Spencer’s Grill, Kirkwood Missouri, est. 1947
The good news today was that the aunts are going to be just fine. After only 4 1/2 hours sleep last night, I decided I needed to nap this afternoon if I had any hopes of finishing this painting today. I’m glad I did. Sleeping from 2:00 until 4:00, I rose and resumed work on this in the garage (my Man-Cave!) with a beautiful afternoon Texas sun shining in the open door. The light was exquisite for working on this painting. Once it got dark, the winter temperatures plummeted, and I was forced to lower the door and continue work under house lights (I hate that!). But . . . I did not want to tinker with this another day. So . . . here it is . . . signed and out of my hands!
Tomorrow I plan to take it to the Weiler House Fine Arts Gallery (http://www.weilerhousefineart.com/#home). I already have my next watercolor composition lined up, and I just may get after it tonight–I’m in the mood.
I’m grateful for the companionship I felt from the Voices and Visions video documentaries of Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams. What fabulous poets! What vision! I felt a particular connection to them as they painted the American scene in penetrating words, as I hope to do some day with watercolor. Both men were driven by wanderlust as they traversed the American landscape, both urban and rural. And though I don’t look at the TV while painting, I could certainly see these poets’ images in my mind’s eye as I continually sought to refine my own. I still hear Williams’ voice in my conscience: “No ideas but in things!”
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy this one.