Sunday, July 23, 2017

7/23/17

Tres Fleurs
Well, here we are in Week 5 of camp. That is how we measure our summers. Camp is 8 weeks long and we are now in Week 5.  It means that summer is half over. July has been a mixed bag weather wise. It has been really hot and then the next day the temps plummet. Today we are in the 60's again after being in the upper 80's all week. New England is like that. We have a saying that there are two seasons here. Winter and the 4th of July.

My grandson is heading into his senior year. I am not sure what to expect really. Especially since he  has no plans that I can tell for his post high school days. It is worrisome but there is only so much that we can do. He has to motivate himself. We cannot do it for him. Hopefully once he sees all his friends making their plans he will step up to the plate. I won't lie. It is concerning.

In a few weeks we will head out to Arizona for 17 days. My grandson does not want to come with us and so we are leaving him here where he will take care of the cat as well as himself. We have plenty of places to walk to to get food and takeout so I know he won't starve. I have been walking around all week picking up menus. Chinese, Vietnamese, sushi, pizza, deli, Mexican, Indian, etc. Many more. In fact, that is all we have here. There are no stores to speak of. Just eateries. That is what city life is like these days. Also, Trader Joe's is less than a block away. So he should be fine. I will leave an extra set of keys with my son who has also agreed to check in from time to time. My grandson will be 18 in just a few months and we feel this will be good practice for him when he finally, hopefully fledges.

I am looking forward to going out there, however, the trips back and forth are truly getting old. I will be glad not to have to do too many more of these. They are wearing me out both physically and financially. I am not a big traveler. We have August, December and then we are not sure about February and April. We will be getting the condo here ready to sell and may not be able to get out there. We will have to see.

I am still trying to paint every day. Lately trying my hand at a variety of under painting techniques. I seem to like the reds or rusts under the greens the best. I think that is because they are complimentary colors and the red makes the greens really richer. I am going to go to the art store in Tucson and buy some supplies so I can paint out there. I haven't really done that since I am usually only out there for short periods. But 17 days is too long to be without some paint. I wish I could bring them on the plane but paints are just not allowed.

That is it for today. Have a good week!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

7/16/17

Desert Plant
It has just occurred to me that I have been blogging on this site now since 2008. That is nine years. Lately I have been feeling like I am running out of things to talk about. The art, Tucson, the classes, my grandson etc. I am thinking about taking a break from all the talking. I am still on instagram. I like that venue  because I don't have to talk. I just post the art.

Social media can get somewhat exhausting. Does anyone else feel this way? I know I follow many blogs and some have been active for as long or longer than mine. I also know how disappointed I get when a fellow blogger stops posting. I wouldn't want to disappoint people.

Anyway. Just thinking out loud. I'll see. We are going out to Tucson in August. Maybe I will refresh my blogging ideas out there!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7/12/17


My Starry Night
Today was an exciting day for me. I rode my bike for the first time in 5 years. Yes, that's right. Since August 2012 when I had my back surgery. Actually it was  before that since the reason for the back surgery was that my left leg was not working properly and so I couldn't ride at all.

I finally decided to give it a go and take it slowly. Today I visited one of my old haunts, The Muddy River. It was quite hot and humid but I did manage to give it a few go rounds. It felt so great to be riding again. I have always been an avid bike rider since the early 1970's.  In fact in Florida I didn't even have a car. Just a bike with a basket for kids and groceries.

Now of course the bike is strictly for pleasure! I look forward to going a little further each day and building up slowly. What a pleasure.

Of course I will still swim. That is better for the upper body really.

Still getting in some painting as well. But the outdoors beckons and I must obey! After all summer is short. This is my last summer here in Boston by the way. Next year at this time I will be living in Tucson and roasting with my friends out there! It feels good to say that. Next year at this time.....yes.

Friday, June 30, 2017

July!

Desert Plant
Ah....... summer.

I really and truly am a summer person. I am so happy when I can just go out in shorts and sandals.  Living in Florida all those years really affected me. Living here in the cold weather I have to drag myself out of bed in the mornings. And when I do get going I am so miserably unhappy.  I merely exist waiting for summer.  In summer I pop out of bed anxious to start the day! I am like a different person when I am living in a warm place.

Well next year at this time, god willing,  I will be living in a very warm place and I will love every minute of it.

I have been thinking about re-opening my Etsy shop to try and sell some of the art that is piling up all over the house.

I am really creating a lot of work lately and the piles are just getting deeper. I have to wrap each piece up individually in deli paper since I learned the hard way that acrylic paintings will stick together when they are piled on top of each other. I have lost some lovely pieces that way. One thing I do know about myself is that I create the most artwork when I am at my most miserable. Sad fact but true.

I will post a link here when I figure out how to navigate all the new systems on Etsy. It is quite different than it was back in 2008 which is when I first opened my shop.

Have a great 4th of July long weekend! Talk soon!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

6/22/17

Desert Heat
My friends in Tucson are in the midst of a record breaking heat wave. One of my neighbors there  said that the thermometer on her porch read 120 degrees. That is pretty hot. I thought that this painting looked like that. Maybe I should call it 120 degrees.....

Anyway, school is officially out and my grandson is now a senior in high school. This is not easy for me at my age but we are managing somehow. So we have a little less than one year left here in Boston and then we too can be in 120 degree heat.....lol

He has a summer job again as a camp counselor and that starts on Monday. I am glad about that. I can't imagine what I would do if he weren't working. I know that some of his friends don't have summer jobs. Teens need to work. Period. I do have strong opinions on that!

I have been trying to make art every day.  It is finally getting warmer here. Although the pool has been closed now for a couple of weeks for renovations. I miss my swimming and I am eager to get back to it!

That's all for now. Have a good week!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer is Here!


It is finally summer here. It was way too long in coming. For the last two days it was in the nineties. it felt like Arizona to me and it was wonderful. Meanwhile my grandson hates the heat and kept nagging me to turn on the AC. Wait. What? Close the windows again? The ones that have been closed for the last 9 months! No way. Sorry. Use the fans. I hate AC. Except under extraordinary circumstances. For example when I am in Arizona and it hits above 98 degrees, I will use it. Or in the summer here if it is extremely humid and the air quality in the city is bad, I will use it. But I was not ready to shut myself in just yet.

On Saturday we went down to the south shore to visit my son and his family. They live right near the water. It is literally a 2 minute walk to the ocean from their home.

I sat and stared at the water for what seemed like hours. I really needed it. I have been so overwhelmed lately and the extra long cold weather did not help my state of mind. The ocean soothed my soul.

I have been continuing the art though. No matter what. I have been experimenting with using gold under painting. I have tried using red as I love how some artists use that as well as black. Neither color seems to work for me. But the gold does. So I will continue down this rabbit hole and see where it takes me.

Bye for now!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

6/3/17


Here it is June already but the weather certainly does not feel like it. It has been cool and rainy most of the time and I have only had the windows open a few days if at all. It is depressing to say the least. Especially since it has been in the 90's out in Tucson. I would really enjoy that right about now. I love heat.

I have been working every day at my desk. Trying to stay creative in spite of my mental state. Between the terrible things happening in our government and my own difficult situation, I have to say that without my art I don't know what I would do.

I bought a small Moleskin sketchbook with lovely watercolor pages. The acrylics sink in to the paper and lose all their shininess. Which I like.

So here are a few sketches from there:

The Triplets of Belleville

Have a good week. Try to stay sane. I will too.