Wednesday, September 2, 2015


This was fast.  I met this bird and a restaurant called Macaw's.  The place did not look like much from the road but a very quaint pleasant restaurant was behind the front building in a very tropical setting.  All doors were wide open as well as the windows. 

Getting this guy to pose was my entertainment while waiting for my dinner to be prepared.  Getting a shot at any thing other than the back of his head was a challenge.  He was not in a cage, but on a stand.  As you can see he has a stunning face. 

This is day 2 of the Painting challenge.  So far brushes are wet and my painting table is a mess.  It takes several minutes to clean up for the next painting in the morning.  Eventually I am going to have to produce  2 paintings in one day.  I plan to be traveling in the middle of this month.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Here we go again.  This is the first day of the 30 paintings in 30 days.  I have such a busy month.  Why am I doing this?  Why on earth do I not pick simpler subjects for such quick sketches?  How far will I get into the challenge?

Last time I tried this I was preparing to move.  I did fine until the moving van came and then I caved.   I  cannot resist the fun.  It is so good to be forced to paint so fast.  Most of my work is so slow and precise.  I probably will never change but this exercise keeps me from getting tangled up in my aim for perfection.

This flamingo was standing on one foot, gazing at his reflection.  He was in a pool with several other flamingos and they were all standing on one foot.  This blog is full of questions.  Here is the last one for tonight.  Why does this seem to be the flamingo's favorite stance?  Why do they like to stand on one foot?