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Daylily Page now has the way it looked this morning, with the original lily dried and dangling, the wilted one that I left out of the first painting cocked over at an unusual angle and that little green bud now golden orange and rising proud to bloom tomorrow most likely. This is part of why I love picking them.

Same colors in Daniel Smith watercolors -- Green Gold, Serpentine Genuine, Moonstone, Azo Orange and New Gamboge on the bud and wilted lilies, then repeated the Serpentine and Moonstone in a small study of the vine leaves on the trunk of my pecan tree out my window. I may do that one repeatedly till I get comfortable enough with it to do it loosely.

I have yet to paint the entire tree as I see it, or as much of it as I see. But I'm sure I will one of these days, it's so beautiful.

Today it rained. It was overcast, then it was really soggy and dark, then soft thunder announced a severe thunderstorm that rolled over and had an eye. For a few minutes strong winds tossed the trees around and then a monsoonlike rain slashed down blurring everything and the whole world out there was green-blue darkness. Then it lightened up, then the grand monsoon and winds repeated again, then it eased up again.

The streets became shiny reflecting the sign on the video store across the street. It's still not bright out.

I love this climate.

I was not debilitated today even with that grand thunderstorm happening. It's not Kansas and whatever it was about Kansas spring weather that made me so sick is muted here. I was a bit sicker than usual but not so bad I couldn't enjoy the show.

I'm now watching watercolor videos every day since the 10th. On into the sixth of a nine-DVD series of Watercolour Secrets, which Bob Davies sold out of at http://www.watercoloursecrets.com and http://www.idrawandpaint.com and http://www.howtodrawandpaint.com -- that third link though has news and his excellent newsletter signup. Plenty of free videos there plus he's made Watercolour Secrets the rather large ebook available free for download.

So if you want to try it, download the ebook and then message him to pester him to get more DVDs pressed. The series is every bit worth the standard price of $127 and compares with anything good I've seen on PBS. This course sorted out numerous watercolor problems I struggled with for years. Seeing him actually use techniques like razoring in sparkles on water or salting mottled rocks helps, also I think I might actually manage to get flat washes now.

Once I finish watching the entire series I'll go back to the beginning and start doing the exercises. I'll probably keep those in a watercolor pad so that I can store them. They're good paintings, but they're copies of someone else's paintings so I will not be listing them on eBay or anything. What I might do though is create some original work using his palette and techniques, so those would be up for sale if I decide to let go of it.

I think he's got a uniquely British style and of course most of his references are from the UK so they're of lovely UK subjects. He's not as fond of screaming bright "Fluourescent" greens as I am -- but he lives in a mostly overcast country with more Northern vegetation. I've spent some significant years in places like this where the greens leap out so strong they will overcome everything on a sunny day, to where I might as well start with a green wash because of the amount of reflected color.

This afternoon it was dramatically green, with a definite blue cast, and so dark it'd be an interesting painting in itself.

So that's what I'm doing while I'm unpacking to keep myself in my chair and not running up and down to the basement to get more boxes. I've got one big clothes box left to overturn and clear out but my back's given me a bit of trouble today and I know to stop at the twinge -- not wait for serious pain.

Meanwhile I did happily get all the books that used to be on the rolling cart. So I've now got my photo reference volumes and my good watercolor and pastels and oil pastels and colored pencils books. I think I may have to bump some of the fiction off that bookcase though in order to make room for more reference books since I know I've got more coming up that are still packed. I still don't have Giovanni Civardi's Complete Guide to Drawing upstairs and know I had scads of big reference books stacked with it along with sketchbooks and things.

So the reference shelves may have to take up two out of five shelves in that big bookcase and the paperbacks will double stack unless some of them migrate to the bathroom shelves. Not sure what I'll put in there if I start doing showers more often, need to be a bit careful about that -- maybe move all of the bath stuff and sealed art supplies to the soggier end by the toilet and put books in the right hand shelves farther from the shower.

I might also want a stepstool to actually use the top shelves for something.

I'm such a heavy reader. And I really don't have many books compared to people I know who like books and live in houses. I can't even call myself a collector, there aren't enough for me to call it a collection and I don't take care of it like one. I just use them constantly and need more books.
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
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robertsloan2
Jul. 9th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Should I buy a nice engagement ring...
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My opinion, don't marry a woman who's marrying you for money, which measuring the size of the diamond implies.

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