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.