19 August 2017

Desk Chit Chat: Looking Back to Go Forward

Autumn Mountains, 17.75" x 18", Canvas glued onto plywood

Do you look at Stats on your blog to see what posts are being read?
Unless you have it  programmed otherwise (don't know what that may be), the photos you post on your Blogspot blog are available on the Internet. Search your blog name, and click on Images. If you have a Pinterest account, then you might notice sometimes more of your Pinned photos will show up in the Image search results as folks find them.
Adirondack Mountains, March 2017

Recently a visitor read this blog post from 9 August 2014.
Gluing Canvas Onto Plywood
The painting (part memory, part photo of Adirondack Mountains) on that canvas is doing well, no shrinkage or separation of note.

Speaking of no glue separation...
Being creative can be a release, a chance to relax and filter the turmoil in the world. Prayer while painting helps ease the heartache. And lately, prayer is a near a constant companion, a voice of reason. It feels very strange to me that tragic events are turned into being all about what one man says, when he says it or doesn't say it. Instead, I am thinking about Gandhi, Doctor Martin Luther King, nonviolence, and prayer. I believe there are a majority of Americans that believe in nonviolent protesting. 

Nonviolence

15 August 2017

A Watercolor Sketch on a Windy Day

Along Lake Champlain, Crown Point Historic Area
On a windy day, by the shores of Lake Champlain I had coffee and a strawberry cheese Danish. Several photos and short videos later, I did a watercolor sketch, and then sat there enjoying the view before leaving.
The yellow caution sign is atop rip rap (crushed stone) held with wire to hold up the steep bank.




Serendipity ruled the morning. I gather up my stuff, and out the door. At the location, I have a bottle of water, but nothing to pour it in. I have watercolor paper, but no drawing board or tape.  And on top of all that, I didn't refill all the paint in the palette box. Next time, I'll have an acrylic palette filled, a canvas ready, a beach chair to hold the canvas, and more coffee.
Spectre Gold II 8, Winsor Newton synthetic sable for the wash. Royal & Langnickel Taklon 2 for detail.


The Canada Geese are a lot of fun to watch. A few times,  two got into it for a much ado about goose.






Palette box needs refilling

I do clean my small palette box, sometimes. A watercolor palette is a familiar place that I don't like to move around unless I have to. I don't record the colors I use. I mix and go. I do allow the wet colors to dry a bit before I close up the palette.





The shoreline there is sandy while in other places it is very rocky. The Canada Geese line up along the water's edge to preen, snooze, dive, and enjoy the view.
If I had stayed longer, then I might have dozed off myself. I love the wind in the summer time. Dust in the air allergies are a bother. My voice is a bit rough in the short video.




YouTube Video of the Canada Geese, narrated by me

13 August 2017

Vintage Linen Towel



Intermission
Still away from blogging
Relaxing, creating, enjoying the sun