Saturday, October 14, 2017


Clouds of Blossoms
I have been working on a new series lately. One where I am layering the background using a palette knife and then adding the flowers and small details with a tiny brush. I enjoy the combination of the two distinct ways of applying the paint. I try to remember all the design elements as well, including large/small, light/dark etc.

One other thing that I am doing is sketching on cheap copy paper instead of a sketchbook. I must have 100's of sketchbooks. And lets face it, not everything in them is all that great. The books are not cheap either. I find them to be rather inhibiting frankly. After I accumulate a huge pile of paper, I go through them and toss the ones that have no future. It is a great way to warm up before painting as well. I still have a ream of copy paper from Staples when it was on sale. So I better use it up!

I had a really great consultation with a professional college counselor this week and it was really helpful. He was kind enough to speak with me at no cost since he knew my situation from the email I sent him.  Essentially, he didn't think my grandson was ready or wanted to go to college. He was right. I needed to hear that. We will be lucky at this point if he graduates from high school. Seriously, what was I thinking?

He suggested a job or Americorps or something called Dynamy. So that is the direction we are taking. He just got a part time job after school at Trader Joe's so perhaps after high school he can work there full time. They pay pretty well and have health insurance.

I am sorry that he won't be going to college right now but I am also relieved that I no longer have to feel the pressure that the school is doling out in massive doses to everyone. Perhaps at some point in the future he will decide to further his education. Right now he is just not ready.

I can look forward to my move now without all the college stress which is a huge relief for me. We just have to figure out where he will live when we leave. Not a small thing but doable.


Maureen said...

Love the Clouds of Blossoms! I'm impressed that you're always making art. Wow! Glad to hear you're feeling more settled with Ethan. Hopefully he'll find his way. But better not to go to college if he's not ready.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Great Art.

I sometimes wonder why the schools here are not more like some of the European schools that don't force academics in High School. Learn the basics then channel students to learning work force skills.

The City of Chicago will now not give a high school diploma to anyone who does not have continuing education in place.

Also, what is up with the Feds not including graduation stats for anyone that does not graduation high school on a college prep diploma? This country is going to the dogs. Oh, that's not true. I think my dogs are smarter than some of the people that serve in Congress AND the White House.
xx, Carol

Diane AZ said...

Wow, what a lovely piece, the palette knife gives it an interesting texture. And how terrific that your grandson is working at Trader Joe's, one of my favorite stores. :)

Laura Chalifoux said...

Love this piece, Roberta, and I'm so glad you're allowing yourself to "play" more by sketching on plain old just opens things up, doesn't it? That's great news about your grandson; what a huge load off your mind and your time! Trader Joe's is a great place to work - I have a friend who has worked in the Acton store for a long time. I'm trying to get myself out of the house more and actually see my friends in person! Maybe I can come over for a visit soonish when your schedule allows. This time I'll try not to total my car! :D I'll send you an email. Meanwhile, hugs! - Laura

Robbie said...

Love your work, but you already know that! HA Have to son never went to college but he has been working for over 17 years as an engineer at Accurate Gauge. Worked his way up in the plant and does majority of CadCam design/setup/etc. He also does all the IT work as well as certification for ISO900. So...starting at the bottom floor, so to speak, you never know what will happen. Stark contrast to my daughter who did complete college and her masters. Funny thing they both make the same $$'...which is a heck of a lot (really heck of a lot!) more than I ever did! So there is hope...hang in there! You just never know!