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 alsoknownas on August 11, 2017 at 3:23pm

Rosi,

Missed my chance to play w/Kottke in the way back. I had a gig that night and couldn't make it to the private party I'd been invited to attend to set in.

I heard it was good until he got too snockered to hang on to his guitar.

Grrr.

The old days...

Comment by Rosigami on August 11, 2017 at 4:06pm

alsoknownas, Musicians! Hard partyers, some of them. Back in the late '70s, my drummer boyfriend and I went to see Leon Redbone at a club called My Father's Place on Long Island. In between sets we sat with his upright bass player, who was trying to negotiate with BF to "borrow" me for a bit. BF, star struck, was into it. I was not. The guy was old! had to be at least 35!  but we did go backstage to meet Leon. who was drinking straight vodka from a water glass, no ice, filled to the brim. 
Let's just say his last set was a wee bit sloppy. He did get pretty funny though. 

Comment by Rosigami on August 31, 2017 at 8:11am

I'm glad you came back, Terry. 
Artist's studies are interesting to me. I remember seeing some of Van Gogh's studies and sketches when I was first an art student, and realizing that his marks were the same no matter what media he was using. That was fun. Of course he left a voluminous amount of such material behind. A few years ago I got to an exhibition of Michelangelo's studies. It was a small show because he was loathe to have anyone see his studies and had intentionally destroyed most of them. Ego! Somehow these survived. And they were incredibly beautiful. 

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