I know I know you must be wondering about the title, yes you read it correct. I have decided to end my 100 days of bird painting project 10 days early. That means the macaw I painted was the last one from this series.
I guess this is first time I have abruptly stopped the decided painting challenge, that being said my sabbatical is over and now full time work has started. It’s hard to dedicate time for art. So I had to discontinue the current challenge 10 days before.
On the other hand, the paintings which I photographed and edited last week are now ready for sell.
As I mentioned before, I found aqua brush pen is quite difficult to handle or may be I am not used to it and it’s just my excuse. I haven’t opened my art box yet. Still using travel kit. Also repurposing the old papers, using back of the paper.
No new painting today. I cut few from 100 days project. The cutting took an hour and then photo shoot for another 2 hours. Husband helped me taking photos and editing too. You can see my today’s Instagram story for more details.
It still need some work then it will be ready for sell!
I have this tiny birds in progress for today. It’s my quarantined painting so I am using my travel kit these days. That being said it’s hard for me to achieve desired results with brush pen. Or may be it’s just my excuse that I am not using my regular art supplies 😉
so another update is our hotel quarantine is over today, and next 7 days we will be home quarantined. It feels so good when you come home after such a hectic journey and staying in hotel for a week with all your luggage. When we reached home, my mother in law cooked a delicious lunch / thali to welcome us. That was a bliss having homemade food after a while.
As I mentioned before, I am almost 10-15 days behind in this 100 days project, and it’s July the world watercolor month going on, I think I could participate in #worldwatercolormonth as well at the same time right!
In case if you’re wondering why haven’t posted anything in last ten days or so. Then here is long post explaining it in detail.
Umm 🤔 where to start with?
Well I was busy with packing suitcases, selling furniture, donating things and cleaning the apartment as we were moving back to India from Denver, Colorado. You know how much food or other stuff we have at home right? Cleaning and emptying everything in apartment takes long time and efforts. Plus sorting things which we could carry in our suitcases (it should not weigh more than 23 kg each) and packing them was a big hassle. so I was bogged down with all these things so couldn’t paint or post anything.
Took this picture from balcony around 5 AM before leaving
We left Denver on 7th July 5:30 AM, called Uber. The lady Uber driver was so inspiring, we saw coding podcast on her car screen and the conversation began. She was Uber driver and learning coding in her free time. She wanted to work for tech giants like amazon or google. My husband shared couple of useful links regarding coding and other learning resources. She said that you guys given me so much information that next couple of months I will keep myself busy with loading new information. Anyways her learning desire for coding was worth appreciating; and inspiring to me.
Reached Denver airport, checked in our 5 luggage suitcases, then the flight was Denver to Newark, almost 3 and half hours. That was a good journey.
We did overnight stay nearby hotel in Newark. Then next day tomorrow early morning we left for airport. We were expecting surprises like they will hesitate for excess luggage while checking in, and we heard that in this 15 hour journey they won’t give us any food and what not. When we reached at airport saw a long queue outside of AirIndia gate. All Indian in that queue, who were stuck in USA for some or other reason. Everyone/families got up early or many reached in NJ a day before like us. Anyways that line took us 2 hours to reach to checking counter. They gave us couple of forms or undertakings to fill in. Did the temperature check and when we were in the queue saw the AirIndia associates were arguing for some extra pounds of luggage like 23 kg was officially allowed if it’s 23.5 they will ask you to take out few things or pay $140 for it. We crossed the fingers that our luggage should be in the limit and it was. Finally done with checking and went ahead for security check that was done smoothly too. Now the wait for flight departure. We were expecting food counter from where we planned to get some food but unfortunately everything was closed except 2-3 shops which were selling canned juice or so.
Finally it’s the time to boarding, they provided PPE suits to each middle seat person. Mine was window seat and my husband’s was middle seat, he got that White full body PPE suit. The journey was 15 hours long and I must say it was the most hectic journey till now. At least that’s what my experience.
I guess the post has became a mile long now, I must stop here and shall continue in Part 2. If you have made it this long then I really appreciate it.
Now, here I started with Toucanet, made some progress on it.
Thank you for reading this, I shall continue the story by tomorrow.
Yay it’s done!
I am kind of enjoying this bird with florals series.
Today we went to Mike’s (my husband’s colleague) place. He invited us over BBQ. He kept the coals on the grill ready in his backyard. It was our first American BBQ experience. We loved outdoor bbq and he was the master of grill.
When he visited our apartment couple of weeks ago, he saw the paintings on wall. He was so much interested in my bird paintings, and asked if he can keep those frames as we might be moving back to India soon. so I gifted him all of the three paintings and he loved it.
I was so happy that my artworks were going to new home, not one or two but three at a time.
Made more progress with little guy. Added flowers.
These days I am not just painting a single bird but over time I realized if I add some background or surrounding to it the it will make more sense than just a bird on a branch.
Here is this little birdie for today. Made this much progress on this little guy. This time using St. Petersburg White Nights colors on 140lb cold press Fluid paper. Attached are work in progress photos.