Pets

Three and thirteen

This weekend Key and I travelled down to Grants Pass to make our 13th attempt at our NW3 title. We headed south on Friday, and by the time we made the 4-hour drive plus a few birding stops, that was our entire day. Saturday morning we headed out to the NW3 trial. For those of you who haven’t memorized all…

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Painting

Alaska Application

I am having a tough time getting my application done. So, I thought maybe putting it online, in a format I normally write in might help. Here goes. Voices of the Wilderness Alaskan A.I.R. Program – 2022 Filled out my name, Checked off which areas I was interested in Listed references Created an artistic resume and portfolio Agreed to donate…

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Painting

Caught up and still dropped it

After I finished yesterday’s post, it occurred to me that there were more than a few art things that I hadn’t mentioned. Yellowstone Dancers After finishing Yellowstone Dancers, I entered it in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. I feel like that is the next “level” I should work on. It was promptly rejected. Based on the quality of what…

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Birding

Catch up is the only kind I play

I’m sure everyone has felt this: the ship is sinking and you have to chuck things overboard to have a chance of surviving. That’s been my life the last few weeks, and blogging is the thing that went over the side. Jan. 30-Feb. 6 I’m not sure how things got out of hand. On my calendar, this week, the only…

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Painting

Risk it all!

Many of you (hopefully) got my newsletter (if not, the sign up is right over the side.) I only put it out once a month, but I enjoy the feeling of professionalism it gives me to say I have a newsletter.┬áIf you got the newsletter, you know that I finished “Yellowstone Dancers”, have the Salem Reads show coming up in…

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Birding, Painting

Tsunami survivor

I have said it before, and I’ll probably say it again: Art is time-consuming. I’ve spent most of the day (and the weekend, for that matter) slogging through the various tasks that have to be done if I want to get into shows or other opportunities. But that doesn’t mean I like it. Particularly irksome is a multi-page application for…

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Painting

It was an accident

With this new COVID variant, I’m back to staying home. Not that I ever left. It’s just that for the first time I feel like I’m getting cabin fever. It didn’t help that this week DUMPED rain. Nearly four inches and that was usually with a brisk wind. Indoor, inside, at home. That was me this week. Obviously, my job…

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Painting

Out with the old…

The last half of December always feels like a march through a marshmallow. I’m going along, trying to get things done, and then something sparkly or sweet comes along. Days off. Fun meals. People you don’t see often. While the time before December 25 (or so) feels like plodding part of the agenda, once the magic date hits, we’re all…

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Goals

2022 Goals

I’ve thought about this post a lot the last few weeks. I wish I had a great introduction or a brand new idea. Or something. But, well, frankly it’s the same old plod that’s important to me. Go to work, come home, play with the animals, paint. With COVID still doing its thing, making huge extravagant promises seems foolish. And…

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Goals

2021 Goals in Review

Area 1: Health and Fitness Fiasco, fubar, snafu, and disaster seem to cover this year in retrospect. Let’s move on. Area 2: Mental Health Find a source for yoga and/or meditation and go to it – no. Remember that alone time is an important part of my mental health. – yes. Do NOT overextend yourself (be on boards, volunteer too…

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