Everything’s clearer now the rain is gone

Well, it comes and goes but there have been bright days and some nice sunsets lately. I’m enjoying a few days off for the holiday and so I did go out yesterday morning and this afternoon. Bonus sunset photos! Sunday I re-wet my palette paints AFTER I’d been painting and let them soak it all in while sitting in the car overnight and what lovely paints I had for using today.

Everything’s clearer now the rain is gone

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NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day Ten

If you keep your eyes open and head up, you’ll see signs – the trees turning red, fences glint – so you can turn to see the sun’s last display.

Painters’ Delight

when the sun slants and skips
across the Hudson’s valleys
the air glows gold
painters tried to capture it
they still try, running out
when the fences and trees blush
the clouds flutter
pale pink, ineffable orange
purple, steel
across the turquoise of dusk
even if the sky’s not
a delight-bringing red
we wave farewell to this day
and turn with hope to the next.

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August Already?

That means it’s time for August Postcard Poetry once more. This year I really feel the struggle between words and painting/visual stuff, but will endeavor on. First a quote via Brain Pickings:

The world is violent and mercurial – it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. — Tennessee Williams

Today on Facebook we kept on keeping on but we put some extra effort into posting some funny stuff and we succeeded! Almost felt like the interwebs of days gone by but in these days having some funny stuff (even obligatory cat photos are good) is super important. I explored the web and the non-news-news awhile and just posted interesting and often pretty things. It’s all good.

In that vein, I have been lax in uploading and sharing photos of recent sunsets and clouds seen locally:

First, July 27, 2018:

27 July 2018 Sunset and Clouds//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

on an evening with a lot of still-coming weather.

The next night I went to a local conservation area after work and arrived just in time to take these photos. I then quickly set up my painting gear, put some cobalt blue onto paper to start the sky and promptly got rained on. (The good news – the next day I brushed the pages of the sketchbook with clear water and was able to remove ALL the blue and use those pages for something else!)

28 July 2018 clouds and approaching storm//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

And then tonight, wherein I stopped because of a band of huge towering white clouds which had moved far off by then. There were already a few people snapping away at the setting sun but I took a lot of photos of the rest of the clouds too.

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Beautiful and Cooler Evening

Sunset 3 July 2018 Chatham NY//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

I did two small sketchbook paintings (one on the “wrong” side ie the back of the previous painting duh) and one larger one:

Stopping at the library, the grocery store, the sunset

I stopped at the library tonight to drop off some magazines I was trying to clear out. Hopefully someone will be thrilled to look through them, cut them up etc. I stopped at the grocery store under the premise that having some food in the house would be good. And I stopped at Kristy’s Barn to see the sunset. I’d already seen some lovely rays in the grocery parking lot.

I’m a big believer in mostly enjoying the view and snapping photos also but what the heck I even pulled out the tripod.

Here’s a Flickr Album with all the unedited photos:

Sunset 5 July 2017//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js