|Some Guy! TMDD Series graphite 6 x 8"|
Noticing I had the wrong color shadows in the wrong places in the Big Blue Beach Hat along with seeing all the great art on FB and in blogs, I wondered what the hell am I doing? Where am I going with this? I think ambition, competitiveness and self doubts were rearing their ugly heads. So I gave myself a spa day--no massage, no steam, no whirlpool, just a shampoo, pedi and mani, if you can call cutting finger and toenails that, and a complete body slathering of moisturizing lotion. In workout garb, I went down to the 'exercise room' and did the triathlon--elliptical trainer, tread mill, bike-- to spike the serotonins. As luck would have it, Ellen DeGeneres was interviewing a brilliant nine year old pianist who writes her own symphonies and has played at Carnegie Hall twice in her young life! So what was I doing trying to paint something of merit at my age? I sunk into the couch and escaped into a book.
First, Carol Marine's which countered my spa and exercise attempts at revival; she's so good and so cocksure of herself, plus her drive came from the second most dire of circumstances. Her husband had lost his business and their economics needed bolstering. I have no such immediate threats. I put Carol down and picked up Samuel Adams. Sam cheered me up.
Sam was quite a guy. He didn't get sad when things went poorly; he stubbornly held on to the force that drove him--liberty, freedom, no taxation without representation--and dumped the tea, an import for which the colonist didn't pay taxes, but were charged duty--in the bay. I liked Sam's thinking. I like his drive. I liked his integrity and morality, his courage and persistence. His pursuits made mine crap. His story got me off the couch. --As for the nine year old prodigy, she had great hands--long with lean fingers; the kind you'd like to draw. The kid was built to play the piano. She's a raw talent. The rest of us were born to labor.
On my palette today: Viridian, Transparent Red Oxide, Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre and white. Erin's bathing suit.