Thursday, March 5, 2015

Yes I Am A Trekky

Dripping Wet, Graphite IN PROGRESS, Thirty minutes worth

Thirty minutes didn't get me very far with this young swimmer. I was surprised. When I selected the reference, I thought he'd be a breeze, a walk in the park, a knock off with little sass. But the Sun Torch went off before I could lay out the full head.  I got hung up on his eyes, how his hair was plastered to his head, the delicate shading required to give the illusion of reflected light--for his face is illuminated almost entirely by light reflected off the lake.  My thirty were well spent; I can see by his right eye, I'm on track.

And so is my laptop.  It's in Ft. Worth, TX and on its way back home--by  eight PM tomorrow--so Fedex tells me.  I can't wait to get my hands on it; I'll finish my book today and clear the way for a complete diagnostic investigation that everything is where it should be. I know this bit of new means nothing to you, but Vista is really primitive after  Windows 8.1
Is his nose better Helene?
Happy Birthday!

With no touch screen laptop and a dear one moping around the house, I have had my nose in a book, a good one, excellent actually.  A page turner as they say.  All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I read fiction when I'm discontent with how things are at Roth's Roost.  As you may have noticed, I stay away from the paints too--it's too easy to lose your cool with paint when your insides are restless and you're feeling a bit wild.

Then two days ago, things changed. A light I couldn't see went on (dear Richard Bach,  the book does fall open). Two weeks into unemployment, (he hates the word retirement), Ellis launched his own company, Roth Remodeling, Inc., and is getting the news out.  Nap time's over.

For me too.  I can bury my nose in a storybook, but avoiding non-fiction, the stuff of real life, solves nothing.  I offered my architectural space planning and drafting services to the head of the new company.  Active involvement is paramount to 'Live Long and Prosper.'  (Yes, I am a Trekky).

14 comments:

  1. Je kan er wat van Linda mooi hoor lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. U hoorde een hoop Linda vandaag Danielle. Misschien wel te veel? Kunst weerspiegelt het leven en wanneer het tot een minimum beperkt, kan je er iets dwarszit de kunstenaar - vooral wanneer ze een boek in de hand in plaats van een borstel!

      You heard a lot of Linda today Danielle. Maybe too much? Art reflects life and when it's down to a minimum, you can bet something is troubling the artist--especially when they have a book in hand instead of a brush!

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  2. Glad you will have your laptop back....now you can get comfortable. Drawings as usual are brilliant.

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    1. Me too! I'm Skyping you next Monday. It's been a month. I hope you're available at two your time? If not, I hope you're making a delivery. 😀

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    2. Sorry Linda, shall be entertaining visitors on Mon. Would Tues suit you instead?

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  3. Happy for you and Ellis, Linda. Congratulations and I wish you much success in your new venture - as long as you still find plenty of time to paint and sketch!

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    1. It isn't a new venture; it's a twenty five year old venture with a difference: he split from his associate. But thank you. I Am pleased he decided not to retire. --I don't intend to give up painting; I just offered my design services if he needs them.

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  4. Congratulations! Sounds like an exciting venture.

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    1. Thanks. Not particularly exciting, just a little different.

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  5. That sunlamp of yours is a great timer! I've bought one myself 2 months ago, and every time I use it I feel guilty for not sketching and drawing more. :) I am really addicted to watercolor.

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    1. Paint would be too vigorous an activity for sitting in front of the light at the distance prescribed, plus, my drafting studio is dry. I pulled out the colored pencils and water soluble markers, but haven't attempted to use them. They, too, get me moving around too much. It's graphite or charcoal pencils that are appropriately matched to the therapy. I haven't used the charcoal pencils though. I don't want the dust in that room. It has off white carpeting. The art practiced there fits the circumstances. Meanwhile, I love the light; it worked. And I love what drawing everyday has done for my eye. My last light drawing will be tomorrow. Saturday. Sunday, we turn the clocks ahead an hour.

      Saying you are a watercolorist is an understatement in a way. Your work has a very special quality.

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  6. Hot damn!!! You aren't!!! I'm a Trekkie, too :) :)

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    1. I knew I recognized you! I am more Spock than Kirk. Logic is my middle name. TV should show the reruns. They would be a giggle given today's special effects. Beaming down Scotty. Live long and prosper.\/

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