Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blinding Light

©2013 R.L. Delight, Blind Light, 6"x8", oil on canvas panel
Oh this week has been a challenge. The main challenge being the weather. Not bad weather but cold sunshine and wind blowing from the East off the mountains. This time of the year the sun is low on the horizon as it approaches the Solstice. I can't find a place to put my easel, indoors or out, that the light doesn't blind me. I literally cannot see the colors on my canvas accurately. The painting above is a case in point. The color of the sea on the horizon is too intense and jumps out. I couldn't tell until I photographed the painting late this afternoon. That is just one of the issues. I will put this one aside and come back to it later to see if I can fix it. This was painted using a plein air study I made in January 2013 as a reference.
The sunshine also means calm seas. The waves are so puny that they hardly make any foam. They stretch out in miles long unbroken lines parallel to the beach. Beautifully different but not what I like to paint. I might have to look into finding some nice rocks to paint while I wait the weather out.
Well, I just deleted a whole rant about bad insurance and enormous hospital bills and assorted billing errors. Amazing how easy it is to stray off topic! I won't bore you all but will say that the U.S. healthcare system is a rather sad testament to one of the many things that ails our beautiful country. Our people deserve better. Other countries lead the way.
The only way I know, the way forward, is to paint. So, I will paint. Good, bad, I will paint. It will all eventually work out one way or another.
I will get there. Dinner time calls. Tomorrow I paint.


Dana said...

Isn't the health care situation awful? My whole life for the last six years has revolved around providing health insurance for Mike. Now we are glad we did, of course, but the bills from the hospital are just huge. Its so scary. I wish Obamacare had gone much further toward single payer insurance. Just keep painting...

R. Delight said...

Hi Dana, I know you have been dealing with this and more for a while now. I remind myself how fortunate I am. It is a scary glimpse at how fragile we all are when it comes to the healthcare system though. I am enraged at our inept and corrupt politicians who so greedily cut programs while on the public dole themselves, including healthcare for them. Take care! -Renee

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