Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Drop Cloth

Drop cloth in progress. I used to print fabric on top of cardboard. One day a friend suggested I put fabric under the fabric I’m printing to soak up the extra paint instead of cardboard. I immediately started doing that. This drop cloth has many possibilities as a future painting.

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life: Kidney Donation Anniversary

An update on my Dates in a Life: Kidney Donation Anniversary painting as I'm slowly working on it.

I have handstamped 212 of the 287 arrows in box icons needed. Even tough I only need 67 more, I'm going to stamp probably another 80 or so because some are horrible because the fabric paint ran on some of them. That happens sometimes.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Walking Project 2020


I don't usually post mid-month photos of my Dates in a Life Walking Project 2020 painting but yesterday I walked over 20,000 steps, which meant when I updated my painting this morning, I added a yellow icon. (See it in the lower middle part of the painting.)

This is the first time since August 13 and 14, 2019 when we were on vacation in Lyon, France when I did it two days in a row! 

To explain the icons, Black represents 0-9,999 steps, Red 10,000-19,999 steps, and Yellow 20,000 steps and up.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dates in a Life: Kidney Donor Anniversary Painting Planning


I want to make a Dates in a Life: Kidney Donor Anniversary painting, my third in the series, but I’m having a lot of trouble getting motivated. Last night I did the math and here’s what I need: 

start on Feb 23, 2020
columns = 12
end Dec 18, 2020 = 300
25 rows
start + end direction shape = 2
arrows in box = 287
17th anniversary date shapes each month = 10
and meeting my son's donor = 1 shape

Then I hand stamped 20 of the needed 287 arrows in box shapes and stopped because I’m tired and should go to bed. Maybe I’ll have more motivation for this soon.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Thinking of Future Paintings


While I am working on my Dates in a Life: Kidney Donation Anniversary painting in celebration of December 17 a year ago, I’m thinking of the next paintings to make this winter. Here’s a screenshot of some photos I took of the fabric which gives me an idea of one to come.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

New Work in Progress


I’m working on a new painting after not doing any artwork for well over a month. I’ve been trying to walk and be outside as much as possible while the weather is good. I fear it’s going to feel like a very long winter because of Covid and that I better enjoy the fall and almost springlike New England weather while I can.

Dates in a Life: Kidney Donation Anniversary will document my time after donating my kidney. My last (and second) painting about my donation ended on February 23, 2020. This one will start there and go through at least my anniversary date of December 17th. Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Project 2020

An update about my walking painting through October. My Dates in a Life Project 2020 is a year-long painting project documenting the number of steps I walked, and the number of flights of stairs I climbed, each day. 

Walking is great exercise as well as a stress reducer for me. I'm trying to keep my steps over 10,000, but with less sunlight, work being busier, and doing fall and winter house and yard prep, it's been a challenge to walk as much as I did in the spring and summer. (All of the red shapes signify walking 10,000 steps.)

One set of marks still not reflected on this painting yet is bike riding. I bought a pandemic bike at the end of May, which I have ridden some but not a lot. I'm still trying to decide how to best make marks reflecting the number of miles I ride, in addition the number of steps I walk.

This painting is mixed media on stiffened fabric. I keep track of my steps and flights of stairs using the Pedometer app in my iPhone.