Monday, August 17, 2009

A Blank Slate

It seems every Sunday I will think of all the work I will be able to complete in the upcoming week. I was telling Clint the other day, "Right now we have no appointments, commitments or meetings scheduled this week." I was dreaming of doing nothing but concentrating on my art. Funny what happens when we make plans. Once again, yesterday afternoon, this week was to be "a blank slate." By Sunday afternoon the slate was no longer blank. This Monday morning from 8 to 12 noon, we are expecting a technician from Dish Network, we can't get a signal on our TV. (Spent 45 minutes on the phone trying to be "walked through it.") On Wednesday we have another commitment we have to keep. These are very minor irritations compared with some other life events. The best laid plans of mice and men...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday Morning

Arising at 5 AM makes for a long day but it is so enjoyable to experience the stillness. While drinking coffee, I wanted to look up an item in the ASW (Art Supply Warehouse) catalog. For you fellow artists who are not familiar with this art supply company, none compare. I must have spent most of the hour enjoying all 427 pages. I can't imagine there being an art supply that is not in this catalog. It makes for very interesting reading. I especially enjoyed reading about the Lefranc & Bourgeois Company, founded in 1720. This French company provided oil color that was supplied to Chardin, Millet, Monet, Cezanne, Dufy and Picasso. Not many companies have been around nearly 300 years!

My husband Clint and I did our daily walk around 6:30 AM, we enjoyed a very unique sunset. As we were crossing a bridge over a small creek, we were startled but the sudden flight of a large heron that was below us.

After we returned from our walk, I was struck by our roses in bloom and made the photograph.