Sunday, April 23, 2017

4/23/17

Red Flower

The week is over. I missed my trip to the house in Arizona. It was a good thing I didn't go since I am still not completely better. This was a brutal sinus infection. I know quite a few people who have it and everyone is really sick from it. I am not sure if the antibiotics worked or not. Relief has been so slow in coming. I still have to rest every afternoon  but I hope I will get better soon.

My husband had a good time in spite of the fact that he was by himself out there. He got back last night.

My grandson ended up going over to his mothers house for the school vacation week and that worked out rather well for me. I only had myself to take care of and I didn't have to cook or pick up after anyone else. I really needed that in order to get better. I have been physically, emotionally and just totally drained lately.

Unfortunately the pool is closed for the rest of the month for renovations so I will need to get out and walk. I hope the weather cooperates. Although so far it has not. It has been 45 degrees. Every day. Cold and rainy. I even had to dig out my winter coat the other day. Spring in New England is the worst. I hate spring. It looks good on the calendar but in reality it is cold, rainy and raw.

Better days are coming.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

4/16/17


Where do I begin? I suppose I will begin with the onset of my cold last week. I was worried, knowing that I was due to get on a plane the following week but I thought I had plenty of time and that the cold would be gone by the following Saturday. Yesterday.

Wrong. I began to feel a tiny bit better on Wednesday but on Thursday I felt much worse. Time to see the doctor. I was fearful that I had pneumonia again. Not so. That was the good news. The bad news was that I have a sinus infection for which she put me on antibiotics. And then I asked the question.

Can I fly tomorrow? She looked horrified. Her eyes bulged over the mask. I knew I was in trouble. She said you really, really should not fly. This isn't like a cold where you can take an antihistamine and chew gum while you are on the plane......And after my last ear pain on the plane from flying with a cold, I was really scared of what a sinus infection could do. Plus I don't have a doctor out there yet. I really do need to get one. What if I got much worse after the flight there and need to be seen. All in all it really seemed not worth the risk.

I looked it up online and pretty much all the MD web sites agree. Even the pilot web sites agreed. It seems when pilots have a sinus infection they are grounded. Well. OK then.

My husband kept saying, see how you feel tomorrow, but I already knew I couldn't go to Tucson this time. He was beside himself. We are talking about a lot of money as well for the three tickets to AZ during school vacation week. One of the more expensive times to fly. But it still wasn't worth risking my health for the price of a ticket. We were both very distraught. But I finally convinced him that he should go alone. At first he was pretty adamant about not going alone. Hell, if it were me, I would so go alone. But that is the difference between us. I crave alone time. Maybe it has something to do with being an artist and a mother (it seems we are never alone).

He was up all night long hemming and hawing. Neither one of us got a wink of sleep Friday night. In the end, he went. Alone. And you know what? He is OK. He is happy to be out there. He still doesn't like that he is alone out there but HE IS OUT THERE. Having lunch on the porch. Sitting by the pool. Killing spiders (it is getting hot out there after all).

My husband has all the same stresses that I do plus he works full time. He has had the same job, editing math textbooks for, I think, 35 years now. He really needs to retire. In fact that was our grand plan before our grandson came to live with us. But we are getting closer to the end. Sometimes we lose sight of that. In December Ethan will turn 18. Emancipated. And we will no longer be restricted under a court order. That will be a great thing. Being under a court order is akin to wearing an electronic bracelet. And we were doing a good thing! As my friend says, "No good deed goes unpunished". She isn't kidding.

I am hoping that he will at least retire by the end of the year. Or if I can convince him, sooner. He is always so stressed out I am very worried about him. We have to stay healthy so we can move and enjoy some quality of living in our now cut short retirement.

Anyway, that's it. I am resting. Drinking tea. It is warm today and tomorrow it will be as well. Then of course it is back to the 50's again........

Summer cannot come soon enough.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

4/5/17

Purple Flowers
It is beginning to feel a bit spring like here now. Yesterday we had a glorious day long rain and today is typically April. Cool and cloudy. It can't come too soon for me.

I found a new (to me) paper that I like working on much better than my usual hot press watercolor paper. It is a special paper for acrylic paints and it is so sturdy, I just love it. You can find it here:

I used it on the above painting as well as a new technique I learned from Caterina Giglio called decollage. I like it as a background as it is neutral but not a bright white. By the way Caterina has some wonderful you tube videos with all sorts of interesting techniques that she shares freely.  Check them out!

