Saturday, October 16, 2010

Another weekend

And another 4+ miles. Plus the farmers market. And a trip to Lowe's and Home depot to see if I could get some very large pieces of cardboard. 'Ima Wizer' told me (comments in the last post) to start thinking and painting 'LARGE' and so I was going to try...but to no no avail. No cardboard at all. Now I have to look around town or perhaps I could contact Janet Turner (see the last post) and ask her where she buys it.

Since neither Lowe's nor Home Depot carry un-tempered hardboard, I had to buy some birch panels to make some 'canvas' to work on. But I really like these; much nicer to paint on as they can be scrubbed hard with the brush. Plus, I enjoy making the wooden frames to support them.

Early this morning (4:30) I was cutting up tomatoes and roasting them in preparation for making sauce. By 5:45 I had a pot full of juice, spices and garlic simmering on the stove. This afternoon we went out to the garden and picked another 20 or 30 tomatoes. Those will be sauce in a few days; except for the delicious 'Carbon' tomatoes...those go in the salads.

I did finish another painting and this one is also on birch ply. I really enjoyed painting it; putting heart and mind into the effort. It's titled Christmas 1944.

Back out to the 'studio'...I have another canvas calling me.


  1. Birch makes faces and bodies in its grain, so I see the ghosts of faces in the background of the painting. You are extraordinary!

    And I miss your politics, but I also understand an effort in the direction of generativity: food, art, fresh air.

  2. You're too kind. Thank you.

    Right now I don't have the heart for the world of politics. It's as if I've said all I can say and still nothing changes. I continue to read you and others who do such a fine job of writing...

  3. I love this! And I love the title - it does remind me of a retro Christmas mood feeling :)

  4. Thank you! The title came to me because I was three years old in 1944 and I have a dim memory of Christmas...hence the muted colors.
    The panel is 24" square and is now on the wall of the Chico Sports Club cafe. It also has a price tag of $120. If I sell it I can buy more paint!

  5. I should add that the war was still going on in 1944 and that contributed to the 'dark' feeling. But...I also painted another (similar) in bright colors, orange and red and gold and that is titled Christmas 1945. That reflects the fact that the war was over! I'm speaking of WWII. I know that we have had dozens of wars since...sigh.