Spring is in the Air 40×30
My dad and I rode our bikes to the Algonac State Park last week. This is the road leading to the Wagon Wheel section of the park. Although it was closed, I did get some photos so it was a worthwhile trip after all.
Currently, I’m working on a downtown scene of Charleston, SC. I was a bit fearful of getting out of my comfort zone, but said a prayer and went for it. I’m glad I did… I’ll post it when it’s complete.
This is one day that I had (still have) a long list of chores to do. This happens all the time. My husband tells me to treat painting like a job and put in 8 hours. I warned him I would have to ignore all the household buzzers and the phone and wave at the dust bunnies as I pass them by (okay, I do that already… I refuse to have my life dictated by dust) and I must say I was successful at it. So much so that I’m going to do it again tomorrow. What about the list? Not sure what to do about the list… The important thing is to stick to my priorities and that is painting! Feed your passions!
Woods XI 6×8 $250
Woods XII 8×6 $250
These are the two little woodsy scenes from my Mackinac Island photos. They’re framed in wide, distressed gold frames.
I had a great day today with my mom. We ran errands and had lunch. I promised myself I wasn’t going to eat pancakes… I ate pancakes. I suspect willpower issues. I’m on the verge of starting Weight Watchers again. It was a success last year. I know what I should and shouldn’t eat. It’s simple. It’s just that tomorrow is for some reason the best day to start. I just bought the special scale that will measure a fraction of a pound… so you feel successful even if you only lost, I don’t know, what 3 ounces? I think that’s like 3 hours of sleep. I did notice that you weigh considerably less in the morning. Morning is good. I have to make sure I get a good 8 hours in tonight… that’s like, what… a pound? Pardon my math…
Windermere Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI
I’m actually posting a painting from last year because I’ve been spending a bit too much painting time playing scrabble on my ipod. There it is right out there for everybody to see. I went to my son’s basketball game last night and the lady who takes the money so you can get in the game was playing scrabble. I swear I had to say “excuse me” 3 times before she looked up! I should be indignant about that but I totally understood. I know a lot of people have a strong opinion about technology and how it’s affecting how we interact with each other and I can’t disagree… yet I can’t stop playing either. I know I can get more points than my opponent. I know it. I just need more uninterrupted time is all. Today will be different. Today I paint… you’ll see.
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Woods V 40×30 $1,800
Here’s an updated photo of the painting I posted last time. I knew it looked dark and dreary but I didn’t know how to fix it. I have a bad habit of giving up on computer issues when I get frustrated (which happens about 10 minutes into a problem). I put Photoshop on my new computer and it helped. At least it’s something I’m vaguely familiar with. Photo quality is so important!
Woods VI 40×30 $1,800
I’m so into these woodsy paths! I started something new and totally different today and hopefully I can make a go of it. It’s imperative for me to be “into” my subject or I just don’t paint well. Sometimes I can concentrate and put myself in the right frame of mind and sometimes it’s a no go. I sure wish I could completely control that. Girl Scout cookies help immensely. If I’m not at my best painting and getting frustrated… I can eat one and it erases the negative feelings I’ve been having about my current piece… I can start fresh with a more positive attitude. OMG. I have issues. But for the record, ice cream works too. Just trying to provide useful tools for you all out there… 🙂
My excuse for not posting for several days is… (drum roll) my computer had been replaced when I returned from South Carolina! It was a surprise and I’m grateful but it’s also the reason I’ve been putting off posting. Now I’m up and running. I know you all hadn’t expected an excuse this worthy but there it is. If anybody needs a list of excuses you can contact me… I have a huge one and it’s good. Very, very good. I thought about writing a book of excuses for people to use in their daily lives but couldn’t figure out a beginning paragraph so for the time I’m still a painter. Things could change…
I was so inspired after viewing all of the fantastic paintings in Charleston, I just had to paint BIG! You get so much bang for your buck in terms of the pieces’ presence in a room. Although I need to be concentrating on paintings for a show at the museum on Mackinac Island (which celebrates the 125th birthday of the Grand Hotel), but I have these woodsy themes in my system and I’m trying to purge them before I move on to another subject. I started another woodsy theme… let’s think what shall I name it…hmmm oh ya, probably Woods VI. I know, I know, original. Jeez, I can’t do everything.