10.29.2010

San Miguel de Allende



October Virtual Paintout - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

8x 10 oil on canvas

Window



Painted for Rookie Painter

8x10 oil on canvas

I haven’t painted much in October. One week was spent getting ready to keep our granddaughters, aged 2 and 3, while our daughter and son-in-law took a much deserved vacation. I built a puppet stage, which was a hit, shopped for storybooks and made kid food. The next week the girls kept us on our toes. I had forgotten how much fun things like taking a flashlight into a dark closet or looking for Waldo can be. I had also forgotten how much energy it takes to be a full time mom to toddlers.

Sadly, the end of that week brought news that our son and daughter-in-law lost a second trimester baby, their first child, a cute baby girl. A couple of days of shock were followed by a couple days of cooking casseroles and then a day spent in a puddle of tears. It is hard to see your children in pain. It is also rewarding to see them bravely move forward in life better and stronger than you ever imagined. I have a great family.

Finally realizing October was almost over, I shook myself off, got the paintbrushes out and painted for Rookie Painter and Virtual Paintout in one afternoon. Therapy. After I make a tiny blanket to go into a memory box the plan is to get painting again – hopefully more and better.

10.11.2010

Fall



Painted for Rookie Painter October challenge.

6x6 oil on canvas

I am in the midst of a painting drought. I thought I would take the afternoon and try to prime the pump with a challenge. After I finished I realized that today is the last day of this challenge. My painting ability may be lacking but my timing was good.