Monday, July 30, 2007
I am sorry I have not been able to get a good photo of this acrylic painting of mine.
Some days I feel like I struggle dragging myself through steep mountains. Today was such a day. As some of you know I struggle regularly with my sleep and I have had such a week now and I did not sleep a wink last night. I felt OK then and even tidied up a basement room, BUT during the day I fell down, had way little muscle strength and felt real ill. Being severly sleep deprived IS horrible so cross your fingers for me for tonight and the nights to come. I will probably sleep tonight because I am that tired.
I was happy that my son drove most of the time today because my eyes were often like Mr Bean's when he need match sticks to keep them open. We spent almost all day getting all kinds of materials. We had a big problem finding the right roof ladder and went from shop to shop in the two nearest towns.
BUT :-)))) As you can see, nearly one half of the roof is now done. All those panels on each end will also be changed.
My son ( 18) had a bunch of friends over tonight so I took a walk to a nabour for a while. walking home the sky was beautiful.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Finally today I managed to find time to paint a bit. It seems like I am in a very monochrome, simplefied expressive, figurative nearly feministic phase. LOL that was quite a few words for what probably looks very simplistic at first glance.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I chose to call this work " Twisted Roads of the Heart" BUT I always prefer my viewer to feel free to see what THEY see and not be limited by the title.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
In th evening I went to the gym, spent 65 min with fairly high incline and speed on the treadmill, 30 min on the rowing machine and 4x12x 95kg in the leg press machine. I'll probably become a bit sore tomorrow.
I guess you can see where I got the inspiration tonight. Definately not my favourite exercise.
After that I went to a collegue to get a washing done. My washer has something wrong with the electronics and I can not get a repairman in before all the materials stacked near it is removed due to it always becoming wet when they start to open up washers.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Both chili and paprika has the same basic shape. These days Red Paprika even comes in elonged shape like Chili pepper.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I have been dreaming about doing extreme makeover on the insides of my house too this year BUT I have not completely lost my senses and will probably end up with extreme decluttering and summer cleaning and only do a bit of painting and similar which does not cost that much and which is easy to do myself.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I have not been feeling well all day - something might be brewing, therefore no painting today either.
I did however drive to the nearest town in the early morning and bought the new roof sheets. I also drooled over new windows, doors and floor parketts.
Fortunately, with the help of good friends I do believe I will be able to restrain myself hehe.
I really hope to be back tomorrow with a proper painting.
Today I started by being very annoyed because we had to wait untill a non specific time to get the chainsaw man to come. I ended up very annoyed because we could not get any contact and without that I could not rent the machine to grind up the branches or split the wood for firewood afterwards - in short everything kind of stopped while all had to wait for this one man and one chain saw which we never knew when would arrive. I was simply an inch from just buying my own saw. I do have both the protective trousers and booth from my younger days. hehe (of course this was just the last drop and triggered the anger - usually it takes lots more.)
Well in the end I had to do something to get rid of this anger filing me up so LOL I spent an hour or so furiously digging up this old potato area in my garden - by hand meaning me and a spade and lots of anger. I even deweeded it. I will use this plot as a temporarily storing place for plants that will have to be moved to survive when the big diggers and containers and builders scaffolding starts arriving.
Friday, as I wrote then we had some help from expert woodworkers from the electricity dep who took down some trees that could have damaged the lines or the house if felled wrongly. Here are two of them. The debranching and cutting and cleaning up we had to do ourselves.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Today my painting time disappeared because of a call from the police. Someone had found the corpse or if you like sceleton of my son's stolen moped. The rest of today went by fetching it and realted things. It was a sad sad sight. My son had really worked on it both layout design and engine. Of course there is the financial loss ( insurance never pays all and only listed value not incresed value.) but worse was that we now know that someone locally did it and that it probably will be a young person both I as a teacher knows well and it might be someone my son has been on friendly terms with. All in all I feel quite unwell thinking about it.
Today we have had the electricity expert lumberjack visiting. You know those men that cut down the very difficult trees that might fall over the lines and similar. The result; I now have felled trees all over my garden. I became totally impressed, I had this huge birch which could have fallen on top of my house and broke the roof. They went away from it and only with a tiny stick he picked up from the ground he said "oh no, it won't hit the hedge, it will come to about here. I swear the top tip landed nearly on the same inch he had indicated and that tree was tall.
