Monday, August 30, 2010

two sketches

Jury Duty, I am convinced, is only fun for people with sketchbooks.

a rooster- unrelated to Jury Duty

Saturday, August 28, 2010

none the richer

I spent a little time this afternoon giving my blog a renovation, and I will post a painting tonight.
Here is your opportunity, you secretive and silent blogger friends out there, comment today and tell me what you think of the new look.

Here, for your viewing enjoyment is a picture of some of my ancestors.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paint scrapings

My painting efforts amounted to this today.
Any encouraging words?
Goals for tomorrow:
Have a wonderful last-day-before-he's-an-official-kindergartener with my son.
Swim 1/3 mile before 6am.
Put more paint on the canvas than I scrape off.

Friday, August 20, 2010

today's sketch in oil

I bet you didn't know I take requests. O.k. I don't. But it is August 20th, which just so happens to be Matt Linder Request Day. So here's celebrating:

8.5" x 8.5"
oil on masonite


An unalterable goal is not one worth making. I swam this morning, but only three laps. Personally I think every lap swam before 6am should count as double.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

wishful thinking

This afternoon I swam farther than I ever have previously (I am relatively new at the sport and went 1/3 of a mile.)
The laundry is folded and put away and I did a small (3"x 3") sketch of what I wish the weather was like right now.
Get Nan to school.
Swim a third of a mile again.
Post another painting.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

goals achieved...

I didn't get to the pool this morning at five, it had to wait until six. But I went. And I didn't get this painted by noon, I took this picture of it at 11 pm. And since I am not asleep yet and I am posting this, I also met my third goal. Feels good.
Goals for tomorrow:
I will swim four laps instead of three at 6 am.
I will fold my laundry (AND PUT IT AWAY).
And I will paint something before 3pm to post before I go to bed.

My backyard this morning around 8am:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


When I get restless creatively, the elements in my life seem to do a little unraveling. I have found that I tend to spread my efforts thin instead of what I know I need to do to get this restlessness to subside. It is time to exercise a little self discipline and lay my efforts thick.
It is hard to judge who may read this, but I am writing for myself, so it doesn't really matter. I have realized through the events of the last 4 days that I am ready for a new set of priorities. I am swimming at five am tomorrow morning, I am painting something tomorrow before lunch, and I am posting it on this blog before I go to bed tomorrow night. Three simple goals...attainable goals.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

new light

I re-wired and hung this chandelier yesterday. Took down the ceiling fan and put this in its place. (A great find from a lady off craigslist- $20!!!!!)