liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
I feel a little like I'm slipping sideways instead of moving forward or back. I'm still gaming, but in different venues than just TF2. I'm now playing Terraria, Civ V, CS:GO, Overwatch, Payday 2, and, most of all, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, mostly because I get to play with Jet, and he and his friends really like playing with me, no matter how good or bad I might be. I'm helpful, I cheer them on, and I usually do something smart in a game where there are so very many ways to die by being stupid.

Still, I've decided that I'm out of competitive, and that's been a good decision all around.

I am painting, spinning, and even dyeing again. There have been some fun things in the past few months, and the bees are still doing quite well. There are mites, but I think I'll just treat them this fall and it might help with next year. I've been getting through a huge volunteer work load for the Longmont Studio Tour, and a lot of it has been for the marketing side of things, rather than just the art. But I've been painting again, backing things, and trying to figure out matting and framing as well. And, of course, John and I just had our 30th Anniversary and it was a good, quiet one, with the annual Boulder County Fair ferris wheel.

Some of the pretties... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
It's been odd, this last week.

Since about Monday, after I'd finished turning everything over to the team, I've been getting back to my life.

And it's been a mixed bag... )
liralen: Finch Painting (sparrow)
I got my breathing capacity test today at the allergy clinic. I knew that I needed a checkup with my doctor to continue getting a couple of my prescriptions refilled; so I called this morning and the receptionist said that Dr. Murthy had an opening at 10:30, so I just up and went.

And I now have 75% lung capacity, when four years ago I had only 67%. This is good news.

Read more... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Tenpou/Hakkai)
So I did do the challenge! And I finished it, too....

Cut for pictures, lots of them... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Otter)
Gonna just interject and say that we're home and safe, and all was really good on the New York trip, but we did so much that all we did, pretty much the moment the bus got into the hotel, was go to our beds and fall asleep.

I walked 120,000 steps in New York City, and every one of them was worth it, and I'll be writing it up as I get the pictures up. I loved it all, and when our guide asked us what our favorite part was, it was so hard to say.

I'll first finish up the reunion trip, and say that in the days between the two trips, I got the first two days up, and mostly just did laundry, sleep in my own bed, and figure out how to pack, for the first time in a long time, so that I could carry-on everything.

Red Oak Leaves from Central Park
And I'll leave you with a painting I did yesterday, it's of red oak leaves that I found on the ground in Central Park, and I picked 'em up, washed them off, and pressed them in my notebook. They're a flat, bedraggled mass now, but using them as a reference, I went ahead and laid this out on the plane.

The turbulence was so bad on the plane I couldn't use brush and ink, so I just used pencil on notebook paper to do the initial sketches, but when I had my watercolors and ink yesterday, I painted again. I've signed up for the OAS (Oriental Art Supplies) 30-day challenge, and will be painting every day in June.

So still going full-blast, and I'll catch this journal up as I can. *laughs* I actually want to reorganize this journal a little, get all the old fiction off the sticky page, and do good indices for all the travel entries.
liralen: Finch Painting (Hakkai)
It was raining, the slow, fine ever present rain that goes with a sky occluded by white. The overcast and drizzle were familiar to me, as comfortable and present as my own breath. I was carefully watching the shadow of the edge of a running blade, using the shadow's intersect with its caster as my way of knowing when I'd hit my mark.

Life, getting ready to run/fly/get out of here, and knitting... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
On my birthday, my third painting show was hung. *laughs* It's just a small space, at my church, but it's a very nice presentation space, and 10% of the proceeds go to the church.

We're heavily involved in the recovery efforts for the city, and were actually awarded a $10,000 grant for the relief work we're doing, so that we have plenty of materials and tools with which to do it. I love that the mother of one of our congregants got to learn how to use a pneumatic air gun to help. Maybe I should say that anything that's earned from this show goes to that fund?

Cut for pictures... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
It was a mildly crazy day today, because I had six reports to do for the 911 folks in the morning, that took nearly all of my four hours, and then I spent four hours in a watercolor class this evening with Ugljesa Janjic, a local watercolor painter.

The 911 stuff had moved from Friday to today because we spent yesterday on a small trek to the Stupa out in the Red Feather Lake area, and that had turned out beautifully. I have some wonderful things that I want to paint out of that hike, too, but it and a trip to Copoco's Honey in Fort Collins for some emergency mite control effects.

So it's been a full couple of days, but today I got to paint in the large... )
liralen: Finch Painting (socks)
For most of the last week we've had snow. Thick snow, heavy, wet spring snow, and for a full day and a half it lay nearly a foot thick everywhere. Jet and I had a blast going out and sledding and building snow men, because the usual Colorado snow falls when it's so cold the stuff is powder dry and can't pack worth a darn.

Yesterday, the temperatures got into the 60's, and everything was melting.

We went out walking in the afternoon and the sound of dripping, running water was everywhere. It was absolutely wonderful! All the grass has gone green, and the local weather report says that Longmont is even with its annual average of precipitation for the first time in a few years, and the state as a whole now has 75% of its usual snow pack, so we'll actually have some water this summer, unlike the last few years, which have had unusually warm springs.

