Friday, March 24, 2017

Day 1702: 3 Susans, Michelle, Lisa & me ...

sweet longneck, acrylic on canvas

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A small group today for this two day class ...

I never know who or how many.
A big canvas (30 x 40") is a bit scary for some, 
so 6 "bravehearts" showed up for 3 hours.
We added gesso to our canvas, and while it was drying ...

we made sheets & sheets of ...

tissue collage papers ...

designs, asemic writing, anything ...

all to be be torn or cut up later & used within our painting,

... along with lots of yummy papers.

(the longneck sisters)

I did a quick demo. I had never tried 3 figures ...

 and since I was encouraging this class ...

to be bold, experiment & play, I did.

 Susan decided on a family portrait.

A different Susan worked on a landscape.

Still a third Susan worked toward an abstract landscape.

Lisa also chose a landscape. 

Michelle worked on a portrait.

All of us are still working  ...

& experimenting.

works in progress ...

Can you tell we had fun?
We have a week till our next 3 hours together.
Time to let it breathe and decide what's next.
Updates & more next week.

A smile for Friday ...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Day 1701: How to tell when you're hard up for a blog topic?

lai, ink, watercolor & collage

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So this is how you tell when you're hard up for a daily blog topic ...
on day 1701, after 1700 continuous posts ...
I spent way too much of my day at urgent care.

I looked up urgent ...  ur·gent/ˈərjənt/ (adjective)
(of a state or situation) requiring immediate action or attention.
That doesn't seem to fit my day?

(Probably TMI, feel free to skip) Backstory: 
I had a little fall Sunday afternoon, just my clumsiness.
I am equipped with ample padding, so falls are not a problem.
At 3 AM my left ankle, the only body part 
without padding, wreaked with pain.
I woke to see it swollen & noticed the tiny wood burn from the fall.
I hobbled for ice, wondering if I should go to ER, could I drive etc.
I iced it, took 2 excedrin & went to sleep. 
Monday was my lunch with WonderWoman & it felt okay.
We walked a lot and it was a great day.
That night it was swollen but no pain. 
WW wanted me to have an x-ray, so I called Kaiser 
for an AM appointment. They were full.   
So, I could do walk-in at Urgent Care.

At check-in they estimated  a 2 hour wait.
But then they sent me to x-ray.

then back to Urgent Care WAITING room ...

... a lot of waiting. I brought my book.

when I got taken into the examining room ...

 more waiting. So until she came in & I took pictures ... 

 & I finished my book.

Aww, poor ankle ... but good news.
No broken bones & it doesn't hurt.

And a first.

I am sure I had that same look leaving the lobby. Outta here!

Fresh air!
Does this make your day seem great?

 A side story: While in the waiting room today,  I ran into Scott.
We train together in Demura Sensei's day class. 
We are both normally there training right at this time. 
I decided to text Demura Sensei.

I wrote: "Hi Sensei! Scott and I are at Kaiser Urgent Care. 
He is getting his wrist checked from his fall yesterday. 
I am having my ankle x-rayed from a fall on Sunday. 
That's why we're not there for class today.
Did you miss us?"

Sensei's text reply: "I just notest you are not in class today."

Throwback Thursday

Demura Sensei's Super Summer Seminar, CM Dojo at CM High School, 1991

A smile for Thursday ...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day 1700: Everybody loves Libby, and so a party!

Sue, ink,watercolor & collage

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I love to spotlight artists & have featured 

several times, here & here , people are always amazed.
But she is so much more than a great artist & teacher
So, when I was lucky enough to be invited 
to her special birthday last Sunday ...

eight of her fans & friends met at
the beautiful home of Linda, to join
the party planner extraordinaire!

Initially the crown made by Linda's husband Bob ...

needed a tiny adjustment, but then it stayed on all day!
A catered fiesta with all the goodies!

The party moved outside to watch Libby with ...

her first pinata!
Then we sat by the pool and made bunnies.

Linda had prepared a sample bunny & a ...
kit for each of us with all the supplies & directions, 
which some followed better than others.
Can you imagine the work that went into that?
Amazing conversations happen during this time.

Josie baked an exquisite gourmet cake!
I missed taking pictures when Libby opened gifts?
I'm not sure why, but I did want to tell you ...
Libby brought a gift for each of us!
Known for her wonderful collection of socks 
that she often posts on FB and Instagram,
she gave us each a pair of socks!
How cool is that?
I have never seen that happen, but ...

I love my new socks!

That says so much about why we all love Libby!
Thank you Linda & Bob for the perfect party!
Thank you Libby for the socks & especially for you!
A really wonderful day.

A smile for Wednesday ...