Birding, Painting

Giddy

This was a tough week for me. As I have mentioned, I have been struggling with back pain. Last Friday (9 days ago), I finally made it into the chiropractor, which lessened the acute discomfort, but didn’t solve the problem. Tuesday Ii went back for another appointment and he adjusted my hips. When he did the right side, I thought…

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Painting

Farraginous

Farraginous (adjective): as in confused, messy This word sums up Salem as a whole and today in particular for me. I woke up and took the dog for a walk, then opened my email to an announcement that my painting, “Sip” had received a Juror’s Award in the Making Our Marks Members Exhibit at the International Society of Experimental Artists!…

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Birding, Painting

Hunkered

With the President’s Day holiday, this will be a four-day weekend for me. I hadn’t been down to the beach house for a while, but a weather event was heading our way and it made the decision more difficult. I haven’t been able to do any ice painting for more than five years. As a reminder, this is when an…

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Painting

Years and moments

“I find myself in a dark place in my painting practice. I periodically go through these times when I can’t seem to find my way, painting myself into corner after corner. Nothing is clear…the images that seemed to rise spontaneously only a few weeks ago are now cloaked in the darkness of a moonless night. Fear settles uncomfortably in the…

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Birding, Painting

It was gonna be great…

I had a post all planned out yesterday. I did. I had points and a conclusion and pictures. It was going to be awesome. Then about 3:00 my back started to hurt. By 6:00 I had to give up sitting and go lie down. After a night with very little sleep, I finally did what I should have done in…

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Painting, Personal

Crack-up (myself)

Unable to Friday psychasthenia: A sudden collapse in someone’s mental health or stability of mind After a five-day weekend last week and a mere three-day workweek, I would never have suspected that Friday would be the day that did me in. But Friday morning, by 7:15am, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to cope. Issue 1: I had…

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Painting

Dawn Emerson Workshop – PanPastel

As alluded to in previous posts, I have felt the need to get into trouble. I sort of forgot, I think, that that was 2020’s nickname and 2021 is still in the process of getting over the hangover. Nevertheless, I signed up for Dawn Emerson‘s workshop through the Tubac School of Fine Art. It was a virtual (Zoom) workshop, but…

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Personal

Did I shave my legs for this?

Apologies to Deana Carter for the title, but I couldn’t resist. Warning: This post shows a (real) photo of blood and talks about an accident. As you know, my life is a never-ending parade of glamour and high-society happenings. In keeping with this lifestyle, Friday night I decided to shave my legs. While I was in the shower, I proceeded…

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Painting

Find You Working

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso This felt like a LONG week. In addition to everything that everyone else experienced, there was some sad, personal news from my work place. Wednesday night I turned off everything and doodled this. Friday was the first session in the new Roaring 20’s Mentorship. A few things have…

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Painting

Preparation

With the goals for the year published, this weekend was spent pondering where to go in the next six months of Roaring 20’s. Fortunately, my brain was prevented from overheating by a few mundane tasks. I decided to take a workshop in a couple weeks with Dawn Emerson through Tubac School of Fine Art. Therefore, I had to go to…

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