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Let the edges move

Warning: This is a PG13 post. This weekend I went to the Watercolor Society of Oregon‘s Spring Convention in Florence, Oregon. I was lucky enough that my painting “Should the turkey cross the road?” was selected for inclusion in the show by esteemed juror  Fran Larsen, but I usually try to go the the conventions, …

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Health Steps – Week 14

I need to make this short tonight. I am packing to head out for a few days for work and then the WSO convention. The big challenge this week (and next) will be to keep to my basic simple goals while being “out”. No schedule, no prepared food. Gulp. Tracking (4 of 7 days, especially …

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Explore and return

Today I drove up to Canby to take down my show at the Canby Library. While one painting sold (YES!), the others had to return home. They have not yet found their place in the world. On the way up, I decided to do something I have wanted to do for a long time; I …

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Healthy Steps – Week 13

I lost (a frankly amazing) five pounds this week. While I am thrilled about this, I have to admit to being surprised. While I made some good choices, there were a lot of extremely questionable choices in there. This got me to thinking that a theme that keeps coming up is that weight removal is …

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The laundry won

“I’ve seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write… and you know it’s a funny thing about housecleaning… it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility (or over-respectabilty) to steal her necessary creative rests, …

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Healthy Steps – Week 12

I gained weight this week. In a perverse way, I am relieved. While I didn’t go off the rails like I did last week, I certainly didn’t snap back into shape. But it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and frankly for the last two weeks, I’m still down a little. I’m feeling …

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Behind the art

I didn’t get a chance to do my weekly artistic post on Sunday because by the time I got done with all the things I had to do, I didn’t have time to edit photos and write. With that said, I have no new art to show, though I spent a thoroughly artist weekend. Critique …

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Healthy Steps – Week 11

Folks, I went off the rails this week. A combination of hormones, doctors, work stress, pet drama, and heaven only knows what else just go to me. There was pie. There was Easter Candy. There were multiple pizzas. And the Frappachinos are back. When I got on the scale today, I was braced for the …

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Response to “failure”

With Ruth’s permission, I give you some of her feedback to my failure post on Sunday. Regarding color options “Interesting that the other workshop gave you the Brown Madder/Cobalt Blue colour scheme. I use a BM/Ultramarine mix often in painting (using CB if I want cooler), but also a rose madder/ultramarine or rose madder/manganese blue …

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Failure is the first step

No one will ever accuse me of being a focused painter. Case in point: I was given homework in mid-July 2017 and I’m just now getting around to doing it. When Ruth Buchanan came to give a workshop last summer, she left me with homework. “You told me on the first day that you get …

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