Personal

Redefine success

Sometimes I will meet with friends who have children. I’m always amazed that they can function. I think of all the things I do to show up in life, and then multiply it by two for each friend’s child (possibly the significant human, if they have one, as well.) So, a mom (effort x 1) with two children (effort x…

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Wobble

Today, for the first time in over two years (probably closer to (3.5), I went to a movie (Secrets of Dumbledore, if you are interested (C+ would be my rating).) In a theatre. With other people. And expensive popcorn. I felt a little like I was gambling my life away, but also felt a celebration that, surely, NOW the pandemic…

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Painting, Personal

Concept

For various reasons, I didn’t leave the house much this weekend. I had a variety of plans, but unexpected events tabled all that and I was left to my own devices here. While I did some chores, puzzles, dog walking, etc. I figured painting was a safe way to pass the time. So, I turned to a big sheet of…

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Painting

Seeing people

This weekend I attended the Watercolor Society of Oregon‘s Spring Convention. It’s been two, full years since we got together, and it was nice to see people again. I’m not great at chatting, but even I enjoyed shooting the breeze with a few people. I chose not to attend Friday night due to work and traffic concerns, and Sunday I…

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Painting

Significant

Technical virtuosity alone does not result in significant art. Hours upon hours in front of an easel may not yield any significant art. It isn’t any one thing that makes a painting significant. Significant paintings make you think, wonder, hopeful or depressed. Significant paintings leave you speechless. Significant paintings alter your blood pressure. Significant paintings could be a single line,…

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Painting

Uncooperative

After the canine sucess of last weekend, I would love to report equal sucess with painting. However, factually speaking, that wouldn’t be true. It’s not only life that’s getting in the way; my current project is proving to be most uncooperative. On the subject of life, work continues to be a little over the top. Re-entering life after last weekend…

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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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