Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
I don't know what it is. I start off energized and excited about getting a painting started. I love drawing out the image and composing it on the board.
After I do the ground work of the black base, then I block in my color choices. It's all good... in fact, it's fantastic! I'm on a roll... nothing can stop me!
Then, then there is this horrible stage that almost always emerges. It's the real decision making time. What kind of sky? Day? Night? Sunny? Cloudy? How do I want to develop the rocks (because they will reflect the nature of the sky)?
Half of the problem is that I get so enthralled with all my ideas, that I start too many paintings at one time and overwhelm myself. I know this. But I do it every time.
This time I had eight on the go at once (which is not at all unusual). After my inevitable bout of hair pulling and indecision, I had to put four away (their backs to me so I cannot see them - in fact, they are in another room). I will rediscover them after I finish the first bunch of four.
So after a few days of languishing, anaylzing, shrugging and doubting myself, I somehow emerge from this tunnel of procrastination. Although, it doesn't feel like I'm actually procrastinating because I seem to spend a lot of time thinking... thinking, then thinking some more. I'm not quite sure what good it does, but none-the-less, that's what I do "Dream a Little Dream" 18" x 36"
"Early One Morning" (left)
"Conducting the Symphony of the Sea"
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My smile turned into a private chuckle when I neared these driftwood reptiles propped up on the beach facing me and the passers-by.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Last week my mom and I flew to Alberta to visit my sister and her family. My sister's newest family addition, only a few days old, contracted meningitis - scary surprise for everyone. So not only were my mom and I going to see the new baby, we were going to see them in the hospital and spend a lot of time there as well...
All the soap dispensers are the decorated with the "Soapy Soap" guy - makes you wanna wash your hands often because he's so cute! Then don't forget to use the hand sanitizer before you hold the baby...
I don't think anyone has ever taken a picture of me holding a baby, but here it is! What a sweetie - she's so small, light and CUTE!
The hospital had great places to make families feel comfortable and "at home" as could be.
The girls made some cards and stockings for mom in the hospital's art room and the crafts were displayed in her room. They really miss her!
We hadn't celebrated Christmas together yet, so we had it at the hospital as sis and baby can't leave until the treatment is finished.
My brother-in-law ordered a couple of yummy pizzas for our Christmas in the Family Room. So my sis and baby walked, strolled and rolled (all "connected") down here to be with everyone.
This was also our "pre-game" dinner before we went up to the Hospital Theatre room to watch the Flames game on the big screen...
In case you didn't notice, they are avid Flames fans! In fact, my nephew knew all the trivia question answers during the commercial breaks.
The hospital had prizes for correct answers and he won a little stuffed Moose for all of his sisters... even the baby! What a sweetie!
Great bunch of kids... love 'em tons!
There's a lot of work with a family this size... I'm amazed at how strong and resiliant my sister and her husband are. Wow!
The older brother and sister have been incredible by helping dad to keep the household going while mom is finishing her 21 days in hospital with baby.
Latest news is that the meningitis was caught in time and the baby is doing fantastic. I'm thankful for Alberta Children's Hospital and so blessed to have such a great family! xo