By for now!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

3/30/17


I am taking a lovely little class with Carla Sonheim called Flower Crazy 2. The class is just what I needed right now. Nothing too heavy or stressful, just a fun class to learn some new techniques. Flowers are my go to anyway for the least stressful subject matter.

We learned how to use a new paper (well new to me anyway) called "Swedish Tracing Paper." I had never heard of this before but it is really nice to work on and very serendipitous. You just don't know what the watery mix of paint will do but it is sure to be a lovely surprise when it dries. The center of the above flower is made using this paper.



This one was made with the same paper but I added one of my own hand cut stencils behind them.

Things here are still extremely stressful but taking these classes really helps me keep my s*** together. We are also due for a trip out to Arizona in 2 weeks so that will be a nce thing to look forward to. The desert will be in bloom by then. Always a wonder!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

3/19/17

Winter

Tomorrow is the first day of spring but it doesn't really feel like it at all. It has been very cold and very snowy here. More like January.

I guess that is why I chose to paint a rather colorless piece. Very wintry colors.

Not much else to say. Things here are the same pretty much. Dealing with a lot of family issues at the moment and so not a lot to say about the art. I signed up for another Carla Sonheim class which begins this week. Hopefully that will keep me in good spirits as her classes usually do.

Stay warm


Sunday, March 5, 2017

3/5/17

Rachel Slick
Handmade book by Bobbie Wilson
Handmade Book by Gretchen Bierbaum
Fabric Collage by Janet Windsor
Fabric Collage by Janet Windsor
This is my first post since returning from Tucson as well as my first post in quite some time. We had a lovely trip although it could have been warmer but I am not complaining since it is 14 degrees here this morning in Boston.

As usual we visited our very favorite place, Tohono Chul Park and as usual there was a wonderful art exhibit in their gallery. Handmade books, quilted fabrics, and lovely paintings greeted us. You can see a few of those in the above photos I took.

I loved the handmade books best of all. I just wish there was a way to look inside them but alas, they were under glass as handmade books usually are for protection of course.

We also did a lot of decorating in the house. We bought 3 new pieces of metal collage by Rand Carlson when we visited him in his studio! And what a studio it was! Huge and filled with all manner of artwork both finished and in process.  Metal pieces everywhere as well as old antique lunch boxes, pop corn tins, cookie tins etc. He really does amazing work with old metal tins.

My very dear friend Barbara gave us a lovely piece of her sculpture for a housewarming gift.

We also bought two "nyger socks" for feeding the birds. The nyger seeds attract the loveliest yellow birds. I don't know what they are called but the birds hang all over the "sock" which is an elongated net bag. They pull the tiny seeds out through the holes with their beaks.

We also attended a lovely event sponsored by the Neighborhood Watch committee (of which I am a member). I usually never get to attend any of the book club meetings or the pot lucks since I am never out there when those things are happening. This time I was able to attend and I met some of my new neighbors! What a treat that was for us both.

This February marked the second full year since buying our home in February of 2015 and not being able to live in it.  We are longing to make our move and the waiting gets no easier especially as we age and feel the rush of time going by.

Have a great week everyone!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2/8/17

Not much art making going on at the moment. My grandson has been home sick with the flu for 3 days now. He had the flu shot but I know that it does not always work. Taking him to see his doctor this afternoon. Maybe he needs antibiotics.

We are also still trying to figure out my parents living situation. We know where they will be but we are not sure if they will be together or not. Their needs are so different now. My dad's dementia is worsening rapidly. My mom's mind is sharp as a tack she just has mobility issues. It is so hard to watch my dad's decline. I cry a lot. Especially after I visit. I come home feeling like I have been run over by a truck. Dementia is horrifying.

So it is all ongoing. We are still hoping to go out to Arizona in 10 days for February vacation week. We will play it by ear since so many things are up in the air right now. One day at a time or so they say.

Today is supposed to be rather warm and then tonight we are due for a blizzard. I did just see a robin though......always a nice thing to see.

So that is about all I have for this week. I made this little collage in my sketchbook. My sketchbook is my best friend right now. Just making small little things in it. That makes me feel like I am actually doing something!

Have a good week!