Off to Wisconsin

I’m road tripping with me, myself and I to the glorious state of Wisconsin to spend the weekend watching an old college friend tie the knot and to see about a church and a bridge. My next commission takes me to La Crosse to get reference sketches so I’m excited to have a few days to myself to focus. Hopefully I can take some photos along the way.

It’s time to Tumblr

Well I bit the bullet and have sold my soul to Apple. I now own more Apple products than I do pairs of shoes. Recently I became an iPhone owner and have fallen into the wannabe amateur photographer category of Instagr.am with it’s default filters and square cropping. These photos that annoyed me at first have now sucked me into their 365 day Polaroid view of the world. And with my short attention span I can’t pull myself away for some reason. More on that later.

April's Lost Stormtrooper - Day 1

In my defense, I held onto my Blackberry as long as I could, but when a phone restarts on you in the middle of a phone call it’s highly annoying. Security updating?? Really?  Restart. Pull the battery. Say a few curse words. Rinse. Repeat. Needless to say it was fun driving over that phone many times as it makes it’s way to a better place.

April's Lost Stormtrooper - Day 2

I also couldn’t go to a Droid. Blah. I had a huge long paragraph of reasons but I just deleted it. Who CARES!?

Which brings us to Tumblr. I’ve had an account for awhile, but I really didn’t know what to do with it. There are times I like posting lengthy blogs and other times I just post or repost something I find funny. Tumblr seems pretty high school to me although I enjoy following silliness. If Twitter is on one end of the spectrum and WordPress is on the other, then Tumblr is somewhere inbetween.  Then of course there is Blogspot, DeviantArt and LiveJournal, seriously, pick a card. I had gotten a WordPress account mostly for my own idiosyncrasies that can get quite lengthy (plus I wanted to learn the admin area and how to manipulate themes) and it slowly turned into a place I could show what I was painting. Overall it works rather nicely.

But now I kinda want to keep the blog clean. So I’ll still post here, but I’m going to keep it as art related as possibly. My Tumblr account has now turned into the “silliness stream” and Instagram photo repost for those of you that don’t have iPhones (snob I know). And as always, Twitter is Twitter. If this is all confusing, it’s alright, trust me, I’m a professional. I really don’t know how people that are getting jobs as “Social Media Coordinators” have any credibility. It makes me laugh when I see job descriptions like that.

Tumblr it up: http://aprilheather.tumblr.com

Don’t take yourself too seriously, you might hurt yourself.

Lugano Train Station Painting Complete

And on the heels of the “Bales” painting, I have finished the “Lugano Train Station” painting as well. Since this is traditional canvas rather than wrapped I will be getting this one framed for the client. Cheers!

Last minute on the easel

Detail of trees and building

Detail of Train

My closet studio. Two paintings complete in one month! Boom!

The final before framing. (Click to enlarge)

Lugano Train Station Painting

A very good friend of mine has been waiting SOOOOO patiently for her painting, 3 years to be exact. And between moving twice and now finally getting back into my art I am finding the time to finish the Lugano Train Station.

Lugano Train Station (Switzerland)

It’s weird to pick up a painting that you started so long ago, I found myself looking at it thinking, what in the world was I doing?? Do over! This is a very special painting for them since my friend and her husband lived in a tiny apartment in Lugano, Switzerland and got to wake up to this amazing vista. Needless to say I’m jealous painting this. Here are the progress photos, I’m about 80% done. Hoping for a September delivery date!

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