confess, I don't.
I took a class on the subject with Rob Longley, who studied under Henry Hensche - although RL is wonderful at his technique, I could not get it down and everything I did w/the palette knife looked furry - no matter what the subject, the side of an orange for instance, furry - the wall of a building also furry. . . I would love to figure it out someday.
BUT that workshop was really interesting because Rob Longley is also a great story teller and I learned a lot about Henry Hensche and what the summer art community was like in Provincetown years ago.