End of March wrapup

The first part of the year has been less productive than I had hoped, mainly due to serious family drama (middle son and wife splitting up) which really hasn’t taken that much time since they’re in California and we’re in New England. But there’s been a lot of time in conversation, and a lot of time lost to just pondering.

Possibly as a result of having so many churning emotions that are hard to articulate, I put a lot of emphasis on my art classes. I’m quite pleased with the progress I’ve made there.

Got one shiny new idea and worked on it for March Madness. Will keep poking at it and the teenage vampires story; hopefully one of them will be ready to go for November, if I decide to NaNo it.

I’ve made it about halfway through the Crows draft. I’m working on it for Camp NaNoWriMo this month, with the goal of having a solid though not polished manuscript by the end of the month.

May will be primarily a reading-and-crocheting month, with a scaled back Story-A-Day.

Yeah, the night before this week’s class, I finally remember :p

I still can’t get the car right, and the perspective on the shack is off, too. May need some more work on that before I start the big painting.

another study of sunrise and coffee shack

sunrise and coffee shack

I did another study for the big project, this time focusing on the sunrise. Came up with this, which I’m fairly pleased with:

study for sunrise in big project

study for sunrise in big project

I’m going to play around some with the band of green and mountains behind the guardrail; I think it probably needs to be darker relative to the green in the foreground.

Art class 25 Feb 2016

We missed two weeks of art while we were in California visiting Steven and his family. I guess the break was good for my head because I realized the next step for me is to think on a bigger scale. Gulp. The very idea of a big painting, even if it’s the same sort of subjects I’ve been doing, is intimidating.

So this is the study I did last week for the big painting I want to do next. It’s the coffee shack near my mom’s house, from my last visit in September.

study for planned large format painting (gulp)

study for planned large format painting (gulp)

Art class 4 Feb

This one isn’t quite complete–still a lot of fine detail, especially on the bluejay–but I thought I’d post it anyway.

bluejay in snow

bluejay in snow



art class Jan 22

I’m pretty pleased with how this one turned out.


blue jar

back to art class

I wish I could think of witty titles for my posts. But I can’t, so I’ll just go for concise.

We started art class again last Thursday — the same all-day class we were taking last year. It’s been so long since I did anything other than pencil sketches that getting back into the acrylics was a little odd. On the one hand it was familiar and comforting. On the other hand, it was unfamiliar and I couldn’t remember the colors I wanted or the way to mix and apply them.


Here’s the picture I’m working on. I decided to work from the instructor’s still life setup instead of my own ideas, to give me more of a framework to get back into the flow. It’s far from finished.


painting from class


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