I woke up this morning with a list of "To Do's" that I wrote last night before falling asleep. I'm not sure why I'm always so much more ambitious the night before than I am the morning after. I really shouldn't write lists before falling asleep. I did get a lot done from my list, though, and I'm quite proud of myself. Who cares, if I didn't mop the floors or make anything to eat? I redesigned my website and cleaned up most of the loose ends. I retook photos of some of my work in which the previous photos were, shall we say, "crappy?" I got those uploaded and I posted my two newest paintings for sale on my Available Works page. Plus, I varnished Selena. The painting, not the girl.
I love my new cover page featuring my latest painting "Why Look Far Away for What is Close at Hand." I blogged about it here. It's just so . . . juicy. It's paint. Like real paint. It reminds me of a quote by Gabriel Boray, "Let the oil paint speak for itself and it's a god, force it to say something and you may find all it can do is lie." How profound is that?
I "met" Gabriel online several years ago. I think I ran across him on Google+, but I couldn't swear to it. I bought his e-book, Secrets of a Modern Painter, and felt so free after reading it. Free to paint. Free to let paint be paint. But, I have this problem, in that I love chunky paint and smooth paint. Right now, though, as I feel my own style starting to emerge, a style that actually feels like it's coming from inside me as opposed to from the outside, with all the should'ves, would'ves, could'ves, and supposed-tos, I'm leaning towards chunky. Actually, smooth and chunky, because that's the way I am. That's the way my life is, smooth and chunky. Like peanut butter, eh? I just like some texture every now and then.
Along with the new cover page, I redesigned my portfolio. I wasn't happy with having all of the images of my paintings smashed up against each other with no space in between. Now, they have room to breath and you can click on them for a larger view and more information. Before, I would've had to make a new page for each image to link to, to provide the details on each painting. I had only done a couple of them and I thought it was kind of clunky. The new way is much more streamlined. So, I'm happy. I streamlined the navigation bar at the top, too.
Another thing I had on my list for today was to make a blog post. Check. Let me know what you think of the new digs. I'd love to hear from you!