Friday, September 28, 2012

Coffee with Swami, not the Mona Lisa


This morning I got up about five. After starting the coffee, I went outside for a look at the stars. Venus was in the east over the Bird Park, Jupiter at the top and in the west a nearly full moon had just dipped behind Dwayne's giant arching willow tree of life which fills that once horizon beyond our backyard fence. This behemoth entirely blocks our view of the Sierra, the one we enjoyed when the housing development was new and had no trees of note. In spite of all that, the moon was quite lovely glowing through its branches. I ran in to get my camera but by the time I got back, only moments later, it had slipped further down and it's light too obscure so I didn't bother.You'll have to use your imagination.

Instead, and still before dawn, I worked on my current new painting. This one is of Swami, the Invisible Theatre's  first and most venerable resident. He's a great model, always upbeat and encouraging. As the Mona Lisa was one of the few must-see treasures we obstinately did not see during our five weeks in Paris this summer, I created a Mona Lisa type backdrop for him. At the moment, I'm struggling with the hills over his left shoulder. I will have to paint them out and start over. For the little experience I've had working with oils I miss them. It's pretty hard pushing acrylics around. They are water colors after all and dry in a flash. And, no excuse, but this is only my third time using them. At least I am not suffering the delusion that I have to match the Master.  So on with the day. Have a good one.

4 comments:

Roy said...

I look forward to the final product. The background of the Mona Lisa has always confused me. It looks like the cover of a science fiction paperback, yet I see a Jeep trail in the lower left, and a little bridge on the other side. But it needs only a planet with rings, or twin moons to complete the effect.

asha said...

Exactly. And that yellowish sky! What was he thinking?

Kimberlee said...

Swami is most definitely an enthusiastic muse. Can't wait to see the artistic outsome.

asha said...

Swami always cheers me up, no matter what. :)