Painting, Pets

Just put a happy little dog in it…

After a long week where my main focus was overcoming the stomach malady reported in my last post, I entered the weekend happily, but with a full schedule. Key was entered in two “element” trails over the weekend and between the drive over (1 hour), trial, and drive back, my afternoons were shot. Thus, between food prep, house cleaning, and…

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Painting

Chicken soup and ginger ale

As I said in my last post, it was a busy and stressful week. As punishment, last night I came down with some unspecified stomach bug. I’m a little nauseous, light-headed, achy, and very cranky. I’ve forced down some chicken soup and taken it very easy today, but I can’t say I’m feeling too much better. I think at least…

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Birding, Painting

Good. Bye. Week.

Some weeks are long for no apparent reason. And then there are weeks like this. To the Beach Last Thursday after work I headed down to the Beach House, intending to stay there for about 10 days. I had a list of items to pack, including the dog and kittens. It all went in the car and off we went.…

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Painting

Chopped

This week was dominated by my mood, which was odious. I was at turns sad, cranky, lonely, swamped, sore, itchy, and generally irritable. For some unknown reason, that resulted in a need to get a slice of three-week-delayed birthday cake. Cake crisis solved, I can’t say my mood improved that much. Sleeping in, birdwatching, and catching up on chores around…

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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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