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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a beautiful day.  There are so many things to be thankful for, that I don't know where to start.  Our Texas family will be here at our house.  We will have steaks and fish with all the traditional desserts for Thanksgiving.

This is across the lake with a bit of frost this morning.  Just gorgeous.

I'm not a fan of eating birds in general.  I think Roger has a great idea.  Cook it in red chile from New Mexico.  Everything's better with New Mexico Chile on it.

We should be thankful for our service men and women first of all.  Hope they and all the first responders are safe out there today and everyday.  Thank you to our freedom keepers!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

If you put Thanksgiving in the search box, upper left you can see our past traditional and not so traditional Thanksgiving days.  In South America we celebrated with Canadians, too.  Lovely to have two special days of thanks.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sketches for 520

A few of the Bastrop sketchers were going to meet at the Crossing again.  I questioned them, "You remember that is the day before Thanksgiving, right?"  No problem was the answer.  They didn't show.  Hope they are OK, it was just Joan and Pomona.

It was pretty cool with a brisk breeze.  I sat in the car and sketched for Scavenger Hunt 520.

Number 3, interior of car - the latte was from the Tough Cookie Bakery where we had lunch last outing.  Very good.

Then I sat in the sun at a public cement bench at the end of the parking lot with a beautiful view of the bridge and river.  I had not noticed how nice it was before.  A good spot for a painting someday.  : )

This was about 15 minutes and with the Micron 01, not very dark on the lines.

It was good to be out.  I really don't like the "breeze" which I call wind.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Scavenger Hunt 520 Sketches and Rehab

Rehab, something we never think we will have to do, right?   The back of my knee has been bothering me for months.  I haven't been exercising much .. sort of thinking that would help.  It didn't, so I broke down, went to the doctor and he advised me to go to physical therapy for the pain and repair.

The first session was to check it out.  Next session was a real workout for the hamstring which the therapist thinks is the problem.  Wow, my calves were so sore!  

The third session, Kyle, the therapist asked, "How's the knee?"  

"I'm not sure," I said, "My sore calves hurt so much I forgot about the knee!  Is that your cure?"

Today is my fifth session, not looking forward to it.  Most of the exercises I can do on my own here at home .... just do it.

"What has this got to do with art," you say.  I was thinking that I have been in rehab for my painting for a couple of years (or more).  I have only painted when I have to or when I finally feel so guilty about all my art supplies sitting there.  I have tried all the therapy I can think of, like:

  • Taking a workshop
  • Traveling
  • Trying a new medium
  • Forgetting about art for a time
  • Visiting museums
  • Going in the studio and playing 
  • Going in the studio every day
  • Painting with a group
  • Making deadlines (entering a show or something like that)
  • Teaching
  • Sharing
  • Etc......

I do sketch almost every day.  Many days I don't put much effort into it, just like my physical therapy.  But by doing this "homework", perhaps, just perhaps, the excitement, mojo, heart or whatever gets me going in painting will come back.  

Maybe my art therapy is more like seeing a psychologist and I will never be cured.  What do you think?

Oh, I know ..... just do it!

So here is my rehab for today for Scavenger Hunt 520, sketched in the big book with a Prismacolor 01 and a Prismacolor chisel.


Number 1, something that pops when it works
Number 2, something that pops when it breaks - florescent light bulb.

Off to physical therapy.........

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ending up Hunt 519 Sketches

Wow, nine days goes by so fast now.  These sketches are for Scavenger Hunt 519 which ends today and 520 starts up.

Number 10, art tool - Invisible Care (gloves) for keeping hands safe from paint, pastels
Number 11, three of something - old "fired" cups, upside down on porch to keep out rain water

I sketched out on the porch in the big book with a Micron 05 while the Honeybees were here cleaning our house.  I am so fortunate to have the house cleaned.  We always laugh because Gene and I both create clutter.  So when the cleaners come we have to scoot around and pick up "stuff" so they can clean without having to clean around things.  So the house smells great and the day was super gorgeous, up to about 72 today with sunshine. 

I wasn't sure about the day as the sunrise was very red/pink.  My mom always quoted the old sailor thing,
Red skies at night, sailors' delight.
Red skies in the morning, sailors' warning.
Maybe it doesn't work if you aren't sailors.  Hmmm.

The start of our day, skies were pretty red.  It was a lovely, lovely day.

Thanksgiving on the horizon, too.  So many, many things to be thankful for.  Honeybees are one, both kinds. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mish Mash of Sketches and 12 Digits

Six items was a good number of items for a sketch for Hunt 519.

The sketch is in the big coffee table book, a whole page.  I was regretting that when I started coloring with colored pencils.  I did a halfway job and it still took forever!  I could have painted it 4 times in pastel.  Of course I can't put pastel in the big book and I'm still not 1/3 of the way through it.  Sigh....

#5, pair -salt and pepper, a new set with batteries.
#6, from the kitchen - pepper from stove
#7, crunchy - pretzels, I started with 6
#8, sour - lime
#9, sweet - candies (Werther's and cinnamon taffy)
#10, bottle - stayed with the theme of balsamic vinegar as other sketchers were using their different bottles.

Gene wanted to know how many pretzels were there, since I couldn't count the blueberries that day.  Well, I found another time I didn't count. 

I was going to draw my hand and Gene's hand for a card, so I was looking at this to see if I could use it by just erasing one hand and putting Gene's hand in.  Save time, right.  I did so and printed it out.  I left the hand on the right of mine.  Well, Gene said the fingers looked funny so I looked again.  Ack!  Five fingers and a thumb. 

I had already erased and put in Gene's hand of course on the left.  Well, now that I was posting this to laugh about that mistake I see that I have the same on the left hand. (This is the original, not the change with Gene's hand)  Twelve digits on my hands!!   Good thing I didn't like the printing.  I finally just did them over again with pen and ink.  No printing involved.

Will I never learn?  I evidently didn't post it in my blog, but did put it on the Scavenger Hunt .... I think.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill