I'm happy to say that my next project is well under way and so far I'm pleased with it: after the second session the two canvasses are at the point of "a good beginning" and at this stage I tend to separate them and concentrate on one at a time - so the one to the left has the third session down but, of course, needs much more work. But I think that it has enough going for it that it should work quite well.
I was very nervous about having to change my way of working from having the canvas on the floor to using an easel as well as the wall ------------------- but it seems to work OK and may actually be an improvement! Who would have thought - sometimes we just need a kick in the But to change our habits to something better, instead of just continuing in the same way - and it will hopefully decrease the stress on my back. In that regard I am actually quite delighted: a few days ago I had a lumbar epidural steroid injection to hopefully help with the pain in mainly my left leg on any activity ----- and it already seems to be much improved: no more shooting pains on each step or on lying on either side at night! It seems a little too good to be true but I'm keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed.
In the middle of Thursday's painting session I ran out of Titanium White and discovered to my surprise, that the new tub I was sure that I had - wasn't there! So yesterday it was off to Granville Island and Opus to stock up and, of course, get a few other things and one way or another spend a small fortune - I do wish that art supplies weren't this expensive! While I was down there I used the opportunity to visit a few other places, including a small studio/gallery with some good work and a very friendly artist (owner) who was in the middle of working on a good size painting. It is so very nice to touch base with other artists.
Afterwards - and two weeks ago there was no way I could have lasted that long - I went to South Granville and checked out several of the galleries there as well as making a few purchases from stores with items on sale - walking up one side of the street and down the other - and actually enjoying it!!! Amazing!!
From there on I went to visit the Jeunesse Gallery in Kits where I have a few paintings on display - just to check in and hear how things were going: not that well unfortunately. As is the case with most galleries to-day, sales are very slow and most are struggling to stay in business, while many have closed already. Which is such a shame - let's just hope that it will improve in the not too distant future!