Tomorrow will be a day of debranching and cutting them up and I hope to borrow or rent a machine that cuts brances into small sticks which can be used in flowerbeds to avoid weeds. All in all a very noisy day tomorrow.
In the evening and at night tomorrow thee will be lots of music because the BIG Summer Dance is tomorrow close by. LOl I can join without leaving my own house. Earlier they will probably practice a bit so tomorrow will also be lots of music.
The painting I am posting today is one I did last month. I really hope I will get some real oil or acrylic painting done tomorrow but maybe there will not be enough peace before Sunday.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Today I have been really fed up with the rain, It is so annoying when we try to work on the house. Also I now feel I need the warmt and light of the sun to cheer me up. Some of you may have noticed that I paint best when I have been energised a bit by the sun LOL.
No feeling of holidays either when the weather is like this. I do try however to be very grateful that I do not have any problems with flooding as many have.
Tonight for an hour a nabour and I went snail hunting. The Iberiea snail has arrived here in numbers so a little before dark we walk around picking them up - a very delicate job (NOT) but one that has to be done.
Tomorrow the weather forecast is a bit drier and I really hope that it is right. I do need two things to function properly the coming weekend and be positive nad productive and that is sun and sleep which ahs been a serious problem lately. Last night I gave up and spendt a couple of hours sorting through drawers and papers. Today has not been good.
I have so much I want to paint but I simply am not in the mood for outdoor painting in the rain. I hope to be a bit more cheerful tomorrow.
ACEO ATC 07-07-07 Raddishes
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
These days what is most prominent in the news are the rain and flooding and possible landslides. Fortunately that is not a problem where I live, but I must admit the continuing rain is kind of annoying. Today we had to stop the work on the house and if the weather is as wet again tomorrow we will take a break and wait for drier weather.
What I am proud of though is that whenever the rain stops or at least is very weak for a while, then I am out and about walking and watching nature. Today I became kind of mesmerized by the very special greens outside now. Probably due to all this rain and at the same time fairly warm weather. If only the rain will take a bit of a break then I will be out with my easel and paints trying to capture some of it, painting plein air.
Today "Playing in the Seaweeds" left home and is on its way to Florida USA where I am sure it will get a good life. I was a bit unsure about the packing so to be sure, I got my son to cut a panel board as support and I kept putting more bubble wrap on corners etc etc. Hopefully it will arrive safely ( 4-7 days with this A priority mail according to the post office). So do not hesitate because of the distance - I always send quickest mail meaning any painting normally should arrive within the week.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Lately I have been walking in the forest a lot and I can feel it "talking" to my soul. It is now midnight and I recently returned from a walk among trees that turned very mytical as the darkness fell. This painting in ink on shuen paper is one of a series I want to make, trying to capture some of that magic in the forest.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Today has been a calm day. I went to the gym, enjoyed my strawberries with my bran flakes when I returned, I visited some friends and I went murdersnail hunting with a nabour. My son returned home after a trip and that was nice. My daughter had permission to be away today because her boyfriend leaves tomorrow dor a holiday abroad with his family.
I am very happy right now because I just received a pruchase enquiry from Florida for "Playing in the Seaweeds". That one turned out very popular. My daughters flatmate also fell for that one.
This aubergine as well as the other fruits and vegs are part of me practicing chinese brush painting tachniques by using Jane Dwights instructions. This one I really liked because it was a nice "lesson" to really see how many interesting shades one can create by the right loading of the brush.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
ACEO ATC 07-07-02 Yellow Plums
I do not yet get to paint as much as I believed I would this week but sometimes LOL I end up painting something I did not expect to paint. This is a soundbox my son is working on for our car. Inside of this box there are several channels where the air can go. When just putting a tiny pc speaker inside we can hear a tremndous difference. I can not imagine the sound when he puts in huuuuuge bass elements etc. LOL it will really be something for Mum to cruise in hehehe.
Most of this box will be covered with fabric both inside and on the outside.
Well, anyway, the elements have some red parts and he also wants to buy some red lights. th result was that quite a few hours was spent painting shapes somewhat flamelike. I did not want the biker kind of flames, more like organic shapes so that is why I have posted first a painting of red flames and now a painting of blue flames on black. My son obviously wanted to see some demos of how it could look done in acrylics so here are the painting of blue flames and below is the box.
Monday, July 02, 2007
acrylics on canvas board 30x40cm
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Sorry about the parts of the Easel showing. This one was painted as an inspiraiton from my son and our discussion on a project he has been working on. I'll post images of it another day here in the blog.