The Coffee Fiend Reigns Supreme
That headline is supposed to read "Queen," not "fiend." I don't know what's wrong with the spellcheck. But yes, I have triumphed!! To mangle yet another saying, if Muhammad cannot get to the mountain, she shall bring the mountain to herself. I ordered coffee online, bought a container of whipping cream and an handheld frother to whip it with, located a source of very hot water (a gas station on the corner-- that little red tap on the brew machine) and I'm all set. See pics below.
I have been having so much fun working out my abstractions. I'm still paying attention to composition, values, color, etc, but I find it very liberating to be able to work the whole canvas at once, slowly (sometimes quickly) bringing it to completion as a whole. I sometimes paint my "normal" landscapes this way, but more often I paint top-down or center-of-interest-out. With these abstract pieces I find I can adjust on the fly more easily, so I dive right in with the primary idea. Also, since the representational aspect is subject to interpretation, I don't have to think about anything looking "right," it just has to look right to me. I am absolutely loving them.