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Monday, August 31, 2015

Back in Business

I happy to report that my windows have been replaced and that my studio is now open again.
Starting last Wednesday at 5am, the crew took out the incorrectly tinted glass.
You can really see how dark it was when the tinted glass in leaning up against the other side of my studio where there is clear glass.
The new glass is very heavy.  Double paned, UV coated.  Weighs 265 lbs.  This time it is see-through.  I started to feel better as soon as they started putting in the new clear glass.  The tinted glass had really been wearing me down.  

On the second day it was a 7am start to replace the glass on the other side.
As you can see, it now easy to see outside from the inside and the light for painting and viewing art is great.  
I had to remove everything from my windows, so it gave me an excuse to clean and rearrange while they worked.

The third day it was a 10am start, just to do the clean up, i.e., to reinstall the carpet and wash the windows while I put everything back in the windows.
I also prepped a new large 36x48 canvas to start painting in the window.  It is toned gray.  The other painting-- the one on my easel--- is one I started but stopped during the "dark" period ---but got out again to try to finish before the summer profusion of flowers is over.
And bought a nice bouquet of sunflowers to mark the new beginning.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Radio Flyer" Oil Painting

"Radio Flyer"
8x10 Oil

My landlord has reassured me that new windows are on order to fix the incorrectly tinted glass on the one side of my studio, but I will be lucky if I am back in business by the end of the month.
So, I decided to paint under the fluorescent light on the "good" side of my studio and see what happened.

"Radio Flyer " is a quick and loose painting which I sketched on Tuesday afternoon and completed on Wednesday.

I have been feeling nostalgic lately.  I used a photo I took at the 1000 Islands where my husband's family has a cottage.  There are signs of play all over the front yards there.  Usually left like this when they've gone inside to take a break.

It felt good to have something new to put in the window.  (When the painting dries, I will frame it. )