TV and movie watching, writing, knitting, and painting things I've been doing... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
I've been painting and knitting a little. *laughs*

Cut for pictures! )

And a bit about today and following 10-year-olds on stunt bikes. )
liralen: A pictures of one of my bees (bee)
Been exploring a few things that I've been wanting to do for a while, lately. One of which has been taking advantage of the warm weather, and the other was trying new ways of painting things.

AND there's now pictures of the beekeeping equipment!

Cut for pictures and lots of text... )
liralen: A pictures of one of my bees (bee)
Been exploring a few things that I've been wanting to do for a while, lately. One of which has been taking advantage of the warm weather, and the other was trying new ways of painting things.

AND there's now pictures of the beekeeping equipment!

Cut for pictures and lots of text... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
I seem to have acquired a full bee setup. *blinks at self* One of the Colorado beekeepers on the list I follow is getting rid of 1000 8-frame deeps (smaller than the standard 10-frame setups but easier to haul around for that) as he's going out of the commercial beekeeping business and going into raising queens and the more specialty work. But most new setups are a few hundred dollars and he's giving me everything I need for a fraction of the cost new. "All" I have to do is clean it up and put workers and a queen into it in next spring. *laughs*

I also delivered seven paintings to one of the biggest and busiest hospitals in town, the Longmont United Hospital and found that the Longmont Artists' Registry actually will administer the sales of the paintings for me, taking a 25% commission, but given that I'm going to be gone for a good deal of the three month show, it's well worth it. The administration lady behind the desk who received the paintings said she thought mine were beautiful and very unlike anything else she'd seen go through their Art Cafe or front walk. Peaceful and open, she said. *grins*

Yesterday, I met folks at a bank wanted paintings. But they wanted stuff that was bigger than mine, so I managed to get my mentor, the art therapist, in on *that* show, so that worked out all right. Today, I also got my allergy shots, ran to deliver things to the library, wrote like mad with DarkPrism, and then played with Jet, rode the bicycle, started throwing things into the "To Pack" pile, and had an excellent dinner with my boys.

A good day, I think. A good day.
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
I seem to have acquired a full bee setup. *blinks at self* One of the Colorado beekeepers on the list I follow is getting rid of 1000 8-frame deeps (smaller than the standard 10-frame setups but easier to haul around for that) as he's going out of the commercial beekeeping business and going into raising queens and the more specialty work. But most new setups are a few hundred dollars and he's giving me everything I need for a fraction of the cost new. "All" I have to do is clean it up and put workers and a queen into it in next spring. *laughs*

I also delivered seven paintings to one of the biggest and busiest hospitals in town, the Longmont United Hospital and found that the Longmont Artists' Registry actually will administer the sales of the paintings for me, taking a 25% commission, but given that I'm going to be gone for a good deal of the three month show, it's well worth it. The administration lady behind the desk who received the paintings said she thought mine were beautiful and very unlike anything else she'd seen go through their Art Cafe or front walk. Peaceful and open, she said. *grins*

Yesterday, I met folks at a bank wanted paintings. But they wanted stuff that was bigger than mine, so I managed to get my mentor, the art therapist, in on *that* show, so that worked out all right. Today, I also got my allergy shots, ran to deliver things to the library, wrote like mad with DarkPrism, and then played with Jet, rode the bicycle, started throwing things into the "To Pack" pile, and had an excellent dinner with my boys.

A good day, I think. A good day.
liralen: Finch Painting (seven)
But I actually finished it in a quiet moment, and feel pretty good about how it went.

Three phases of a gong-bi Plum Tree. )
liralen: Finch Painting (seven)
But I actually finished it in a quiet moment, and feel pretty good about how it went.

Three phases of a gong-bi Plum Tree. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
Been crazy busy for the last two weeks: finishing the second to last edit pass for Hearts Under Fire before handing it off to the editor to look over for a July release, dealing with the garden, helping Jet with Odyssey of the Mind and his science project, working out a trip to Florida for a friend, managing my eye, dealing with the anniversary of the death of Tasha, drinking a box of PG Tips teabags to figure out several puzzles, and working out what has to happen for the Biloxy trip we're leaving on in two weeks.

Trying to paint, get some Winter War done and dreaming about Twin Souls, and then John decided he was tired of how many of our books are doubled up in our library.

Of displacements, tea wars, and running about like a chicken with its head cut off, with a few pictures. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
Been crazy busy for the last two weeks: finishing the second to last edit pass for Hearts Under Fire before handing it off to the editor to look over for a July release, dealing with the garden, helping Jet with Odyssey of the Mind and his science project, working out a trip to Florida for a friend, managing my eye, dealing with the anniversary of the death of Tasha, drinking a box of PG Tips teabags to figure out several puzzles, and working out what has to happen for the Biloxy trip we're leaving on in two weeks.

Trying to paint, get some Winter War done and dreaming about Twin Souls, and then John decided he was tired of how many of our books are doubled up in our library.

Of displacements, tea wars, and running about like a chicken with its head cut off, with a few pictures. )

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