Thursday, May 7, 2015

Itching To Get Back

Woodland, Early Spring;  oil, 6 x 8,
       

Through my back window, I can see the lakes joining hands. The day is grey and rainy, but tiny splashes of spring liven the scene and repeat the display  on the surface of the water. The earth is coming into color.  The rebirth is lovely.  It moved me to paint it once,  this one. I'd like to paint it again. While a scene full of life, it looks secluded and lonely.  I am itching to get back to the studio, but I'm  still.with a full head and coughing.  Perhaps today is the day to try the water based oils on the deck? 

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  1. This is beautiful, Linda, and definitely well worth doing again. It's a very well-composed scene, and I'm sure the colors change with time of day and seasons - always different. Hope you're feeling well enough to get some painting done today!!!!!
    Kathryn

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    1. This was done in 2012 I would guess; I've come a ways since then, plus it's right outside my window. I think I should have eliminated the tree on the left towards the center, other than that it was surprisingly okay when I checked it out. Thanks, but I didn't make it to the paint. I made it to the kitchen to do some advance prep. We were getting pretty sick of Chinese food--though egg rolls with hot mustard sauce are a favorite under the weather food. Ah the romantic life of the artist!

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  2. Go for it! But only if you are fit enough, painting is exhausting you know!

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    1. I know. The best made plans got changed when I chose to use my strength making minestrone and poached salmon. After KP, I'm back on the couch playing solitaire and watching some dumb movie on the telly. I need an energy surge to roast some peppers on their last leg in the fridge. Ellis used his energy to go to the market. Maybe tomorrow? I really hate missing the beautiful weather we're having, but as long as we're still taking an antibiotic, I think we have to take it easy. How did the Herrtford (?) show go fr you?

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    2. Ah, Hertford.....the ducks and both the boats came home again. Have to wait to see if the beach couple and the little wood sculptures sell. Fingers crossed

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    3. Fingers crossed for you here the pieces are stunning. Crudely elegant. Nice contrast.

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  3. lovely colors and contrasts in this one, got a nice vibe from it. ;)

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    1. When I did the painting, a day's effort, I didn't like it--but then that's my normal reaction first off. Seeing the scene out the window three years later, I immediately visualized the painting and thought I did get it. When I pulled out the painting itself, I was not disappointed. Means we should trash nothing, but, instead, put it away for a time out to clear our head.

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  4. This one is great Linda. It's always very interesting to do another, or lots of studies, of the same place.
    Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Thanks Helen. Slowly the cough is lightening up; we're not getting winded walking from one room to another; we're napping less and accomplishing things around the house. Extra energy for active work at the easel seems still to be missing. Everyday I hope.

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  5. I love the colors in Woodland. I tried to follow all what you said about moving the tree on the left, near center. Hope it is not the one with the beautiful
    curve. I happen to like it. In fact I like the whole painting.
    Glad to know you are gradually getting back to normal. I do think the energy is the last to arrive. Much better to be sick one at a time. Together is a real bummer unless you have a maid!

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    1. I WISH! That's about where we are waiting on our energy. And it is slow coming back. My son, the doctor, calls it "Health Reserve." it, along with metabolism dwindles as we age. I probably knew that, but figured for someone else. :-))

      And the weather is gorgeous! Perfect for plein air. Instead I used my energy to make a batch of soup. I blame all of this on the lady who comes to clean every two weeks. I got it originally from her. Got better. Went to Vegas. Came off a plane full of coughing, sneezing passengers. Got it again in time to give it back to her. We talked on the phone yesterday and her fever is 100.1. She's not coming till she's completely better. we have to get rid of this thing. I am becoming an advocate for surgical masks. I believe, like the Japanese, we should keep our illnesses to ourselves. The masks are available at Amazon. If we must go out sick, we really don't need to spread it around. It's unfriendly.

      No, not the tree with the curve. It's the only one with interest. Left facing. But that's done. Who knows what another spontaneous painting would look like?

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  6. I hope you'll be better soon to paint this scene again, Linda!

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    1. Thanks Judy. Me too. Cabin fever is setting in.

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  7. I too am having a slow recovery! I am left with sinus headaches and I long for the day when I feel good again! This is a great painting...hope you feel better soon (and me too!)!! :)

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    1. I love my sinus rinse by Neil Meds. I get the extra strength and wines my sinuses first thing in the AM and again about three hours before bed. I also use Flonase, two squirts per nostril, after each rinse. It takes care of the headache and washes out all the mucus. To keep the sinuses real clean and avoid sinusitis, add a drop, A DROP, of a mild shampoo. If that doesn't do it, you have to go see a sinus doc for an antibiotic. Hope you feel better soon. Tomorrow, I am celebrating Mothers Day with a glass or two of champagne. Can't wait. Been sick and abstaining too long.

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  8. You did a beautiful painting here, Linda. I love how you painted the water.... the color and reflections are wonderful. I really hope you start to feel better...its been awhile that you're fighting this cold! I take Flonase for my sinus problems...love it! it helps me all the time! Again, Feel better!!!

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