"Beside Restful Waters"

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This was my second full summer working on this piece, and what a pleasure it was to hang out with its peaceful and exciting vibe again. The paradox of this one is that pairing of tranquility with the exhileration of chasing after the light effects that are fairly dramatic and somewhat brief. I used my normal approach, which includes the idea that whatever doesn't flow off the brush quite right today, can be revisited tomorrow, or as many tomorrows as are needed. I will look forward to more of those days when summer returns.

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"Beside Restful Waters"

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Oil - 24 x 36 - in progress
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Here is my updated gizmos collection, showing an on-ground palette holder for some stool points-of-view, and a now plastic brush-holder that is bigger but lighter than the previous wood one. As we age, we can feel each ounce a little more : >)

The fallen tree was a new-comer by the way, so I'm painting as if it's not there. We'll see if it's there next year?

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Here's last year's story that was too fun not to remember:

... it became routine for me to hear a steady gnawing sound from above, followed by a rhythmic: "pumh, pumh, doink" ... as a squirrel in the tree above me would drop acorn shells on my hat brim and palette. We get so much good coaching in life to not take things personally, but I had to chuckle over this being one of those times where I was SUPPOSED to take it all quite personally. It's funny to think now though, that since I've stopped going to that painting spot, little Squirrelly might be thinking: "Yep, I dealt with THAT problem!"

Darn, Squirrely didn't bomb me this year ... hope they're alright, and maybe just maybe, they've grown in tolerance of a more pluralistic society?