I"m enjoying my stay in Juneau. The boat is comfortable, the cat good company, and I'm close to town and can walk to the grocery store and the swimming pool . I have Lee's car which gets me out the road easily and I have several friends here that I've spent enjoyable time with. I've had some doctor appointments (good 9 month check up) and have been getting some physical therapy for my aging body.
After much inertia, I finally got the oils out a couple of weeks ago and went outside. I guess things are getting better after 4 sessions in different places, a little easier for sure. I can't find my cord to load the camera to the computer, so I can't put them on here yet. Maybe the reason that I'm finally writing here is that I am feeling something positive is coming from the effort. And I am enjoying the process when I am actually doing them.
But I seem to have a barrier keeping me from taking my oils out by myself and working at an easel. I just can't make myself do it. I guess its being shy and feeling like the center of attention, and my work looks so bad. I don't have a problem going out with my stool and watercolors in my lap which I've done several times here in the last few weeks. I did take the oils once to one place by myself where I knew no people would be, but every little noise made me think of a bear eating me. So my plein aire oil painting has been with other people.
There is a group of painters that call themselves the plein rein painters here in Juneau who go out every Saturday and paint together and I joined them last Saturday, and have gone with my friend Michelle 3 other times.
The fact that my show will be in September hasn't seemed to have kicked in. I really should be working diligently on some pieces for the show all this month instead of struggling with the oils. Or I should say more diligently. I'm able to paint with watercolor on the boat that I'm staying on, using photos on my laptop, but I just forget how to paint for a while. Many hours here on the boat and outside have yielded nothing good. I have really been painting terribly, but this week I finally have one piece for the show and am working on another that I think will turn out well.
So, off to Ireland next week. I'll be working with gouache.... would like to do oils, but don't want to lug all the stuff I'd need there. I'll be back home in mid-July, and who knows, maybe anxious to get back to my blog. I'd better be ready to do a few more pieces for my show.
Can't leave without at least one picture. this I did a couple of months ago.
|SUNSET watercolor 14x14 inches|