An art day

July 26, 2014

It’s been a funny kind of a day today, and I suppose there’s something about the moon or this heat or something, because I woke up feeling super down.

R and I were listening to the Sound of the 60s on BBC 4 over our breakfast in bed. Usually we end up bopping away to the silly songs, but today the songs just made me feel weepy. Especially the song Blackbird.

And I don’t even know why…that’s the drag of it all. I mean, nothing really happened at all! Maybe it’s last night’s bad sleep or a couple small annoyances that added up to a major downer…I don’t really know. But R just hugged me thru it and told me that all we are are tiny, insignificant carbon-based lifeforms, spinning gently on this tiny planet, around a little burning star, in an obscure section of the Milky Way, a tiny galaxy in a universe of billions of galaxies, with other life forms thinking that they’re all alone out there, and right now, this moment, everything’s fine right here with us…and it was.

Today was going to be an easy, stay at home kind of day for me. R had a client come today with his mini to have R map the engine, and so I took the afternoon to paint.

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I started the kingfisher the other day on a page from a 1920’s copy of Grieg’s Sigurd Jorsalfar, and so I finished him today.

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But what I really wanted to paint was a blackbird. One page didn’t seem like enough, so I took out two middle pages from the same Grieg and started these.

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Many more layers of dark paint and then I’ll stand them on fence posts.

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I was looking thru some photos and found a few of some fireweed, (willowherb in the UK). Maybe I’ll paint a bunch of fireweed behind and around my blackbirds.

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Actually, I’ve been taking a bunch of random country photos these days because I think I’d like to paint an oil of a pastoral scene of some kind and my photos usually serve as terrific reference for paintings.

I snapped this one, (like a lot of them), while R was driving yesterday.

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You know, at the time I took this one, I thought to myself, “will that dead spiderweb show up” and then I though, “No, it probably wont.”

Well, actually, what I managed was to give myself a webby Dali moustache. 😀

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Big hugs, and I hope you all have a brilliant, happy and relaxing Sunday, which ever corner of the ol’ globe you’re in.

The Chilterns View, a dreamy holiday stay
Practical class: Medieval Manuscript Illumination

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  • Reply Patty/NS July 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Beautiful Kingfisher! I saw one fishing last week as I drove around the bay to our little town. So love lovely to see. Sometimes all the little annoying thing end up in tears for me too. So good you had Robert with you.

    • Reply Veronica July 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thank you so much Patty. I love kingfishers, don’t you? Where do you live? Our kingfishers are so different between the two countries (UK, and Canada) Aw, I know. Silly little things that, if you start describing them, they seem so insignificant, don’t they? So lucky that R doesn’t see them that way and helps me thru it with love and understanding.

  • Reply cecilia July 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    beautiful work and how wonderful to have such a good friend in your man. If I start getting weepy .. hugs are not the result.. I do miss you.. though i have not seen you in this life yet.. I still have my angel page, it is my favourite artwork.. love, love.. c

    • Reply Veronica July 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Aw, Celi, thank you so much. I’m so happy that I can send you something special here and there. I still have your beautiful little fern ceramic. It’s on my bedside table and reminds me of you. 😀

      • Reply cecilia July 29, 2014 at 11:21 am

        I am glad that you have it.. it has found its home.. c

  • Reply daryledelstein July 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    such lovely drawings .. sorry to hear you felt down, hope its passed … xo

    • Reply Veronica July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thank you so much Daryl. I’m fine. It never lasts. 😀

  • Reply July 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    You created magic! Don’t be down please?

    • Reply Veronica July 29, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Aw, thank you Kathryn. Everything’s fine. 😀

  • Reply Renee Dowling July 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I hope your blues flew away! I love the fact that one still could play the music, even with your lovely paintings over them!

    • Reply Veronica July 29, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Hi Renee, thank you so much, I’m fine. 😀 One lady bought an owl on Beethoven because she loved the piece of music and wanted to play it thru the bird. I loved that idea.

  • Reply mysoulfulhome July 30, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Well I disagree with R I know he is fabulous in every which way…but “insignificant” no way. So glad to have discovered your carbon based life form in the galaxy! BEAUTIFUL ART WORK!

  • Reply Sara v August 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Hi Veronica! I am so behind in my visits to everyone. I miss seeing you daily. It’s my own busy-ness and a flood in my house that is taking up my time. You know all about that! Love the paintings, the kingfisher is brilliant! And can’t wait to see where the blackbirds end up perching 🙂

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