This week I varnished and began framing the two paintings I featured last post: the red-winged blackbird, and the arch at Etretat, France. They are newly posted on my art site: www.paulbauck.com.
I began working on new paintings as well. One is another in my series entitled Les Parisiennes. The other is a still life. This is something I have not worked at. However, I’m taking a class from Liz Wiltzen in July that will be 60% still lifes so I thought I should do a few before then. I’ll post pics of these when they are done.
Part of doing still lifes was finding a light setup that would produce good shadows. I looked at art supply stores and found what I needed for $90. Before plunking down that much I went to our local Home Depot and talked to a fellow in the lighting department. After I explained what I needed to do he took me to a display of work lights for mechanics, plumbers, etc. The result was a very good light that takes anything from 100 to 250 watt halogen bulbs. The 100 watt bulb produces beautiful shadows even with all my other studio lighting on! And…the whole setup (with 3 bulbs) only cost me $25.
Manual labor filled out my week as I continued to reset and add new paving stones to our backyard. I limit myself to five pavers a day to save my back from too much stress. Perhaps I’ll post a picture of our walk when it’s completed.