I took a life drawing class in Sacramento last weekend, and enjoyed the experience. I had not worked in charcoal in several years. It took a while to get back into it. There were two very experienced models. We started out with five minute poses, which we erased, then went on to twenty minute poses. These are all twenty minute poses.
Redoing a Painting
When we were staying in Newport and having dinner, this fishing boat passed by the window. I liked the composition, but not the colors. I thought about it for a while and decided I would try to add a sunset behind the bridge. I painted this about a year ago, and still thought it looked a little dull.
Aging in a Young World
Today I was reading about a young couple that had lost two babies before finally being blessed with two beautiful boys. They write a blog about the experience at age 26 that tells of their trials and now how it is to raise their two young sons. I think it is fabulous that they now have a family they can enjoy and was totally intrigued that they could support their family in a very nice manner by writing a blog.
It started me thinking. By the age of (in my case – 67) 65, if you have had an interesting life at all, you have had lots of ups and downs, happinesses and sadness, challenges with defeats and hopefully more challenges with successes. There is a growing population of maturing adults as medicine improves and we get to enjoy aging in a much healthier manner.
Why not write a blog about aging in our society? There are so many stories out there that are captivating about interesting successes of the maturing adult. Many entrepreneurial magazines tell of the successful careers of self-starters that did not begin at a young age. There are so many benefits of being a little older, I thought maybe it might be a fascinating venue to explore.
I will call it “STEEL” as so many of us mature folks have a little steel in our hair coloring, steel in our backbone and a few have a little steel in one or more of our limbs. Steel will talk about daily adventures, senior discounts, commentary of being older in a young world, fun ideas for retiring, life stories we have lived through and hopefully make a difference to those of us that are “seniors” or will be soon.
Artwork in its new home
For the last about 15 years I have been enjoying the creative pastime of painting and drawing. Over the years I have sold many pieces and with the exception of a doctor’s office, where I helped install the work I seldom get to see it in it’s new environment.
The second photo is of a piece I sold at Interiors of Edmonds and the new owner was kind enough to share a photo of it hanging in her lovely home. All artists should be so lucky to see where their work finds a home.
Thank you for sharing.
Ya ma da poonoo = It’s bad for business
Jabba the Hutt had a lot to say in Star Wars and beyond. The name is often used as a satirical literary device and a political caricature to underscore negative qualities. Jabba is depicted as a large, slug-like alien, that is a cross between a toad and the Cheshire Cat exemplifying lust, greed and gluttony. Known throughout the Star Wars universe as the “vile gangster”, amusing himself by torturing and humiliating his subjects and enemies.
The physical appearance of Jabba reinforces the personality of a criminal deviant winning the award for “The Most Disgusting Alien”. The body is a Miasmic mass with the lardaceous body periodically releasing a greasy discharge, sending fresh waves of rotten stench into the air. Jabba’s appetitive is insatiable and often authors portray him/her treating to eat subordinates.
Jabba the Hutt is an icon in American popular culture becoming synonymous in American Mass Media with repulsive obesity. The name is utilized as a literary device – either as a simile or metaphor – to illustrate character flaws.
In other words, Jabba the Hutt has come to represent greed and anarchy, especially in the business world. Jabba ranked #4 on the Forbes Fictional 15 list of the wealthiest fictional characters in 2008. Not sure where it is ranked now? Probably grew in wealth as growing in girth.
Let’s see if by some his/her ( gender is never implicated ) quotes if you can figure it out what Jabba represents in current culture?
“You weak minded fool.”
“He is my kind of scum, fearless and inventive.”
“They will suffer for this outrage.”
“Have you now, ha ha.”
“Your mind powers will NOT work on me.”
“Let them marvel at our splendor.”
“There will be no bargain, I will enjoy watching you….(die or whatever bad)”
And my favorite:
“You will soon learn to appreciate me. ”
Jabba went on to point out: “Here, like everywhere else, laughing and singing, dancing and dreaming are not exactly the whole of reality; and for one ray of sun, shining on the hut, the rest of the village remains in the dark.”
Why write about Jabba the Hutt?
How many of you have dealt with someone with even one of these qualities in business? When reading about Jabba, is there a character that comes to mind in your life? Someone that befriends you, only to use you to their advantage and if you do not do exactly as they want you to do it, even if they are wrong or slightly corrupt, you are chastised and attempted to be made to feel like the low life they actually are.
As I grow older in our culture, it has become highly apparent to me, that people will lie under oath, tell you what they think you want to hear and basically do anything to get ahead and win whatever is important to them. You are of use, but not of importance to people like this.
In my way of thinking that is not a good way to go through life. If you see that happening in your life, get out of the way and let Jabba roll right on by you.
Designing a Postcard Ad for RE
Today while listening to classes on real estate I decided it was a good time to sketch while listening. Multi-tasking and now I need to add color and come up with a By Line. Anyone have any ideas? Here are some I was thinking about:
Thinking about making a move?
Ready for a change of scenery?
Where do you want to be at this point in your life?
Don’t think I need to to exert this much energy to move? What is your idea?
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How does your day begin?
Everyday in my home I wake up to a variation of this view. It took a long time in life to get to the place where I wake up and can’t wait to see the view of the morning. I kept buying and selling and then building and selling to make a profit on each so I could move to somewhere with a better view. I am in the smallest home, other than my first in Del Mar, California and I love the view the best!
Many do not understand this obsession, but living in the Pacific Northwest we have this incredible opportunity to live our lives with amazing views or using a word I heard for the first time “Fablioso” views. If you don’t live where you love the view you wake up to, then perhaps it is time to think about moving?
That is where I came in to help you find just the right view. As an artist and a professional (ASID & IIDA) interior designer (Yes I passed the two day test) and having worked to earn a PhD in Business Marketing, I can do a great job for you!
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Another SOLD Postcard
Whenever I sell a home, the client receives a hand drawn pen and ink with a watercolor wash that I draw just for them. It is framed and cards are made to match the drawing. They are also welcome to use the drawing in any way to share with family and friends.
If you or any of your family or friends are looking to buy or sell in the Poulsbo, Kingston or Bainbridge Island, I have lived in the area for 25 years and know the areas well. I love making the transaction a smooth and positive experience.
Hope to hear from you.
Back to the Sewing Room with a Little Pink Sailor Dress
Finally back to the sewing room to start sewing again. My booth at Red Plantation in downtown Poulsbo is up and running, and my art show is up at ChocMo in Poulsbo.
This dress would fit a 6-12 month old baby and will be in my shop after the Fourth of July
Here is my first “Renewed” pice of furniture.
Been collecting furniture and renewing to get ready to have a space at a local vintage shop. Hope you like my first piece.