I have been way too busy to jump on the blog-o-sphere lately to read my fellow bloggers writings, and to write anything of my own, until now! My goal has been accomplished and I submitted four paintings this evening to Artpace. The deadline is Tuesday, and I just finished painting and mounting the last one I wanted to complete today (picture below). Thanks to my daughter, she edited the pictures to professional quality photographs and her hard work is much appreciated! I have added the ones I submitted to my art page here on my blog. They may or may not accept any of my art work, but I accomplished what I set out to do so I am pretty happy about it! I want to thank 37 Paddington for motivating me to keep on going with my loopy designs!
The 47th problem of Euclid
(bottom 25"x 25", top left 15"x 15", top right 20"x 20")
I picked up a small watercolor sketch book in the spring and have been drawing out and painting some of the loopy designs during my lunch breaks. So far I have 14 designs in my sketchbook and of those I have implemented five of them onto canvas's. Now I'm working on getting the last two completed paintings onto the stretcher bars that are in different shapes for each design.
I hope to enter three of them into a juried art show, the deadline is October 25th. Let's see how it will go!!!!
As an artist I feel that things have gotten stale. I need to reinvent myself, at least online. I remember in my teens, 20's and 30's I used to look forward to the new fashions of the seasons and think about what I would be adding to my wardrobe, be it the new "in" colors or just a new style. It always made me feel good looking forward to this. Now that I'm in my (late) forties, I realized I haven't done that in quite a few years. It's the same way with my online profile of my art. I want to transition myself to my new art. The one that excites me emotionally when I create it. My loopy abstracts. It's amazing how happy I feel when I draw them out, paint them, and design the rectangle, triangle or square they ware mounted on. It's an emotional, fun and happy journey with this loopy art of mine. Isn't that what it's all about? So for now, my blog art page is empty, and whether my new art is well received or not, I don't give a flying f#*k. I just know that it make me happy, and I will share it with the world.
As I sit in my cubicle, pushing papers around and on the computer typing all day, my Hubby is working out of town........ in the most southern tip of Texas of South Padre Island. It's one of my favorite places in Texas. As much as I would have loved to take a few days off and stay with him down there, I just didn't want to spend my days alone while he worked. Also, there was a red tide warning which means the risked of getting sick going into the water. I just can't see myself going to the beach and not get into the water.
Last night my hubby sent me some pictures as he went for a walk. He had a companion following him for a few blocks, even crossing the street with him without getting hit. I asked him if the crab was going towards the water or away from it, he said away from it..... I guess even the crab is fleeing the red tide...
This summer I didn't go anywhere........ Hopefully soon I will get to go on an adventure, somewhere.
During my lunch break today, between running errands, I stopped at a local Italian restaurant for a slice of pizza. Once I got in and ordered at the front, the place was packed with no empty tables in sight. I walked all the way to the back and there was a old man siting at a table with three empty chairs around him. I asked him if he was eating alone, which he proceeded to stumble over his words and finally saying that he was with someone....... uh huh., Ok fine, so I look around and low and behold in the corner, on the other side of the soda fountain machine, an empty chair and tiny table..... so I as I walked by behind him to sit down as he fidgeted like a nervous little puppy. I have a feeling he was scared of me. I wonder if we have become so anti social that we fear EVERYONE that we personally don't know. Some of the most interesting people that I have met in my life were complete strangers that I have shared a table with. I understand that some people prefer to eat alone, I get it... but his reaction and response wasn't like " I want to be alone", it was more like a nervous, scared, child. To me it felt like he thought I was going to commit some kind of crime against him. Anyway, his back was facing me as we both ate our food, and each went on our separate ways. On the flip side I did get some drawing time in so that was good.
I finally finished watching Harley and the Davidsons on Sunday, (I recorded the mini-series, it was really good!) and there was a small portion of the new show called Sacred Steel on the recording before it cut off. It looked interesting so I decided to search it on the Discovery Channels website, and they actually had the entire episode to watch online. Yay for me! It was their first episode and I am enamored with it. I am so glad I have a new show to watch!
September rolled in and is going by pretty quick. I can only tell that the season is changing inTexas when I wake up in the morning and can't breathe through one side my nose, otherwise its still in the high 90's and feels like summer.
My day job has been pretty slow lately and staring at the computer, reading all day make my brain feel groggy by the time I leave. Last night I came home, jumped in the pool and stayed there for a long time, just floating around. It felt good for my brain to be outside of the cubicle and away from the computer.
My daughter is in her 5th year of architecture and currently in the residency program. When I talk with her about her day, it amazes me how creative her job is even as an intern. I am so glad that she decided on a creative career where her mind will be constantly challenged in so many creative ways.
Once her residency ends in December, she goes back to school to finish her spring semester to graduate. I don't know where her career will take her but I look forward to seeing her soar!
On another note, I was working on a fused glass window panel in the month of August. Since I don't have my big kiln hooked up yet, what should have taken me a couple of days took every weekend of
August, but I finished it, and the recipient loved it and and asked for two more just like it. I said no. Maybe later when the big kiln is hooked up..... Here is the final project: Ok, so I have to figure out how to upload a picture from my iPad photo album onto the blog.......
So I wasn't able to get the picture uploaded from my Ipad, but I had to figure something out, right?
This week I decided to join the gym. I am starting out slow. When I mean slow, I mean slooooow. Being a dormant coach potato for the last decade or so I have become very weak. Tuesday I started on the elliptical for 10 minutes, manual, level easy... my legs were on FIRE by minute two! I pushed through and moved on to working out my legs. I had to adjust the weights on the machines to very low weight (Remember, I live in Texas and walk NO where, I drive).
Tonight, I set the elliptical for 12 minute, manual, level easy..... I wanted to quit by minute eight. I was sweating and had a heart rate of 167, you would think I was running a marathon, but I made it to 12 minutes. I had to stand there for about 5 more minutes to make sure I wasn't going to pass out when I got off. So I decided it would be work-out-arms day... I couldn't even put any weight on ANY of the machines... I took the pegs out of all the machines I went on, and was straining to lift, push, or pull the bars themselves, I don't think I completed a set on any of them. Well, at least I started. Maybe I wont feel so weak in the near future if I keep it up. It's just sad when you can't even lift 15 pounds with two hands.....
It feels like it's going to be a long road ahead of me