Back home after a wild weekend tramping in the beautiful New Zealand forest. This afternoon I installed lighting in my outdoor studio, and this evening I did my first painting after dark amid pouring rain and wild wind. Here are two works in progress.
I did a bit of research on studio lighting and I did not really experience any problems painting under artificial light. I installed one fitting that takes three lamps – positioned almost directly above my easel. I purchased Philips 6500 K (Cool Daylight), 1450 Lumen lamps.
So far so good! I did not experience any problems with glare and the light situation may be somewhat better usual. I also took both of the above photos under the artificial lights, with pitch dark outside. I am sure the lighting also helps to solve my photo blues – I retook a photo of my Painting #25 and updated the post. This one is much closer to the real image.
I leave you with a poem that I wrote a while ago – it sort of ties together things I feel compelled to paint and my experience of meditation:
MeditationAfter a while the thoughts separateinto small familiar congregations –swinging by every now and then –singing: repent! repent!I don’t – I sit and watch.They go off somewhere and do their good work.Silence and birdsong.Where’s my breath? Here it is – sleeping.I was a boy alone in marshland once,on Tuesday afternoons.At the edge of the forest I found something.It is here now!Hold on.Let go.
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