OK. I’m going to seriously get some work done around here now and stop playing around!
This is my car sliding through New York City without having to stop in a traffic jam because it’s early on a Sunday morning and I’m sailing across the Tappan Zee Bridge which I found without getting lost even once.
This is me making piles of things I need for my vacation which will all fit in the trunk of my car and I’ll have all the art supplies I need in Maine which I couldn’t take along if I flew there.
Unless these abstracts look like something else to you, in which case whatever you think is right, good or bad, because the art viewer’s interpretation is the correct one despite what the artist intends, so they said at the academy.
This is Winsor & Newton, Winsor Violet with a little Titanium White.
I’m just doing a color check for flowers that I’m going to paint in my still life.
If you want to give it another title I could change that.
Amethyst by Michael Harding with a little Titanium white.
Brilliant Pink by Michael Harding.
I love working this paint like this. Making it runny enough to dot is like making a glaze which I normally do anyway with oil paint. Mixing colors and thinning them with terpenoid using a palette knife is the old traditional way of painting and the still life also has an underpainting which is the old school style so the pointillist experiment I’m working on is similar in those respects to how I usually work with oil paint. The main difference is the dots instead of brush strokes.
It does take some time to prepare the paint for glazes or dots and a lot of artists don’t like to do it but I enjoy this step.
Funny thing happened to me this morning on my one woman quest to rid my blog of bots. I decided to have a look at the vitamin sellers and try to determine if they are bots and I saw a lot of the same post on top of a lot of the vitamin blogs. It was for a colon cleanse product! hahaha How obvious that all those blogs are generated by the same bot! I took them all off my list of followers.
I also don’t like news of the world blogs because I can tell they don’t write any original content. Those bots are programmed to find news articles with certain key words and post them on the bot blog. So those are gone for now but I’m finding that bots will try to follow again and you have to keep trying to x them out again and again sometimes.
What is more important to you? Would you rather say, ” I have 5000 followers.” or would you rather say, ” I have 50 followers who are real people.” Because if you have 5000 followers there could be 3000 bots behind you watching you. That idea makes me nervous. And there could be 1000 or more dead blogs who don’t go away like zombies.
You should take an hour or so and just look at your followers list and compare the vitamin seller blogs and see how many are about the colon cleanse products today. But they have so many products to list that they might list another product on top of the colon cleanse products in a minute.
Join me in my quest to keep blogging real for real people. The most important thing is to find like minded people and hear their ideas, not the number of fake followers you have. That’s quality over quantity.
The zombie apocalypse might happen and when it does you’ll find me with the zombies. Probably walking real slow behind a herd of them. I’ll wear my zombie mask and put some zombie blood on my clothes and they’ll never notice me.
I don’t know about you but I feel kind of sorry for the undead. They weren’t bad people, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and got turned into zombies and now everyone’s trying to bash their brains in and they’re only trying to find something to eat. Like, you can’t hold it against a cat for catching a bird. It’s the same thing.
After the zombie apocalypse happens do you think mankind will join together and try to heal? Oh, Hell No! They won’t. The living will turn out to be more inhumane than the monsters!
You might see some odd romantic relationships between the living who need to repopulate the world and take it back from the undead. You might wonder, what does that ass kickin zombie killing girl see in that tired old ex-cop. or something. Then he’s gone and she moves on. But all that is beside the point.
I admire people who are strong and can survive the apocalypse but I couldn’t make it. I can’t shoot or ax zombies. I couldn’t build a sturdy zombie proof shelter or anything. The new civilization won’t need artists for many years. Bad guys would steal my food and I’d die so I’m going to the zombie side first then I’ll see the bad guys before they see me.
Do you have any plans for the apocalypse? Are you hoarding food yet?
The nest is on top of a tall light pole over a ball field. This is the 3rd summer I’ve watched them. They don’t turn that light on and the field is grassy. They play ball on a few other fields, which are all connected and it gets loud when they have games, which were called off in 2020 but came back last year and this year. I guess the ospreys don’t mind the noise of the crowd cheering for their team.
I can see them from my balcony but they are too far away to get a photo since I don’t have a telephoto lens.
It’s great to see one of the adults fly in with a pan size fish.
It was windy yesterday and the chicks were holding up their wings and lifting themselves up and flapping a lot but they’re still up there today.
They’re constantly chirping. I guess they’re ready to fly and I hope they come back next year because they don’t hang around the nest after the chicks can fly. The young ones learn to fish for the rest of the summer.
That is today’s wildlife report from Virginia Beach.
This is a 16 x 20 canvas that I tinted with gray acrylic. My little black sketchbook would be too small to paint the spider lilies since I want to paint life size and not have to squish the flowers. I can fit 2 more flowers on the canvas but that will be next week. After I get all the flowers roughed in like this I’ll start some background leaves. Then I’ll go over the whole thing again. I think it will be much brighter when it’s finished.
It’s too hot out there. I can only concentrate for 1 hour in this heat and I think I’m so dedicated for tolerating the heat that long! It took me around an hour for each flower. That’s 3 drives to the garden so far and they’re gouging us on the price of gas, but I can do the second coat of paint at home. I might do a still life at home this summer to save gas, or work on my baseball scene which I can see from my balcony.
I’m not sure about continuing to paint with acrylics and a palette knife. A brush would be faster and easier. The acrylics dry too fast and even when I only squirt a little out of the tube and spray it with water the paint starts to dry before I finish one flower. With oil paint, I can mix enough of the color for all my flowers at one time and put a piece of plastic wrap over it and I don’t have to mix the color every day. Oil paint stays workable for weeks with plastic over it.
The main good thing about painting like this is I don’t have to clean brushes.
Meanwhile I’m trying to have some fun here.
I already know my favorite places to hang out will be too crowded today because it’s a big holiday weekend so I’ll be at home staying out of traffic.
I’m saying, “What just happened?”
As always, I’d like to hear your interpretations of these abstracts, good or bad.
The weather is much cooler today and it was cloudy. I was glad to get to the garden and paint this flower because they’re calling for rain 4 or 5 days in a row and I don’t know how much I’ll get out this week.
It will be great next week when a whole bunch of these day lily buds all bloom at once. I might get a piece of watercolor paper stretched for a painting of 3 or 5 flowers and some buds. I’ve been looking for some red spider lilies that I painted a few years ago with oils. I’d like to try again with acrylics. But what I really wish I could find is Tiger Lilies. I’ve been looking around for a few years off and on and haven’t seen any.
That was fun to scratch through the red and yellow paint. I like glomming it on thick and scratching through it and smearing it with my palette knife.
These flowers on my little black sketchbook are just for practice. When I do my finished painting I might use my cake decorating bag and pipe the stamens in the center of the flowers. Then I’ll have a contrasting sharp line next to my smears. I’m not sure if I should do the background for a finished painting with acrylics and a palette knife or if I should do a watercolor background.