This new computer stuff is just taking up alot of time that I could be doing other things. I visited the Apple Store yesterday and asked a few questions about the iphoto thing. The wacky salesman, yes he was wacky and all over the place..very upbeat, high energy guy, went to a computer station and tried a few things. He said he really wasn't that informed about specifics with iphoto. I watched in rapt awe as he brought up a photo and per my thoughts, resized it. Amazing.
At the time of purchase our sales person asked if we wanted to add lessons. I didn't think it would be something I'd have time for so we opted out. Of course, Son #2 has it all down already. Kids! Now I'm thinking maybe lessons would have been a good idea. But when? I've got enough on my plate as it is, but then, if I knew what I was doing all this wouldn't take all the time I do have.
It's a dilemma.
I came home and tried to copy what the high energy crazy salesman did in the store and I did figure it out. It just took me a while. So maybe that's what it will take, a while.
Later on I visited the watercolor of the hydrangea on my desk and got to work on it. I don't know how I feel about it. Painting from life at the beach is so different from painting in the studio. I think I like the life painting better. I can't be sure what it is about the out-of-studio painting. It could be that I'm outside. It could be that I'm working live and don't have all day so I have to be quick. Maybe it's that working from life leaves out the possibility of going into too much detail. If I work from my photographs I see too much detail and paint too tight. Working in the 'wild' I paint more freely, only adding enough detail to tell the story. We've been down this road before, I know, I know.
Maybe it's good to have different styles of painting? Maybe I should just paint and keep quiet?
If I find that I'm really a plein air painter, winter is going to be a tough time! I can't even think about it from now. Back to the easel!