Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday check in

It has been a rough time at the Smith house.
My Mother-in-Law spent 4 days in ICU and
then 11 days in Hospice.  Linda was with her
round the clock, going home only two nights.
Sadly she passed away on Thursday morning
with Linda and I holding her hand.
It has been very hard on Linda who has been
Arlene's caretaker for many years.

Arlene was always in my corner, she supported
my painting from the very first day I met her.
Always told me I could "make it".  She helped
with mailers and anything she could do in the
Studio.  For 30 years she was the cashier at my
Open House.  Her presence will be greatly missed.

I have tried to keep painting and attended two
shows by myself.  I am taking Linda along this
weekend to the Berkshires.  I hear the leaves are
starting to change.

Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village
held on the grounds of the Shaker Village
1843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield MA
10am to 5pm
Admission includes the village

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 Still Life #14

4"x 6"Original Watercolor

I worked on this piece as a study for a larger
painting.  The watercolor is actually richer color
than it photographed.

I am switching gears and teaching classes
this week. One this morning and one tonight,
and again tomorrow.  Meanwhile I had to unpack
the van and dry out all the show equipment since it
rained 30 minutes before closing the show on Sunday!
So everything was wet.   Linda's Mom has not been
feeling good so Linda has been helping her, leaving
me to grocery shop and run errands... no loafing here!