Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What Happened Wednesday

When I finished posting yesterday, I ate a quick breakfast (whole wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas) and then spent an hour on the treadmill. I did a slow jog for a mile and a half and then walked at 3 mph at an incline of 3 for about 20 minutes and finished off with what I call a dance step for the last five minutes. What a great way to start the day!

And then I got a phone call. My daughter was trying to catch up from her week of sickness and had the day off and would appreciate it if I came over to give her some motivation to get started with the catch up. And her water pump on her well was leaking and making funny noises so someone was coming over to check it.

I took a quick shower, packed up some homemade pea soup, a dozen clementines, a handful of apples, and the laundered clothes she'd left here when she was sick and headed for her house. The girls loved the clementines especially Little Miss 3 who found she could peel them herself. I sat with the little one while her Mom started picking up the house. After some time Mom got in the shower and then asked if I minded if she ran to the grocery store. No problem. When she got home she asked if I would stay until the water man came in case they had to run to a store to buy supplies. No problem. As it turned out, I didn't get home until almost 5 pm, starving and with a headache. No art play yesterday. I've already blown my latest resolutions.

Late last evening, DD called to ask if I could take the girls today around noon and keep them overnight and until she gets off work around 3 pm Thursday. No problem. That means that my alone art time will be severely limited again. However, I have a plan to do some art while the little ones are arting (I know, here I go making up another word). Usually I am so caught up in what they are doing I don't do my own art when supervising them. That is about to change.

When I got up this morning before I even turned on the computer, I got out my sketchbook and my watercolors and made myself do a bit of quick art. Here are the results:

I didn't draw him in white on orange paper; when I scanned him my blind contour foot drawing was showing so much through the background that it was a great distraction. I opened it in Photoshop and put a dark background behind it and then used blending modes so that the foot drawing didn't show through.
I don't think I am really happy with the results of this playing, but I am very pleased with myself that I not only put watercolor to paper, but that I am sharing it as well. I would really like to take another watercolor class.

I woke up this morning with a huge headache and every time I sneeze it is intensified. After a couple of mugs of coffee it has subsided a bit and I don't think I am going to have to take any medicine to tame it. I really hate taking medicine and I find that sometimes when I do I get rebound headaches.

My only goal for today is to enjoy my girls and try to produce a bit of art while we are all playing together. I'd like to combine a sketch with a bit of watercolor and see what that looks like. Here's hoping for a fun-filled, arty day with my girls.

I do need to clean bathrooms and the hubster is taking down the tree today, so I will vacuum and rearrange the living room. I love how big the room looks after taking the tree down. 

I have a couple of cornish hens thawing in the refrigerator and maybe the little girls and I will make some interesting stuffing and plan a feast for dinner. Stay tuned......



  1. Sounds like your priorities are great: enjoy the girls and do your art before turning on the computer! I'm turning the computer on first and finding that it's not helping me get started in the morning. Though it's lots of fun. Our tree stays up another week because we were so late in getting started this year. It's a live redwood so it won't dry out.

  2. Sounds like you're busier than ever! What are the resolutions you've made and broken already? It's not Jan. 1st you have some wiggle room.

    Enjoy your day "arting" with the grands. Sounds like fun.

  3. You are so very fortunate to have those little darlings so close by. When my little guy went back to N'ville yesterday, I cried all day. I love your little bird, and the watercolor has a looseness that is very nice! hugs, nancy

  4. Worthy goals! Art and play. Great that you shared your watercolor. And I like the bird sketch.

  5. I hope you are not coming down with anything. You lead such a busy life and are such a wonderful mom and grandmom - always there for your family. Have a fantastic 2011 - looking forward to seeing your creations.

  6. Sometimes making art with the little ones can be so beneficial for us and our creativity! I love the orange background on your sketch! It makes it a very nice graphic that I could picture in a white frame in a bathroom or something. It's a lovely sketch!

  7. love the bird and background color!