|Acrylics on stretched canvas, 11x14 inches|
This piece is 11x14 inches on stretched canvas. I had another start for this lesson, on 12x12 inch canvas board, but after numerous unsuccessful redo's, I threw out the panel.
Onto the next, which will be the last lesson for this online class. Then I'm going to go it on my own for a while. I've got all the techniques I need, I just have to paint. But if I don't do it or do it often enough (whatever that is), no pressure ~ I'll do what I do when I do it. The reality is, once or twice a week I have the inspiration to paint, so that's when I've been doing it. Not pushing myself otherwise.
I started reading A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. It's quite enlightening to read about this country, its founding and development since the get-go based nearly exclusively on pretexts, its abhorrent treatment of anyone who wasn't (isn't) white and rich...
Just reread Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin. This book was one of my early inspirations for off-the-grid (metaphorically), under-the-radar living. Another early influence was Ordinary People As Monks and Mystics by Marsha Sinetar. I also recently read for the second time Wallace Stegner's novel, Crossing to Safety, his last book, written six years before his death in 1993. A really beautiful book.
I'm truly enjoying these summer days. Making the most out of each one. Hope you're having lovely days as well. xx