flowers 18 i’m listening to some live queen this afternoon, and suddenly realised that, after finishing up painting for the day, i still had a little jam left in the old brain cells, meaning i could jot a few lines down here. i still have to walk over to the casa de cambio and exchange a few dollars here, paying for the more mundane matters of living, and so most likely i shall begin today and finish another, but here goes–rain reflection 2

damn!! but it rained for days there, and i was trapped inside my house like some two-legged rat. it dumped til the streets ran like rabid rivers and then it dumped some more, accompanied at times by thunder like a large truck rolling down stone stairs. i couldn’t take my usual walkabout in the mornings and so got somewhat cabin crazy, but it did give me impetus to work on my painting and other projects. i finished up another drumfish pendant, as they just keep selling, and then also made another ring, set with 5 nice diamonds– a special order.

but all the time i kept working on the painting, moving it along– all the tonal progressions becoming obvious, one after the other, and i felt myself to be truly in the zoneflowers 27you can see how much improved it was from the first pic at the top of the page, but this one i took just this afternoon, so it is current. my being “in the zone” took a good hit the past couple of days, as i was having trouble getting the colors right inside the blossoms of the flowers, but today it became just a snap– turned out the color i was fumbling around for was the one i thought it was all along, but would just never trust to be the right one. this is typical of me at times, but thank goodness i figured out my psychosis and had the cure. this brings the painting to the end of what i call phase two, meaning it is really just the canvas i plan on painting the actual painting onto– it’s been a lot of work, but i am happy with the results. i was thinking that the flower petals were pretty much done, but i deluded myself on that– there is a lot to be done, it just has to be done lightly, like holly go-!! really what i want to do is to introduce the depth into the piece– right now it is functioning on maybe two depths, according to the basic blocking colors, but i want there to be countless depths in some places, and new ones to discover.venezuela 4

meanwhile, the clouds left and the sun came out and the spider ran up the water spout or whatever– suddenly we are back to humidity and stickiness and some of the largest mosquitoes i have ever seen down here (not as enormous as the ones up in northern alberta, of course)– at least these ones aren’t carriers of dengue fever.

now we have this venezuelan sailing vessel in town, complete with cadet crew, who are enjoying leave on the island. seem like nice people– i was impressed and happy that the ship is coed– all these young people learning the ins and outs of command and working together– it must be somewhat of a wonder when it is out there with the sails filled with wind. life without a net too, as i have heard that it bears no propeller to use when the wind is not in the right quarter. the locals have been enjoying the free tours of the ship, and if i wasn’t messing so much with this painting i might go as well.

golly, i guess that is all. time for me to head on over to the casa de cambio, so i guess i might just as well publish this thing and leave– til the next time!!

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