Posted by: lmcg1 | February 22, 2012

It’s been a while

It has been some time since the previous post. Busy times. I am enjoying painting with the new group, Artists’ Workshop. We paint every Monday together and it has been great to get to know the people in the group. Everyone does such interesting and different work. I have been working steadily again at painting, plus getting in piano practicing and a couple of mornings at the Field House. I still need to get some more exercise in somehow – I do miss the Monday weights and stretch class, but I will rejoin that mid-April after our spring show and sale. I have tried to squeeze in the odd class, but the odd step class is not the best idea – you need to do that regularly!

A couple of weeks ago, we took an extended weekend out in Vancouver. Although it has been such a mild winter here, it was great to see green grass, rain, and early spring flowers there. Mild and moist was very nice for a few days. This was an early flowering shrub. I am not sure what it is, but it was so nice to see this splashes of pink in the landscape. You can see how lush the bamboo was in this yard.

This taste of spring got me inspired to tackle a painting I had been wanting to do for some time. I wanted something big for the upcoming show, and wanted to do a close-up of a tulip. I had taken photos in the garden last year of my tulips which I planted decades ago. Here it is, almost finished. Just waiting for it to dry a bit before the final touches.

It was gratifying how quickly it went together. I might do a second big one – on a roll. I also have ideas for a few small ones too. It is good to have an assortment. Tomorrow is another painting day.

I think I need to do what Robert Genn wrote about recently, taking a walk. If I could get into the habit of a daily walk, that would be helpful on many levels. So maybe tomorrow morning, I need to hit the road before settling in to paint. Sounds like a plan!


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