Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

What a Life!

What a life Maximillion lives! Here he is curled up in his favorite chair. He has grown so much. And to think the vet told Steve that he wouldn't get very big! Ha!

One recent Saturday as I was crossing the bridge back home from Louisville I saw many sailboats on the Ohio River. I went home for my camera and snapped several photos. Here are a few of them.

This ladder on the rooftop of a building downtown always makes me wonder if it's for breaking in or for breaking out. I prefer to think of it as an escape.

The two matching buildings are part of the Galt House complex that overlooks the river at the foot of Fourth Avenue. The closer one in the center is on Muhammad Ali (the street, not the champ.) I like the window.

And last but not least, here is Maxi with his favorite toy - a rubber snake.

Today I made several birthday cards to round out my exchange. I can't share them until the end of the year, but I'll try to do something I can share with you soon.

Yesterday I stopped at Aunt Chris's cute little house on my way home from work. I took her some dinner and cleaned her bed and bedroom. I brought her draperies and bedspread home to wash, so I will probably stop there again on Monday to deliver the cleaned spread and hang the clean draperies. Maybe I'll bring more of her draperies home on Monday. My new washer is fantastic!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Changing art scene

Ha! These two paintings looked very different when I showed them to Diana on Sunday. They were almost monotone. Not much tonal variation. They were at the starting point and fairly placid looking. Not so now! All the black is the new part. Imagine these without the pop of the black paint. Boring. Pleasant, but boring. I think they look like a Mars sunset now. How did that happen? It was nowhere in my consciousness or plan. I wanted 'pretty'. This is only an interim stage, and I wish I'd photographed the beginnings. They will change again. Stay tuned. Hopefully the end will be an improvement.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Enough Labor! Heading to Labor Day

What a week! Work was Cra-Z. Met Laurie D and Steve S for lunch on Tuesday - a much-needed dose of camaraderie and goodwill - not to mention artists' companionship. Thursday was an off-site meeting with a client meeting thrust into a priority position. Friday another stressful meeting - same client. Much needed party-time with friends at Laura and Rob's yesterday - cookout, corn-hole (Hoosier name for backyard beanbag game), and then Yahtzee, which I hadn't played in nearly a lifetime. It was fun. It was good to see Jaco and Mariana, and good to spend away-from-work-time with Diane and Mark, Laura and Rob.

Early this afternoon I met Diana - freshly in from Florida - for a walk in the park (literally.) The Canadian geese have taken over the park since I was last there, and dweebs are not cleaning up after their dogs on the walking paths. Yuck. We critiqued each other's art projects, did two laps around the lake and then had salads for late lunch at Applebees. Celeste, my lovely beautician-niece, has just left my house after cutting my hair back short again.

Tomorrow I plan to work on my pair of orangey-hued paintings, incorporating some of Diana's suggestions and letting them simmer in my brain a while longer. I bought Pat Conroy's "South of Broad" the other day and may begin reading it and save the remainder of Barbara Walter's surprisingly good memoir "Audition" for my travel reading this week when I will be in Missouri and Illinois. Will also prepare for my trips, but other than that I'm planning nothing for this day even though there were some really enticing coupons for Michael's art store in today's paper.

Will post photos of the orange paintings whenever they are completed. It may be months. Time flies, but I don't.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Maxi is growing!

I knew it! I knew he wasn't going to stay little. He went to the veterinarian today for the remainder of his shots and he has gained 8 pounds! He may gain up to 10 more, probably will max out at 35. Big tall guy, he is. Long legs.