I am now the proud and happy and bewildered owner of a new Toshiba laptop with Vista Premium, 64 bit, 9 million changes of files and formats and a multiplicity of confusions to deal with. I like — no, love — having this computer. Jer and I are sitting companionably typing together, instead of one of us pacing and sighing while the other one works frantically. And I accomplished this in spite of (not because of) Visa, who didn’t want us to use our card and Amazon, who thought that billing Beatty and sending the Laptop to Portland was just dandy. But I persevered — which tells you how frustrated we were getting; two bloggers and a Wikipedia editor on one computer just won’t do.
However, I also painted today. And was chatted up by 15 or so people. So the painting, ahem, has excuses. But it’s salvagable, so that’s good. And I sussed out at least 10 more downtown Beatty spots to paint during the next 4 weeks. That’s enough…..
Here’s today’s painting of 3 of the more striking (slightly historic, slightly touristic, buildings on Main Street:
Sourdough Saloon and Affiliate, 12 x 16, oil on board
The Sourdough, good pizza, is the building on the left. It will have a gold sign across the front, but I have to wait for the oils to dry a bit. There are other things to tweak — my greens were at the Red Barn, as was my easel, the rock pile needs a lot of work, but that will be fun, the flags and lampost are inadequate but can be fixed. So at some point, this might be allowed to be part of the oeuvre. The other downtown piece has been turned to the wall, prior to being overpainted.
It’s interesting how much more difficult it is to paint habitations than it is to paint landscapes. The distractions (I love being chatted up but it doesn’t straighten my lines) and the demands of greater precision, along with attempting to get the sense of the place without romancing nor denigrating or giving in to the photographic eye — well, it’s a tall order. And I knew the laptop was waiting for me. Tomorrow it’s back to scenery.