Usually it is more comfortable to paint and I find sketching the hard work. I need to just sketch more. Put in that practice time. It always makes a better painting. This one was the opposite. Painting it was driving me batty. Mostly happy with it.
Perfect day to get outside but Charlie is still telling me he doesn’t feel well. We are camping out with toys, art supplies and my work laptop watching the bikes pass while sun pours in.
My sister brought us some groceries and legos and my niece worked for me so we could stay at home and get well. I am well, well, not mentally well this week.
I said I was not going to paint but when Char decided to give himself a nap on the chaise I drew out a seahorse.
David comes home late tomorrow. He has been gone awhile. I am not even sure how long. 10 or 11 days?
I really had a need to create today. Completed two pieces. I feel crusty and hunched over in need of sunlight and fresh air. Tomorrow will be for work. Going to have to take a break from the brushes.
I really want to make an enormous watercolor mermaid. I bought the expensive watercolor paper to do it but can’t get started. I generally have time for small paintings because I want to finish something. When I have worked on larger pieces I always use acrylics. I may start one Sunday. Just dive in. I really love all the possibilities of the seahorses here. Maybe I will start with one of them. They are free and fast and don’t have hands that I can never draw quite right.
Poor Char had a sick day so poor Mom didn’t go to work or get much done. We made a little art together and doodled a little crazy out.
Charlie was a maniac last night and I let him stay awake so I could paint a fast bird. About 1:30 we went to bed and at 4am I was back up and planing to work on business issues. After I made an espresso I was compelled to paint the bird again. So I painted the bird again. I am not sure if it’s better but I thought so at first.
We all worked well and fast at the shop. I drank too much coffee and felt on edge but generally focused. Good work day in a positive direction. Team Guitar Parts.
Charlie and I have been lounging since 7pm. He wouldn’t go on a bike ride. We need a real night of sleep. Soon.
Just because, I am posting a photo of the dinner I made. Shrimp salad. Why not?
I did make art today. Tiny practice bird. I have nothing left for writing though.
It’s so early the sun isn’t up
And you’re gone just like the day before
The alarm didn’t go off four times this morn
Nothing drains me while this world sleeps
Last night on the phone we spoke about getting out
Moving fast, doing it all, putting up, tearing down a wall
I was weary and so were you but we agreed…
It’s just what we do. Insane but true… work it through
Rat Race. Another pointless pursuit.
Call it what you want I’m doing it to unwind with you
We’ll get up in the morning and scurry ’round town
Not even sure if it’s a fail or a gain
Hamster wheel do it all for the frill
Take for granted another day get out there and bale the hay
No time to evaluate or mindless play you’ll be home soon
August, December, March, then June
Monday got me.
I did all I could at work until it was time to pick up Charlie and then I shut it off. When David is gone Charlie needs more Mom. We actually put in a few miles on the trail. I feel like that was my actual big accomplishment for the day. He loves riding his bike on it. I need exercise and sun. Hoping we can get out there weather permitting this week.
Last night I sketched out a mermaid to paint tonight because I knew I would be too tired to make art and possibly slip. Last night I painted it all and kept us both up until after midnight. We were happy then and grumpy this morning. Shortly I am turning off the lights. I want to make a really large mermaid but I think I am going to make some smalls first. Find the mermaid that longs to swim on the big canvas. A watercolor as big as I want the mermaid to be will be an undertaking.
As I was putting her in a sleeve I found a really old drawing of a manatee and started painting it. Bored with it I sketched out a small turtle but didn’t paint it. Then I made my kid a quesadilla and gave in to complete lounging. Lights out time but I am sure not before a small war with a four year old.
I should be working. I always should be working. I shouldn’t always be working. It’s Sunday and I tried not to work all day. It’s possible I will clean out my email in a bit though.
Charlie and I had some outdoor time and a big walk and that hour was what I needed to make my mind right. Getting outside is going to be a priority this week. The laundry is caught up and the dishes done. Floor needs swept. I could look around for more house chores to catalog that need done and I have no plans to take them on.
We played singer/songwriter music all afternoon and did all the things we like to do in our big white house. Char made Cs on a canvas, put together LEGO cop cars that looked like space buggies, ate 25 snacks, blared his tablet with race car games and occasionally warmed his feet on me.
I painted flowers that live in my head and drank coffee and forced myself to not add cream or team with a cookie. The 2 mile walk tired me out. Taking care of my health is what I always say is important but I have done a bad job of it the last few years.
We miss David but he is sick and we’re trying to make smart decisions. He got off the bus today and we were going to drive to TN. We reevaluated. Stay put and not drive back and forth this week. Finish our personal taxes. Get his demo work caught up. Keep working on the business processing and site issues. Char has daycare in Ohio so I can work. Finish another song of our own…pay some bills and make some art…
Try to take care of ourselves.
It’s easier for me to make art on Sunday because I am generally not at the warehouse.
And a photo of Woob just because is is adorable.