Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8/22/17

Studio View

We are finally here again! The desert is so green I hardly recognize it! And it smells wonderful. It is a different kind of smell. I have been told I am smelling the creosote trees.

On Monday the window cleaner came and switched the screens for me. Here in Arizona many windows have sunscreens on them which blocks much of the light. The screen in my studio had one of these sunscreens as well as a regular screen. Having both screens made a moire pattern which was impossible to see out of. I was missing all the action! It is a lovely side yard as you can see in the photo above and there is always some activity going on. There are roadrunners on the lookout for lizards to eat, there are hummingbirds and tons of cardinals! Once there was even a falcon in one of the trees.

As you can see this is a much nicer view than back east where all I see is traffic, trucks, and people.

I bought myself a new bike to have out here. So I won't need to bring my old one. I will have plenty of people to take all the things I no longer need or want. My move is beginning to feel more real to me although I still have one more winter to endure.

The pool here has been a delight in the evenings with no other people in it! Most of the people who live  in my complex are snowbirds and so they are not here in summer. It is very quiet and peaceful now. Just lovely.



This cactus is also in my studio view but I couldn't capture it in one photo. It is a lovely and stately old saguaro. I think that was one of the reasons I bought this place! For the saguaro in the yard!

Well, enjoy your week. I know I will!



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8/8/17


We are now in Week 7 of our summer. This is the next to last week for camp. We leave for Arizona in 10 days. I am really looking forward to getting out to my house of course. It has been 6 months.

When we return we will have a lot on our plate. Too much really. Between it being my grandson's senior year, and our preoccupation with getting the house ready to sell for spring and our move in June. Well, I am not looking forward to all of it. Especially the senior year stuff. I don't know what to expect and it is seriously stressing me out. I don't want to have to think about things like SATs and senior essays, etc. I hope that my grandson steps up to the plate for all these things but I am not counting on it. So far he has not.

I am currently taking a class on selling art on Instagram with Amira Rahim. It is a very interesting class and I hope that I can somehow begin to do something as far as the selling of my work. Instagram seems to be where my art is being seen by the most people.

I have had a few requests via Instagram for doing art fairs and shows out in Tucson which I have had to decline since I am not living there yet. I think that is the hardest thing for me now. My life has felt like it has been on hold for too long now and I am beginning to lose steam.

Have a good week. I probably won't blog again until I get out to Arizona. I should have plenty of things to photograph out there since it is summer and monsoon season. Everything is out and about.