Right now we've been between -5 and +9 degrees for nearly three weeks. I detest the cold, I can't go outside and work, I don't like painting snow scenes, whine whine whinge. So it was a real treat to revisit this late August scene in a demo for my online oil painting class. It's rough because it was done in under an hour for the sake of a reasonable video size. But in preparing it for posting this morning, I realized just how warm I let this piece get: maybe overly so, but given what's outside right now, can you blame me?
It has been ages - I don't know how long - since I've done one of my donut paintings. I've done at least a hundred over the years - and a hundred of almost anything can get tiresome. However, I've given it a rest and I'm thinking it might be entertaining to do a Saturday morning Facebook Live event each week titled something like "Coffee and a Donut" in which I sample a new coffee and do a quick donut painting. This one is a maple frosted from our very own Jewel - they have great donuts. As there are many venues in town, I'll be moving around and sampling. Stay tuned.
My first post for this new blog comes with a bit of a heavy heart. By way of an introduction, we had to put our Lab of fourteen years down about a year ago. I don't think I faced up to it for about five months and then I just cracked.
I get physically ill when I hear of friends' pets suffering. There's nothing for it. So when I heard that my friend of some fifty years Mike's dog Lucky had internal bleeding, my guts clenched and all I could do in reaction to the photo he posted was to pick up my brushes.
I don't have the courage to ask about the outcome . . . I'll hear in time.
This is a new site. Last May my comprehensive web site was infected with Viagra malware. The ISP (iPage) would not do a thing to help, so - contrary to the action of Viagra, I deflated it. Building a site from scratch is just an enormous undertaking given the sheer volume of images - and so I happily and with great relief present both my new site and my new blog. I hope you'll find it interesting, informative and - oh yeah - beautiful!