I’m a color fanatic, so this is very difficult for me.  Good for me like exercise, but not easy.  Ah, well, better to stretch and try than to shrivel up and be stuck in a cramped comfort zone.Mullein, Torrit Grey

A Good Marriage-Stonewall

I am getting close to finishing this screen.  I’ve learned a lot and I  like the panels.  The next one is going to be three panels.  The theme, so far, is Winter-Summer.  Each side must relate to the other, but be different enough that you care to see either side.  The book idea is simmering on the back burner.  I alternate between boldly moving forward with big works to shrinking and hiding, very much like the economy.  Boy, this sure isn’t the golden years I imagined!  So maybe like Microsoft, instead of thinking of these times as a negative, I will just obfuscate and call it a feature!A Good MarriageStonewall


Add this to hairbrained GOP solutions for health care.  HAARM.orgUninsured


I can’t maintain a high degree of pissed offedness for long.  It’s just not worth it. Uninsured


I know this looks “cartoony” now.  I was looking at Matisse’s cutouts, and borrowed some of his colors and the idea of layering colors that are very close over each other.  The mask is an image I’ve used often.  I’m quite sure that there will be spattering and interrruptions.  And when it’s all said and done, well, theoretically, we’ll have a painting.Uninsured


Last year we made $12,000 and paid $8,000 in health insurance premiums.  In Dec. we ran out of money and had to cancel the ins. and borrow money from Forrest.  Not a position we ever expected to be in.  Finally things are improving and we went back to BCBSNC.  Even with jacking up the deductible to $5400 and doing a HSA, they won’t insure us.  If competition is the backbone of American finance, what are the health insurance companies scared of?   The GOP and naysayers can blame the unisured as  pariahs on the economy.  So here’s a good GOP solution.  “US establishes death camps for das uninsured.  SC GOP Spokeswoman says” With the price of gold, this is a fiscally responsible plan.”death camps

after Chemo

I suffer from being Scottish, or just an ornery penny pincher.  The RAPGrant gave me plenty of money to do a big project, to really pursue the questions “What if, or what else?”  Now that project is finished, the money spent, and I am at a loss.  I did a very nice painting on canvas, but I ended up channeling Peggy Lee.  Is that all there is?  And “how you goin’ to keep them down on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree?”  My what if’s and else’s seem to be going beyond a flat surface.Best Wishes

Last year Gregg and I began discussing handmade books, and what does the concept “book” mean.   Since thinking, drawing and wondering are mostly free, I’ve been doing that.  After all was said and done the materials for Chemo were not that expensive.  We didn’t end up using the hollow core doors that  we sketched that project around.  However, I am a HUGE fan of painting on those doors.  So Gregg decreed, and I concur, that we will now call them “panels”.   These panels are often available at the Habitat store, so I can also say I’m repurposing old building materials.  Now there’s a buzz word for you.  We bought some books at Goodwill with the idea of incorporating them into bigger books.  This was the inscription in one that I’m probably going to use.  Maybe.  Like I said, thinking’s for free.

not fifteen minutes of fame

I got my picture in the paper yesterday with the press release about Chemo Today.  It was in The Guide, which must only go in subscribers papers.  I bought the paper to find this out.  Gregg brought The Guide home from work.  Thanks to the Case’s.   Did Andy Warhol mean that everyone is famous for 15 min. or you accumulate seconds, that add up to 15?

I have to quit picking at this stonewall or it will move toward hyper-realism.  Horrors!Stonewall

Torrit grey and agave w/ yellow

Gamblin paints has a contest to make a painting using only Torrit Grey, black and white.  I like the idea of torrit, a paint made from all of the pigment dust they collected making paints last year.  Unfortunately for a color addict like me this is HARD.

I usually work on several paintings at a time.  I planted this agave about 5 years ago in San Antonio.  Then they were only in the yards of old Mexican women.  Now they are chic.  They grow like crazy and this one has lots of “pups”.  I took these photos on our last visit to SA.  I’m thinking of doing a screen with the agave images.   I’m also exploring a possible studio so I have some more room.   It seems foolish since I’m not making any money to pay for it.  But if one screen sells, it’ll pay for quite a few things.   Since the economy tanked I’m not so faithful about financial things.Agave with Yellow WildflowersMullein

lost momentum

I floundering a bit after my big project, Chemo.  Little paintings seem minor, but I can’t afford the time or money to do big projects.   Or the space.  I’m going to be like those people they find dead in their homes after all of their stuff has suffocated them.   WAH!  There’s still some room and time, so I’ll seize the day to paint!Agave w/ Yellow Wild Flowers