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06/14/2007: "Alright already!"

OK, I got a complaint from Daniel North that I’m not blogging enough (or painting for that matter)…and believe me, I’m not happy about it either.

Blogging is a funny thing, when you get in the habit of writing something everyday, you don’t feel any pressure to make a post particularly enlightening or interesting. It can be about whatever random thing is on your mind. But when you go long spells without writing, there can be a certain pressure to have something meaningful to say when you finally do write.

So, I’ve been waiting, even though some really cool things have happened. For example, last week Aaron and I helped some friends work on their 41’ racing yacht and afterwards went for a sail in Auke Bay. The really incredible thing was that there were whales breaching right in the Harbor, both at Fisherman’s Bend (where the High Noon was moored) and also in the Auke Bay harbor next door. It was so incredible. I’d never seen whales breaching like that before…I mean, jumping *all* the way out of the water and landing sideways creating huge splashes.

I got a few great photographs of the whales feeding, essentially breaching with their mouths wide open. I wanted to wait to write about it until I had a chance to post the photos…I will try to do that tonight.

As for painting, well, Aaron is 100% moved in now and we’re just finishing up unpacking the last few boxes. My studio has moved from the public, upstairs part of the house, to a small room on the ground floor. This is OK because now I have a door and my own TV and we are possibly moving the computer down there as well to make it easier for me to work.

The best thing is that I’m starting to think about painting ideas all the time now. I have some images just starting to form and I’m at that sketching out rough ideas phase. The thing is, ideas have been the key missing ingredient and now they are returning. I hope to do some painting very soon, though this weekend we may go camping since the weather looks like it’s going to be wonderful again.

I absolutely LOVE camping. I love hiking (or sailing) to somewhere totally remote, sleeping in a tent, having a little fire to cook over, a great book to read, possibly do some fishing…I will also bring my camera and sketch book. Look at it as a chance to get some new source photos. Then maybe Rob Roys and I will hire some models together so I can get some of the poses I need for this new series.

Anyway, I am feeling more hopeful than I have in a long time that my long dry spell is about to be over! So please please please, stay tuned!

Replies: 6 Comments

on Thursday, June 14th, Bea said

Glad someone else commented as I am becoming a passive Minnesotan now and was so stoicly waiting for you to write:P You do realize that your everyday days are pretty exotic to some of us, right?

on Thursday, June 14th, Elise said

Hi Bea!
Great to hear from you. I keep thinking that things will slow down eventually but it's been one thing after another lately.

I promise to get better, especially since it's summer and the weather is starting to get better and I plan to at least start taking more photographs again.

Are you doing any art work these days...remember our private art lessons way back when?

on Friday, June 15th, Joan said

Thought I would make this a mini-reunion...glad I wasn't the only one feeling like your life is a bit exotic, Elise. Bea, glad to see a comment from you. Guess we're "in touch" in a round about way. Last I had heard you were down south, Texas? Does anyone know if there are plans for a 20th next year? I think we are not "recognized" until 25 but maybe we'd have a head start. Not really sure if I have feelings one way or another. Regardless, it was nice to "hear" from you both.

on Friday, June 15th, Elise said

Hi Joan!
Yes, this is quite the mini-reunion! Did you see that Lucy left a comment above?

I doubt I can make it back for 20th but I can sure try for the 25th. I can't believe how old we're getting!

on Friday, June 15th, Joan said

I can't see Lucy's comment. On this post? I checked the previous too, no luck. Looking forward to "the next 6 years."

on Friday, June 15th, Elise said

Lucy commented on the post *above* this one, directly under the whale photos.

As for me, I really am looking forward to the next 6 years and beyond. How are you recovering from your accident btw?