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Monday, February 22, 2010

"That's What I Like About You" ~ Contemporary Figurative Painting by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

"That's What I Like About You"
12" x 12" Acrylic on canvas with some newsprint collage

This is another of the works I painted at Dena's Ranch at the Robert Burridge workshop and see previous posts for more details. Now Bob did advise us on titles and said call it something that would help identify the painting, example "The Red Landscape". I will never be able to locate this one with a title like this but it seemed appropriate at the time. Titles are never easy but this seemed to fit in with my couples series of friends and lovers. I was experimenting with some print backgrounds and I like the subtle print collage element.

I don't like to dwell on physical limitations, aches, pains, certainly not anything to do with aging, but last week, Monday, February 15, I had cataract surgery on my right eye and I have not been a patient with patience. No pain just annoyed as heck that I can't see well and after crying at the post op visit the following day, my doctor explained the cornea has been cut, it's swollen, be patient so I will until the next surgery in March for the left. Then after both eyes have healed I'll be fitted for new glasses and I'll have no need for patience. One of the problems as I see it is you have a new lens in the eye with the old prescription glasses and nothing is working. I went to the dollar store yesterday and got a pair of high magnification reading glasses and I can see my computer screen and read a little better. Didn't Betty Davis say, "Getting old is not for sissies." (I chose to go with the single lens and use glasses for astigmatism as I didn't want to deal with a possible double adjustment - for those who may have a question after having this done.)

YouTube and Myrna
For some time now I've been wanting to put a short video on YouTube with a painting demo of my own and one for Canvas by Canvas, the collaborative art group I belong to. My friend, Myra, has a fantastic demo with her new mini camcorder and now I've purchased a similar one (because of her). It's still in the box and I will read the directions when I can READ again. I'll be sure and post the results. I've seen so many eye charts this past week, I think I know what the next background for a collage figurative painting might be and that might make a good YouTube debut.

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Cheryl Houston said...

Hang in there Nancy!

I love this series!!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks for the encouragement Cheryl and glad you like the series.

Me said...

I really like this painting and especially love the way the newspaper collage works on canvas.

My sister had exactly the same operation a week before you with the same decisions and frustrations but she's back to work now and said it is getting better. She said the worst thing was not being able to lean her head forward so, for example, she had to figure out how to sit down while she was loading the dishwasher.

Do you listen to audio books? Someone gave me a trial subscription as birthday gift last year and I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but actually loved it. "No! I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub" by Virginia Ironside is a great listen. It's a fictional diary of a London woman celebrating her 60th year-- funny and upbeat and very real and focusing on the positive side of being older but without any false sentimentality.

And, of course, there are all kinds of wonderful free podcasts.

Nancy Standlee said...

Hello, Me. You've given a lot of good information here. I have friends that wouldn't make a trip without their audio books but I haven't explored many audio books except years ago got a lot of tapes of Texas Bound stories. Stories about Texas or written by authors that were somehow bound to Texas and each year have a program where selected stories would be read. All week it's been no lifting over 30 lbs. and no bending at the waist and drops 4X a day but things are looking up. Thanks for dropping by with encouraging words.

Eva said...

I like the addition of the collage in this painting.Good job as usual
I agree with you about the reluctance to post about our aging aches and pains, but when it is effecting everything you do including blogging it seems an explanation is in order. I'm dreading the day when my cataracts "ripen".I hope that your vision improves quickly.
I've made a few YouTube videos, lots of fun, but I found positioning the tripod tricky and editing program with my camcorder has a steep learning curve.I'm looking forward to seeing yours.

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks, Eva. I want to keep this blog as upbeat as possible so post the "fun" stuff. Wow, I'm impressed that you have some YouTube videos. How do I go about finding them? I've wanted to learn how to do this for a long time and I will need to use a tripod.

Eva said...

Hi Nancy,
Below is the link to one of my videos. It is the only streaming video I've posted. the other two are slide shows and a Christmas one that is a Photoshop screen capture. (I should remove it now). You will noticed I had my tripod sitting on the side. I wanted to have it directly over the painting. I've tried using the rotate tool in my editing program, but was not happy with the results. I have a PC so that may be the reason.I understand the Mac Imovie editing program is really easy to use with better results. I've have a a boom rigged up over my head and I think this will work.
It is tricky to talk while you paint so I've only used music. However some people add the voice afterwords.I hope this little bit of information works for you. Good luck
YouTube ID zartist

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks Eva that was a great job on the video. I'm impressed and do want to try it soon. Loved the persimmon. I haven't eaten one since I was a child.

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Nancy Standlee said...

Cheryl, thanks but I've been away for a week and haven't had time to see what this is about.