Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Moods!~

Okay, so here's another shot at Ireland.... can't really escape these I guess.  This one is somewhere around Connemara, and I'm entering it at the Bloomington Art Center along with another one I'll maybe post later this week-
I've also wanted to start a new month of daily paintings, so I am now announcing October is "Otters and Others" Month!  Wahoo!  I've been wanting to paint a series of Otters, I have a pile of frogs and toads I want to do, and there are still a lot of goats I haven't painted yet, as well as some bears, and the random Maxie....
SO if you have any photos of otters, I would LOVE to see them!  I'll just be painting these at 6x6 or 8x8 and I'll be posting them at my Daily Paint Works site as well,  because I want to get that bit more active again~

Yay~  another challenge.  Can't let myself sit still TOO long, ya know!

oh, and if you are INTERESTED in this one, it is 16x20 acrylic on canvas, $400 unframed

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Sept 29, 2013

So, I went to a wake and memorial service last night for Tom Dale, "Tom the Tailor" as he was more widely known-  I am still somewhat in that shocked state, where I am trying to make myself understand that this is for real, I won't see him again, I won't have that bear hug again, or that face-splitting grin he gives you when you show up somewhere as if you were the exact person he was hoping to see...
The one beautiful thing (actually, the MANY beautiful things...) was the huge amount of people I haven't see in way too long who fell right back into that sense of family I'd had when I had ridden motorcycle a lot more often with them.  And who were able to understand the giant ragged hole in my heart because it matched theirs~

I painted this toad last night after I got home-  Max had found it a couple weeks ago over at Linda and Joe's house and I have been wanting to paint a series of them-  I like it.

And this morning, Max said to me when he woke up, "I want to die when you die.  I want to be right next to you when you die."  I had told him all about Tom, and dying...

God I love my kid!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday September 21, 2013

Okay, yes, I am fine- I had a fall last Friday (the 13th) down our wooden stairs at 11pm at night, requiring 6 stitches in my chin at the emergency room and a visit to the dentist last saturday morning to get two broken teeth checked out and capped.  The biggest problem has been my jaw, which I think bore the brunt of the fall and caused a bit of discomfort (and a funny lisp) for the beginning of this week...  along with the psychological discomfort of experiencing an accident, something that you can't control that disrupts your life.  Man.  That's the part that I think is the hardest to recover from...

At any rate, I've been fortunate to have people pestering me for their dogs, so here's a few I've managed to paint!
It does always make me feel better...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday, Sept 7!

Wow, trying to figure out the on-line USPS shipping label thing, and not having a heckuva lot of luck...
and I have been painting too, and wrapping and packing dogs!
So here is one of the 20 Min/20 Buckers from Aug 24 of LOLA~
 And a commission from last year that got lost and then found!  It is hard to paint a commission until I get a photo...  so make sure you get me them!
I do like the whiskery bits...