Progress from Orlando

Still sunshine in the south, although a new location. Rounding out my set of three retro drawings which will become part of a show the end of this year. Still using pencil crayons as they work well while travelling.

This is the story from my mother’s childhood, the first of 3 house-fires she’s lived through. As she’s having some memory challenges now, it’s nice to capture some of the stories she’s lived.

Free of the Crypt!

I’ve been trapped in the crypt room of the “Da Vinci’s House” App for longer than I care to admit. But tonight I’m free!

Ok ya it’s really just landed me in another dimly lit room, with more of Da Vinci’s inventions. But I’m still excited. When I’m on a break from painting this is where I’ve escaped to … or get trapped in. Whichever way you want to view that, I suppose.

Painting’s just been an exercise in frustration the past few weeks; I’m very discouraged about absolutely everything right now. I’ve been spending weeks on a piece I can’t show, I can’t post online, so why am I persisting to finish? And of course I’ve just seen yet another problem with scaling that had me toss it into a corner again. F$&k.

Back to Da Vinci.

Wireless Alberta, Abandoned Farmhouse (oil on oak board)

Have been playing with the texture of the paint the past few months, trying to use it physically rather than just render a specific image I have in mind. Sometimes it works better than others, I’ll admit that. I like it when it’s deep enough to carve into, actually, and have played with that a bit here. With enough time and patience, it might bring new meaning to the term layers. It’s quite ‘messy’ though, for lack of a better term.

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