As for the latter, I awoke Friday evening with two paintings pressing themselves into my consciousness. I got out of bed and for over three hours began laying them in. I slept for a few more hours, got up and worked on both pieces more. Since then, all I've done is write about them and sleep some more.
Add to all this, I am so frustrated with myself because I still have not learned how to download videos from my camera. For whatever reason, before dawn on Saturday morning, I decided to make videos of the progress I was making on each piece as I painted. Well, yesterday, I showed you the photos of that progress on the 10 x 20" horizontal I have decided to entitle "In the Valley...."
This is the start I made of the 24 x 12" vertical, "Blue Sky Day." I've discovered that I only made this one still shot; the rest is on video. [scream] I had blocked in the main areas in underpainting and then had gone back in with the beginnings of color:
|"Blue Sky Day" is the vertical 12" x 24" version.|
In the 1960's when I was working part-time at a detective agency [honestly], I read the book Archy and Mehitabel, written by Don Marquis some time in the 20's. Quoting from the DonMarquis.com website:
Archy is a cockroach with the soul of a poet, and Mehitabel is an alley cat with a celebrated past — she claims she was Cleopatra in a previous life. Together, cockroach and cat are the foundation of one of the most engaging collections of light poetry to come out of the twentieth century.
I loved Marquis's humor, especially this phrase, which applies to me right now: "Whatthehell, whatthehell, toujours gaie, toujours gaie!" On that note, I'll call it quits for today. Au revoir, mes amis!