And here's the woodpecker painting one day later (click image for larger view). I guess if I botch this painting now, you'll all get to see it. Usually my failed paintings are quiet affairs, and they maybe get cut up for CD covers... But I think this one will come out all right - I know just enough of what I'm doing that I can see the next steps - so the risk isn't too high on this one. It's when I'm all in the fog and have no idea what to do next that the odds are more like 50-50. The Storm came out of such a fog. So did a piece I painted completely over in white three times to start over, before I finally tore up the paper and gave it over as bad luck. I felt much better with a new sheet - actually that's the sheet this woodpecker painting is on.
I have not had as much time to paint this weekend as I sometimes do... First I had to go to Raleigh for the Jerry's Artarama sponsored North Carolina art show, which has one of the best vendor/exhibitor setups for art supplies. I bought a year's worth of paper, a lot of Lukas paints (I love the exceptionally strong pigments) and some canvases - small ones (12x12 and 10x10). I saved over $250.00 buying the supplies at that event. The canvases will help me keep up with AED even after AEDM is over, and let me experiment more with acrylics. I have a painting in progress, but it has such a lot of drawing to go before the next stage, that I'm not getting much traction on it.
When I got back from the sale I did a few hours of gardening with my dearest - lots of things to cut back and plants to put in for the winter. She puts in a lot of pansies every fall. We had crazy weather today, with roaring clouds, spotty showers, and glorious beautiful sunny patches after four days of gloom. So it was great to be outside, and the best thing was to be doing it with her.
Then I went riding while daughter practiced driving and she and I grocery shopped at Trader Joe's.
Then I did get to do about an hour of painting, before going downstairs again to make crostinis with the help of youngest son. He arranges all the little slices of bread and helps to separate and place all the prosciutto and mozarella before I place (on some) tomato, portabello, and (only on mine) olives.
Then we all watched Ocean's 13, which we have to agree really was almost as good as Ocean's 11.
It was a good day - one of those that feel like two or three days instead of one. Put several of those in a three day weekend and I go back to work feeling almost like I've been off for a week...