06/20/2004: "Back at the easle again"
Had a great time with my family last week. I got to do a lot of the touristy things I never tried before, like taking the tram up Mount Roberts. At the top there is a raptor and nature center, a resturant and a theater. At the theater we got to listen to a live performance of a really talented Tlingit story teller who told about the creation of the first killer whale. Then we got to watch a short movie called Moving in Light (I think) about the history of the Tlingit people and culture...which was excellent. We ate up there with a fantastic view, then went hiking on some trails but not for long, as we couldn't push my dad's wheel chair on the steep rocky trail even though they called it "wheel chair accessible".
We also hiked the Perserverance Trail and did another geo cache thing, (like the one we did on the Treadwell trail) which was fun. I also tried to take them out sailing but since I couldn't find anyone to sail with me who knew how, and because my marine battery had worn down so that the radio wasn't working to call for help if we needed to, I only motored them out into the channel. It was pretty windy. I had the sails all set up ready to go but I guess I chickened out. I had all of my four sisters on board and the responsibility I felt was too much.
The weather was really amazing for the last couple of days they were here, clear blue skies. It's been like that all weekend as well. It has been in the low 80s the last couple of days according to my thermometor and that is way too hot for me. No one here has air conditioners and so it can seem so hot on the rare days it gets this warm. Thankfully I have that window fan I bought for fume ventilation. Plus I'm taking lots of cool showers.
Anyway, my f/amily took off on Thursday and Friday and everyone seemed to have had a great trip. I spent this weekend recouperating and finishing up the last details on my paintings which I'm happy to say are done done done!!!. Even though they'll be framed, I use gallery wrapped canvases so I always paint the top, bottom and sides. Right now only the bottoms are still waiting to be finished up but I don't really count that. Now I'm trying to decide if I should list two prices for each piece, one for framed and one for unframed? I've never framed my work in the past so this is a first for me. I was just going to incorporate the cost of the frames into the total price but then if someone didn't want the frame...suggestions
I signed my first completely finished painting tonight to, "Grounded". After looking at the figure some more I decided that the tones in the face had more purple than the rest of the figure so I tried to add some yellow highlights and ended up spending around 4 hours repainting the entire face which basically looks practically identical to how it looked before.
Worse yet, I've been having problems with arthritis in my right hand. It was really hurting tonight and I was having to force myself to keep painting, even after taking my anti-inflamatory medicine. I'm worried because even though all of my paintings are finished (I'm only going to use 10 total) I have that quick draw thing coming up this coming weekend. I haven't come up with an image for that yet, and I haven't practiced anything, and now with my hand in so much pain...I'm worried I may not be able to practice this week either. I'm starting to really regret saying I'd do it at all. I'm scared out of my wits.
Oh yah, and I picked up my invitations, they actually look pretty good. I'm going to stay after work tomorrow and print out some labels and try to get them in the mail on Tuesday. My mailing list was saved to my hard drive (shock) so I'll have to recreate it as best as possible. If you emailed me your address for a postcard you might want to send it again. Sorry!
OK, my hand is really hurting from this typing so I better lay off it. I just had one final thought...the thing is, finishing up this show I feel like I've gotten into a groove with my current style, and yet as I stated earlier, I'm feeling like I'd like to just go crazy for a bit, do something really wild and out there and different. I guess it isn't an either or thing, but it still scares me a little. I'd like to know if anyone who feels they have a certain style to their work has taken a totally different track while continuing to do what they're more known for doing. And if so, what if anything happened from it? Just curious.
Well, I'm off to bed. I watched three different vampire movies today (while painting) so it's a good thing that it stays light out so long this time of year! That reminds me, it summer solstice in a few days. I'll never forget the time my friend Susan and I accidentally ended up at Stonehenge early on the morning of the summer solstice. Talk about a freak show. We meant to go to see Stonehenge, we just didn't realize it was solstice.