Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Every night for the last 10 years I ask my peeps ‘What’s for Dinner?’ The day of the Siege on the Capitol, it was hard to focus on dinner, but I knew that everyone would still want to participate, so this was my image of how I felt about the treasonous day.
Having socially distanced and masked dinners on the patio with SIL/BIL is such a treat
My studio six years ago
My studio today. Sold a lot of supplies and furniture. A more simple style
This is how I felt following the Siege
Studio close up for another view
We had a lovely weekend of gorgeous weather and I loved drawing and painting outside
Thinks I did and learned while I was safe at home! I got the first dose of the vaccine! So happy!
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Kicking off the new year with this table project. It’s primed and ready to go onto the next phase
The folding leaves are now a beautiful shade of blue
I also started working on a new drawing project on IG #doodleadayjanelsf @spoonflower and @ellolovely. Day 1 - Baking
6-1/2” square is the size I am working with. There are a list of prompts on @ellolovely and after looking at her profile page, she has done these every month. Day 2 - Best Friends. Yep, during the stay at home order, my best friends are FaceTime and Zoom
I think it will be good to push myself out of my comfort zone and do this. I obviously cannot draw a bicycle, so that’s on the list to practice. Day 3 - Bicycle
Day 4 - Flower Bouquet
Day 5 - Candy Palace
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Duncan Phyfe drop leaf table that was my Grandmother Verona’s dining table
It’s pretty thrashed. We don’t use it every day, but it is a great table. Can store with the leaves down. And has an extra leaf to make it larger! My grandmother gave away the chairs before I got the table. Go figure.
I thought the easiest way to begin the prep work was to put it on its side
Using white Gesso, I started painting the legs - 2 coats
Upright with the leaf in, I am preparing the top and sides. Taking the time to let it dry.
This garden bench that I can stoop down on my knees to get the lower portions, and then flip it over to sit on to take the stress of my back
First coat taking shape. The window is open for extra air/ventilation
Empty Talenti gelato jars are excellent for paint. I am anxious to paint. No real plan, so we’ll see how it goes!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope for a better 2021 with a vaccine and a new President and Administration! Onward and upward we go towards truth, empathy and fairness. I hope to see our kids and grands this next year! Hope is the word!
Thursday, December 24, 2020
I am ever so thankful that I can still paint on the walls, and now these cupboard doors. I lightly sanded the doors first so the acrylic paint would stick!
The beginnings. No really plan, and no pencil. I have a garden bench to sit on
Clearly I felt that I was channeling things/houses/people that I miss. I added quilting elements too
I totally embraced that theme with this painting. The hallway is so beautiful and happy! Pure joy!
Close up of the doors!
A pink polka dot vase of funky flowers. Red house with blue flowers is Bainbridge Island, WA, and the beach below
Yes, I have left my heart of SF with my kids and grands. Sailing. Sunshine.
My town. I am so thankful for this journey as it was very rewarding. Paint, rest and repeat
Merry Christmas everyone! I am thankful for you!
Thursday, December 17, 2020
I just finished my 80th book and hope I can read 10 more by the end of the year to make it to 100 Books! This is how I choose by reading all of the reviews, Next is The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Book 8 Moscow Rules
Troubles in Paradise - 3rd in series by Elin Hilderbrand
Book 9 the Defector
Book 10 the Rembrandt Affair
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman
Book 11 Portrait of a Spy
Book 12 The Fallen Angel
Still Life by Louise Penny for NOV BOOK CLUB
Book 13 The English Girl
Book 14 The Heist
Book 15 The English Spy
Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor - family history
Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor and I didn’t want it to end
Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor - also family history
The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss - just fun!
Book 1 Virgin River by Robyn Carr
Book 2 Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr
Book 3 Whispering Rock
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
My life changed over a month ago when my orthopedic doctor told me that I have arthritis in my entire back, but the lower portion was the part that led me to visit him in the first place. I dislike being in pain. It’s hard to get to sleep and stay asleep. I can sleep in a recliner and have zero pain on my back. I had an Epidural last week which didn’t work, so that’s a little discouraging. I am doing my exercises, swimming everyday, being careful, meditation, using a massager, and a salve of CBD/THC which really helps. Meeting with the epidural doctor next week to talk about my back. Trying really hard to clear out my cluttered mind to be open to what he has to say.
This is the book I just finished and it was wonderful. The characters, love, grief, sisters, children and gardening!
It helps to draw and paint in the midst of the unknown. Stay positive is my thing!
I will be spending more time here drawing and painting!
Yep, this is me for the last month
I have started the lower landscape of log cabins, but I can’t finish this in my current state, BUT I am looking at alternative ways to do it without hurting myself in the process.
And then there are the cupboard doors. They need paint, but they need a light sanding first. Back to reading!
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Now I am painting the other side of the hallway. This project has given me so much jOy!
I have challenged myself to not use a pencil to draw out my designs, rather relying on just free hand painting
It’s a little trickier to paint like this, but I really like the imperfections
The pink house
The orange and purple house
My favorite house colors are aqua and bright pink!
I am really liking the look of it
I did make a slight mistake and had to paint over some green squiggly lines with gesso
It’s all coming together
Here and there I am adding some fun patterns to the houses
The orange and purple house got some fun added. Patterns on the flowers!
The hallway so far! I encourage everyone out there in Pandemic land to just make something, to start, to take the leap. This helped my anxiety level so much. We have been safe at home for almost 9 months! And wear a mask in public! Happy painting, drawing, quilting and whatever floats your boat!