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Abstract Art Photographic

Uh-oh!

Looks like I may have started something that could prove impossible to stop. The previous painting session has me obsessing about a nearly completed canvas and today I may have thought through the ideal steps. Now would be a good time to creatively step back just to be sure this direction is truly the best. After all, you can’t unring a bell.

The weather update today has been getting my hopes up that at least one day this weekend outdoor temperatures will be sufficient for more artistic efforts. Perhaps now would be the best time to practice guarded optimism.

Can’t seem to ease my concerns about the shortage of appropriate paint available on the market. I really should go through everything on hand for a proper perspective and to plan ahead if the need to adapt arises.

Until I’m once again creating something on canvas now would be as good a time as any to provide a sample of Amateur Photoshop.

Original photo taken in bright sunlight but adjusted to create a more evening feel.
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Photographic

Monochrome Monday

To cleanse the pallet from all the weekend excitement here’s something slightly more subdued. Still quite artistic but more down to earth.

Garden Flower in Monochrome
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Abstract Art

Day 3 – Bah Humbug

Seems the tranquil dawn of the day was short-lived as soon the wind picked up and fast moving clouds took over. Before the painting day could start it was over. Sometimes the temperature is favourable but all the other variables fall apart. However, if I’m going to enjoy a couple of productive days this is an inconvenience I can roll with.

Between the rain storm and other non- painting difficulties production of anything wasn’t going to happen. When presented with moments like this I like to get things done that will make the next painting day even better. It can be creatively or productivity or both.

Sometimes you get to collect the eggs and other times you have to care for the chickens.

A Former Indoor Painting Setup
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Abstract Art Mild Rant

Day 2 – The Sequel

As planned painting did eventually commence as the schedule allowed. Perhaps the conditions weren’t quite as sunny and warm as previously but there was no way I was going to turn down the opportunity.

Yesterday’s canvas was set aside until the next steps could be thought through. Today’s piece was once again an initial background started late last year. Just like before supplies were hauled outside and the same setup established. The elements didn’t quite spark the same unrestrained enthusiasm, what with the jacket and occasional shivering, but it all goes with the territory in Canada.

Overall the two paintings have progressed in remarkable and surprising ways. New ideas emerged and eventually decisions will have to be made. Each work is distinct and has to be allowed to reach it’s full potential.

Found out something unfortunate tonight; the shortage of pigment and paint production has hit artists even harder than I’d initially thought. Most retailers aren’t even taking orders for when stock arrives. With everything I have on hand there’s still work that can be done but the sooner an order can be placed the better I’ll feel.

Today calls for much the same temperatures but a significant amount of rain which could present a small problem. A hectic schedule beyond my control is the other problem but if there’s a way to work around it all I’ll find it!

I’m told these come in bright colours too!!
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Abstract Art

Live: From The Driveway!

That’s right, painting has officially started. While cooler this morning the weather cooperated enough to allow work to start about 90 minutes ago. Just a short post for now and a sample of what this season will bring!

Coming Near You… 01-2021
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Abstract Art Mild Rant

Grr…

Seems keeping an eye on the weather forecast during the days prior to outdoor painting has proven valuable once again.

The originally unseasonably warm temperatures scheduled for this afternoon have been downgraded considerably; roughly half of the estimate only 48 hours ago. If this proves to be the case then all outdoor artistic efforts will have to wait for Wednesday. Experience has show that cooler temperatures are not friendly to paint or it’s ability to adhere.

Even the best laid plans have to be adjusted and improvisation is needed. I’ll have to wait several more hours to see what unfolds and act accordingly. At least everything is prepared and thought through so there’s less chance of a rage post from this artist over the next day or so.

All will remain in a holding pattern until nature gives her approval to commence full speed.

Current Weather In Canada
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Abstract Art

48 – 2016

Just thought I’d present this piece as a demonstration where I’ve been creatively in the past. Looks like Tuesday and Wednesday will be good for a few hours of outdoor paint-on-canvas activity. Should turn a few heads on my street to say the least!

48 – 2016
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Mild Rant

Time

I can’t speak for anyone else but ever since the pandemic started there seems to be an over abundance of time each and every day. My schedule hasn’t greatly changed since before all this so the explanation requires further analysis.

Personally, it may simply be the lack of outdoor painting that has everything thrown off. Tried to create an indoor strategy but nothing seemed to take hold. Been trying my hand at photography with my trusted iPhone but there’s likely an official limit to how many pictures we’re allowed to take of a single tree or chair. Social media has proven there’s no such limit on selfies.

So I continue my quest to be a productive member of society or at least the household. At this point I may have to pass time photographing other people’s trees.

Someone Else’s Clock
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Photographic

Irises

Trying to keep this post lighter and slightly whimsical so what could be more suitable than a look back on the summer. Here we take a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Glasgow, Scotland.

It was a remarkable opportunity to take photos of so many wonderful species in a variety of colours.

Purple Irises – Glasgow, Scotland
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Photography Fun

It seems to be occurring more often lately where an ordinary bland snapshot is almost begging or even the slightest enhancement to become more memorable. While I have neither the time of interest in becoming a Photoshop expert, playing with a few basic functions can be rewarding.

At this point in the year I’m really hoping painting season starts earlier than expected as I don’t think the world of photography can tolerate much more of this abuse. 🤣