Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Some things are constant...
Yesterday when I visited my mother she was participating in physical therapy and in good spirits. I was pleased and hopeful she had turned an emotional corner. I traveled on to Eugene for lunch with friends and visits to bookstores, a welcome respite.
But today, she was in total despair, sad, angry, refusing to participate in physical therapy, wanting to "just go home and die." I think it's painful for her to do the exercises, as the only pain medication she tolerates is Tylenol. I was able to arrange for her to be moved to a better room - larger, with a window view of the patio area, in the rehab side of the facility. Because there were no rooms available in the rehab part when she was transferred from the hospital on Monday, she was in the long term care area, surrounded with the comatose and dying, not the best environment for recovery. I'm hopeful the change of rooms will help her spirits.
After I left her today, I went to a florist and bought this arrangement. Not for her really, she's always dismissive of flowers people send her, but to make her room look a little less dreary when I visit. I'll take them to her tomorrow.
This rendering is not very accurate - the pot is actually smaller (and square) and the plants were larger, but it felt really good to do something with pen and brush.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Art as an antidote to nursing homes
After visiting her yesterday, I tried to paint, but it was as if I had never picked up a paintbrush before.
Tomorrow it's back to contour drawings.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history."
(From Obama Inaugural Address)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.
I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is here, hidden; and there
are comingss and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.
(From the Sunday Oregonian newspaper.)
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 1!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Another day of heavy fog in the Umpqua Valley.
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 2
Friday, January 16, 2009
My scanner makes colors look brighter than they actually are, but still, my mixes bear little resemblance to Cezanne's muted tones :
The original, by Cezanne:
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 3
Labels: Oil on canvas
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In the mist...
The river valley where I live in Oregon gets a lot of fog. It's been particularly heavy the past week, often lingering until late afternoon when it lifts to reveal a few hours of sunshine. Sometimes it feels a bit oppressive and gloomy, but I love what it does to the view. The trees, hills and buildings look mysterious and a bit magical in the heavy mist. And the light shining through as it begins to thin produces a beautiful glow.
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 4
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Baby Bok Choy
There were five baby bok choy lined up on a shelf in the display case at the grocery store. So tiny. So perfect. So organic. How could I resist buying one?
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 5
Labels: Graphite Pencil
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This granite bear fetish from Santa Fe was a gift from a good friend. I've tried to sketch it several times over the years, but it never comes out quite right.
"According to Zuni mythology, the Bear fetish is the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and transform human passions into true wisdom. They believe that Bear is invaluable whenever you are faced with change and transition and that it can be your ally when you are attempting to resolve conflict, forgive yourself or others for errors of the past, or when you are faced with new challenges in your spiritual path."
Hmmm, perhaps I shouldn't be so neglectful of this little guy...
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 6
Monday, January 12, 2009
It's a marvelous night for a moon dance...
Driving home from town last night, I was stunned by how beautiful the moon was - huge and glowing, with a large, luminous nimbus around it. It only got better as we left the city lights behind for the darkness of the countryside.
Apparently it's the biggest and brightest full moon of 2009. If it were just a bit warmer outside, a moon dance would certainly be in order...
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 7
Sunday, January 11, 2009
A quick little sketch before I put this wilted flower arrangement outside for the deer to enjoy.
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 8
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 9
Friday, January 9, 2009
After a short nap, I spent the afternoon in Yupoland, a strange and unpredictable place. Yupo paper has a plastic finish and there's little control over what happens when ink or watercolor is placed on it. I created a very nice abstract landscape, left the room while it was drying and when I came back later, everything had melded, moved, and turned into a completely different painting. The paper is just weird, slick and smooth. But I think there is amazing potential for some very interesting art. And I'm sure there are techniques for using it which I don't know yet.
I didn't produce anything wonderful, but did have fun moving the paint around. Another plus? You can wash everything off and start over again. (Don't you think the painting resembles this image of an amœba?...)
Number of days until Bush's last full day in office: 10
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Will it work?
A quick drawing before my guests awaken. ( Am I really posting a sketch of nose spray on my blog?)
Number of days until Bush's last day in office: 12
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
A value study, perhaps to become a little painting...
Number of days until Bush's last day in office: 13
Labels: Graphite Pencil
Monday, January 5, 2009
Colds & Company/two more weeks to go!
The box is a little wonky, sort of the way I feel.
Number of days until Bush's last day in office: 14
Labels: Graphite Pencil
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The best of a bad lot/15 days to go
I couldn't paint ANYTHING well today, but since I've committed to posting something every day until Bush is history, here it is. Maybe I'll try this again tomorrow. The orchid is really quite beautiful.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Doodles/16 more days...
I spent the last couple of days in Eugene, picking up art supplies, browsing bookstores and visiting friends. This little doodle is all I have time for today.
Number of days until Bush's last day in office: 16.
Labels: Ink with watercolor
Friday, January 2, 2009
Twisted leaves/17 more days
I love the crazy, twisted leaves on Satsuma oranges.
Number of days until Bush's last day in office, and the fulfillment of my one and only new year's resolution: 17.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Someone gave me a bottle of Bombay Sapphire dry gin for Christmas and told me I would never be able to go back to the bargain gin after tasting it. It does have a rich, complex flavor which, according to Wikipedia, comes from a recipe of ten ingredients: almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise.
It’s good, but honestly, what I like the best about it is the gorgeous sapphire blue bottle it's packaged in.
Number of days until Bush's last day in office, and the end of my daily paintings: 18.
Then, on January 20, I’m going to pour a big glass of champagne, turn the TV on and watch the inauguration of our 44th President.
Number of days until Bush's last day in office: 18.