The end of civilization is a queue

This weekend I spent my first few nights in my new, Keizer home. And so far, I love it. The backyard is lovely and quiet. The inside spaces are interesting and fun. I don’t have a refrigerator (it’s a couple weeks off still) or a washer and dryer (same excuse), but the heating/cooling system is

Scale. Small.

In the last two weeks, a lot has happened. Simultaneously, it’s been pretty quiet. That’s the contradiction of life right now. The Move I haven’t talked about this for about a month. I’m completely out of the Salem house and everything is in storage in the garage down here. The Keizer house is still a

Just try it, you’ll like it

Just so you know, I could probably be easily talked into jumping off that metaphorical cliff with all my friends. As an example, all my Facebook art friends have been posting little demos, Instagram chats, and various other fun looking activities. Of course, having a pesky job, I can’t partake of most of them. So…


Judging from my Facebook feed, I am not the only one having a hard time with the idea that in the current climate, resting is the thing to do. That doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the opportunity, it just means that I find myself at odd times looking around and thinking, “Wait, wasn’t I supposed

Interesting times

Lately, life has felt like that old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” I don’t think I’m alone! Interesting is part of the reason I haven’t updated my blog in a couple of weeks, so I’ll try to plow through and get you all up to date. The Reception! Finally, after months of


I’ve been thinking a lot about chapters. According to the Mirriam Webster dictionary, chapter has at least three definitions, including this one: period of time that is very different from the period of time before it. The problem is that many times, chapters aren’t easy to define. 2019 was absolutely influenced (read dominated) by the

Flirting with the finish line

This weekend is essentially “the end” of the painting push. I will devote next weekend to sealing and preparing the paintings for hanging. So, where did I end up? I’m so glad you asked. I have 11 of my 12 done. I’ve marked them finished and they are signed. I’m not precluding adjustments, but I

The best (and the worst)

Sometimes (most times) I feel like Facebook doesn’t give a very even picture of an actual event. For example, this weekend… Friday, Key and I loaded up in the car to head up to Camano Island, Washington (north of Seattle) to do a nosework (NW3) trial. This is our second trial in the last three

When is enough, Enough?

Two weeks ago when I posted, I was feeling nervous. My show was in just over a month and it felt like there was a ton to do. The promo (provided by Salem Art Association) wasn’t finished and they wanted more paintings than we originally talked about. Salem Reads was coming up as well as