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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Talking with the animals














In the past 2 months I have been temporarily detailed as Officer in Charge (temp for Postmaster) to the LaCrosse Post Office, which is in the small town of LaCrosse, just north east of where I live in High Springs, Florida. The mail volume is not as crazy as my other post office in Alachua, so when I get to work extra early I have some down time. I noticed on warm days there is a squirrel party that goes on in the morning. So I started bringing nuts to work so they would hang around more. I managed to get some cool pics of them for future paintings. They are beautiful!

I also manage to get some pics of some locals that come by. One dog lives behind the post office and comes by to hang out and the other comes with his owner in the back of a pick-up truck. He is so adorable I asked his owner if I could take the pic of him. He may be my next dog painting!
















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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday at the Co-Op

First I would like to thank a new friend to my blog, 過分 . I am not sure what your name is since you are writing in oriental characters, but I would love to know your name. Your comments are very much appreciated.

I did a lot of painting at the co-op this Sunday. My son-in-law. Scott will be so happy to see the progress on his Italy picture. It is almost done. I need to work on a few more details. Mostly concentrated on the water and the sky, I wanted the water to look like you would want to jump in it and the sky to reflect a beautiful sunset at dusk. I used a lot of medium to get that wet look. Wouldn't it be lovely to be there in Port-O-Fino right now, watching the boats come in and sipping some wine!

Then I worked on my cousin, Denise's pic, I am calling it, Denise's Garden. I promised her 2 years ago that I would give this to her for her 50th birthday. Well she may get it for her 52nd birthday! I actually painted this one before and sold it to a friend, but Denise liked it so much I repainting it for her slightly smaller. I feel it is finished but I may put in a third basket that was in the original painting that I left out of this one. I will decide that Sunday when I work at the co-op. Then when it drys I can finally give it to her! Her birthday is soon, April!!!

I also improved the pic of Central Park, it was too dark and the water wasn't quite where I wanted it to be. I may improve the values in this one also on Sunday.
















I haven't painted at home lately, my son, Stephen, is a dirtbike racer and a college student who called me from the emergency room last Tuesday. He broke his shoulder riding and had to have surgery. He is recovering nicely and back at school. He is young, so they recover quick. Check out his cool website for his team, GSR, at http://www.gsrmx.com/ and his blog, http://gsrmx.blogspot.com/. He was on spring break. He is a great kid but his love of extreme sports is making my husband, Jay an I, old, Ha! Ha! Talk with you soon.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Froze at the show


I need to update you on the show at Tioga. It is always a lovely location and the first night started out really great, I sold a painting. A lovely customer came by and told me she remembered me from last year and wanted the Mount Dora painting. Evidently her parents lived in Mount Dora which is a wonderful area in the middle of Florida. It is surrounded on three sides by lakes and the town is very vintage and quaint. Great restaurants and little interesting shops line the main area of town. The painting made her feel very nostalgic and she had a very touching story. It was very exciting to sell it to her because she loved it so much. The rest of the show was decent with some prints selling but Sat. morning it rained and we froze. I was just so tired of being cold. Sunday was better, the weather was still cold but sunny.


Outdoor shows always take so much out of you physically. The set up and take down are a lot of work. I enjoy the interaction with all the new faces I meet and the fellow artists, and it does get my work out to the public but it can be tough. I wanted to bring Bullwinkle but I knew he would be uncomfortable on the concrete and with the cold and rain. He would have been miserable. I think he would rather be in his favorite spot, my couch!