First impressions are the best. This 8 x 10" acrylic is my first impression of the bog off the little meadow behind my house.
With this little painting of a bog , I gave up obsessing over the bog of my blog. My savvy computer son said my loss of images was my fault. A very trusting me bought a custom domain from Blogger and then let it expire. I suppose the expiration and my resolve back to the Blogspot domain broke the image reference? The break happened on page two, on April 13th, 2011. (I wonder if that was a Friday)? Though I have no recollection of any charge card inquiry emails from Blogger who previously automatically charged the yearly fee to my account, the good news is: all images previous to that date are intact and I have restored my profile photo simply by removing the previous one in the profile folder and downloading the photo again. Nothin' to it.
ON WITH THE SHOW: Over the weekend I visited all the fine art supply stores around the city and failed to find a mahlstick, which I desperately need to get intimate with my portraits. I concluded Sunday I would have to construct my own. Yesterday, I discovered the perfect stand-in in the garage: a snow removal/ice scrapper. I removed the brush, washed the stick and fittings and tried it out. It is going to work just fine held firmly against a solid board on the easel behind the portrait. I had been using a long stretched canvas to expand the upright work space. To use the scraper as a mahlstick, I needed a solid backboard. I just happen to have some Masonite lying around , which slid into place nicely. The bulldog that I am, I will not quit looking for the real thing , of course.