Do they go together?
It has been a couple of weeks since I have been able to be in my studio. Having a new puppy has not helped. She is very cute but very busy! Most days I truly wonder if a puppy really adds to your life or just wastes your time. I don’t feel like you get much in return at this point in time. She is finally old enough that she can be in my art studio when I am working but has to be in a crate or she would literally “eat” my artwork, as she eats everything else in path.
Just now I went to make another cup of coffee, but the barn door to the laundry room where I make my coffee got knocked off the track by the puppy and it is going to have to stay that way all day. It is too heavy for me to life to put back on the track. The cat is locked in the laundry room but at least he has food and water and can get to his litter box and he has freedom from the puppy and I am mostly wishing I had freedom from the puppy.
Sunday when my husband was home and my youngest son visiting, I could finally put the puppy in the hands of someone else and go back to my studio to paint.
Last weekend I traveled to the Celebration of Life of one of my college sorority sisters in Vacaville. It was a bittersweet experience. It was wonderful to see many of my sorority sisters, but hard to share the passing of one. It was dear to see her husband, as he was my first boyfriend in college before he met her. It was so wonderful to see what a rich and full life they had together as they showed photos throughout the years of their long and happy marriage. It made me feel so good to know what a wonderful life they had together.
The upbeat part of the trip was that I was lucky to spend some time with my oldest son and granddaughter. We drove out the coast near Santa Cruz, where we took a wonderful and beautiful walk along the beach. We walked through a farm that is open to the public with several older buildings and some historic sites. The painting above is of one of the buildings that I photographed along our walk.
Here is the photograph that I painted. I loved that it looked like one time it was loved, but now it was old and forlorn. I took several photos of other buildings and think I may do a series of paintings of the area.
Yesterday it was cold and rainy and even though I should have gone to Urban Sketchers in the morning, I chose to try to spend it in my studio with my puppy. It is funny, if I turn on a movie, she is like a little child and watches the movie without complaint, so I was able to paint the following piece from a photo I took in Poulsbo at the marina.
I am out to the studio again after I either go out to buy a coffee or I almost forgot I do have a French Press that is not locked in the laundry room.
Anyone want a very cute Aussie Kee that will eventually be a great companion for someone much younger?