Painting is the one thing that keeps me from sinking into an abyss of anxiety caused by the current political/cultural/social/etc chaos. So, I paint as often as I can. That immersion has become more important than ever.

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The smoke from BC has changed the Puget Sound summer air, made it somehow thick. It's not humid here, exactly, but the air clings to the skin and the body reacts as though it were damp. The haze of smoke creates a filter that allows us to look directly at the sun, and photograph it without filling the lens with obscuring light

I painted this a few days ago, another view of Sinclair Inlet at sunset, perhaps a little more abstract than the other sunset picture. It's more about the sun than it is about the water or the land. 
I used an orange-red ground again, but this time I masked out the sun so that I could make it more intensely white. For a little while each evening, before it drops below the horizon, it blazes like this but you can still look at it. The BLP says it burns his retinas (the painting, not the actual sun). 

I posted it on FB as soon as it was done, and within hours I had an offer to purchase it. Since it will be wet for quite a while, and then will need to be varnished, I get to enjoy it for a bit before I send it off. I'm really pleased that someone wants it. I don't really have a hard time letting paintings go after the initial birthing process, but I don't have a pressing need to part with them, either. I’m thrilled that Looking At the Sun will go to someone who understands this piece. 

                           Looking At the Sun  © Rose Guastella 2017  Oils on canvas  16” x 20”

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Comment by greenheron on August 11, 2017 at 11:31am

Rosi I LOVED that movie! It didn’t get great reviews, but to me it was beautifully filmed, and realistically depicted the idiosyncrasies of an artists’ life without romanticizing. 

One of my favorite scenes was when he added the single orange brush stroke to his painting after it had been installed in the salon exhibit.  Supposedly Timothy Spall spent time learning to paint so he could be convincing. Ed Harris did too for Pollock (sigh. Ed Harris), watched the Hans Namuth film and copied some of the paintings so he’d get the physical aspects right. It always shows when an actor is fake drawing/painting on top of artwork commissioned for a movie. It’s like when an actor playing a guitar frets different notes than those you hear.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 11, 2017 at 11:37am

I used to have a giant royal academy book filled with expensive tipped in lithograhs of turner watercolors. it was nerve wracking to look at.. Lifting it could give you a hernia. 

I'm a fan of turner oils - theyre so over the top lush. His watercolors were lovely but. For me.  Meh  

I prefer american watercolorists for their fluidity and freedom. Like whistler and sargeant and now marin these ate artists I relate To strongly.. 

so I sold it on ebay for a small fortune.  

This bee is not happening. Some of it works but overall - fail. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 11, 2017 at 11:53am

I'm drowning my failure in mango juice mixed with iced tea and I'm eating popcorn that has real honest to god butter in it.

BUTTER, people!. I make a mean bag of popcorn! 

Comment by greenheron on August 11, 2017 at 11:58am

Monk, it's not what you think. These were abstract and way way way ahead of their time. I went back to see twice, plowed right through all the galleries of giant maritime stuff he's famous for, to see these:

I think maybe worsening old age eyesight may have been in force, but wowsa. Some images actually did look white, they were so pale, with maybe a stroke or two of pencil. C'est tout. You'd like I bet.

I have been trying to draw a fish today, but all that's done is one fin and an eyeball. maybe the fish and bee should go get a cool fizzy beverage!

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 11, 2017 at 12:26pm

Oh. Yes! late turner!! He was superb!

for me early turner is a snooze. even the oils.... not all but most. 

Thats how it is with artists. They get old and they just go to hell with the rules. Look at Michelangelo. His late sculpts were like late Rodin long before Rodin became old enough to throw it all to the wind himself. Its great to grow old and Find another voice. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 11, 2017 at 12:32pm

Or is it the purest voice filtered through skill and experience.. One brushstroke.. One line can speak more....

Musicians too. Great ones get better with age. they can get raw and badass. callas dropped down in range and became gutteral she was so glorious! they know what to do w what they have and how to apply it

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 11, 2017 at 12:34pm

The bee has been set aside for monday. definitely going to hit it with my pastels. I'll take pictures. I'm a whore. 

Comment by Rosigami on August 11, 2017 at 12:52pm

I read somewhere recently that creative folks over 60 are at their MOST creative in this time of life. That is certainly the case with me. 

Comment by Ron Powell on August 11, 2017 at 1:36pm

Looking again at your portrait of the sun, I truly believe that you've given us a glimpse at the nature of your inner being so:

Comment by Rosigami on August 11, 2017 at 1:44pm

Ahhh Ron! An old favorite scene from an old favorite film.

Every painting is a self portrait, however momentary!


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