Oil on Paper (8 x 10″, I think). I have been experimenting with painting on paper. This is one of my first attempts. I used thick 300 gsm Fabriano HP watercolor paper with three coats of acrylic prime.
It is a very slick surface with its own charm and challenges. For one, this surface – like no other – teaches you to put a stroke down once and LEAVE IT ALONE. If you so much as touch a stroke for the second time, working into it with more paint, the first stroke comes right off.
This painting was based on a scene I see almost every day on my morning walk. I have painted it several times, and each time comes out different. Two earlier versions (with a photo of the actual scene) can be seen here (oil) and here (pastel).
Other than my little painting above, I do not have much to say tonight. I will soon be reaching a milestone of sorts in my age. Have been thinking of all the opinions over the years I have held, about this political party and that.
It all keeps changing. I think the only constant over time has been my concern for the environment and my dumbfounded astonishment at the way the fossil fuel industry hijacks all governments of the world.
I have lived a blessed life. Difficult childhood, but who has not? Yet, tonight I feel like staying silent. Rilke has written something in this vein in his poem “We must die because we have known them”. The last two verses are below:
... But the grown man shudders and is silent. The man who has wandered pathless at night in the mountain-range of his feelings: is silent. As the old sailor is silent, and the terrors that he has endured play inside him as though in quivering cages. (Rainer Maria Rilke)
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