I’ve lost track of how long I’ve been working on the Vision in Purple aka the Lady in Purple painting. At least three months, I think. At any rate, she’s gone through many changes, causing some despair on my part, as I’ve gotten stuck on multiple occasions. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many layers of paint and how many various Golden acrylic pastes, gels and grits are included in this painting.

There were several times when I was tempted to apply the screwdriver to remove the staples and toss the canvas into the garbage (saving the stretcher bars for reuse). Of course all of this is just part of the process—sometimes frustrating and painful not to mention laborious. Other times, paintings just seem to materialize with little fuss. And I’m never sure when I start out which it will be.

Here she is:

Vision in Purple, Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 30"

Vision in Purple, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 30″

I have her hanging next to the paintings I’m currently working on. And it seems every day I see some little thing that I need to fix. I know she’ll be completely done when Jim photographs her. At that point I don’t dare make any changes as he doesn’t appreciate having to continually re-photograph “finished” work.

Here’s what’s happening on the easel:

Day one, Canyon de Chelley acrylic painting

I just started this one yesterday. All paints mixed with Light Molding Paste and applied with palette knife.


In progress, panoramic acrylic painting

I’ve been working on this one for awhile. If you’re curious you can go back a few blog posts to see the progress.


Lyman Lake reflections acrylic painting

Is it possible that this one is done? I’m trying to figure out what I need to do next. Which might mean that it’s ready to be photographed. I’ll let it molder on the easel for a few days just in case. There are previous posts showing progress on this painting, too.