Where on earth has the spring gone? The kids just finished school last week (yes, we get out late here) and we're trying to get my son all supplied up to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree in a few weeks. My goal to update this blog more regularly is languishing, but since we had a flurry of house activity I'll be able to share some pretty close to finished spaces, finally. It's only been two years since the kitchen & living area were remodeled and about a year for the basement. And it took us about that long to agree on a replacement for our 19 year old Crate and Barrel couch. But more later......
May brought my brother and his family into our area, along with their three dogs. We had two corgis and a shepherd with us for about a week and now my daughter has her heart set on aquiring a corgi -- not sure how enthusiastic the guinea pig will be to adding a dog.
This past spring I continued taking acrylic painting and watercolor classes at the Art League. I've posted many in progress photos on Instagram, and many of the paintings from this spring still need a bit of background work before I feel like they're finished. Two of my favorite paintings were of a cow skull and a vase of day lilies.
I also completed, framed and delivered two commissioned pastel paintings. These were both made for a colleague of my husband who retired. This first painting is of Basin Harbour, Vermont where they've been holding an annual conference for years.
And this is a scene from the Isle of Skye in Scotland from a recent staff ride.
I attended the retirement party where these were presented. I now understand why actors don't like to watch their movies with others. It was easy enough to talk about my work at Artomatic among strangers, quite another thing to accept compliments from people I know.