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Another sleepless night...

LOL! The title of this post sounds like it would work for an angsty story. It's 5:40 am of the second sleepless night in a row. Pain in my shoulder is too bad to get comfortable or relax. Ah, well, you know pain -- it comes, it goes, all the rain doesn't help, and the best antidote is to think about something else and do something that's fun.

Speaking of fun, (wasn't that a neat segue!), I signed up for art lessons today! Painting, like writing, has been one of my lifelong dreams. Used to muck around with pastels and charcoal sketches, as well as oils in my youth, and I draw a pretty good horse, lol! Have not bad colour sense. But I never took lessons (well, until Lorraine spent an afternoon at Moonridge with me this past summer -- thanks, Lorraine!). Well, Lorraine is very kind and told me that I have potential. You can see what we worked on that day in Trick or Treat, movie six in the Thin Blue Line productions. It's a black and white sketch portrait of Blair of which I am inordinately proud, and I'm grateful to Lorraine for having shown me what to do and for finishing the detail work for me. Lorraine's kind encouragement may have created a monster, we'll see, lol.

In any case, these particular lessons will be in acrylics and will probably focus on landscapes -- with the mountains, forests, rivers and streams around here, there's some great landscape to paint. The artist is well known locally and has a great rep for teaching. The first round is six two-hour weekly sessions starting next Wednesday evening. Maybe I'll paint something for my Mom for Christmas (shades of children proudly bringing their artwork home from school to hang on the fridge!)

I'm hoping for a course in water colours and portraiture will be offered in January, we'll see. It would be with another artist in town. It's such fun to live in an art colony of sorts!

All that to say, I may be in pain and delirious from lack of sleep, but you can colour me happy!

(The icon is courtesy of Lit_gal!)


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Nov. 3rd, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yay Marilyn, budding artiste! (At our age, any time you can be budding is a good thing!) I cannot draw to save my life and, in fact, became desperate with frustration in first grade when required to draw six cows, draw three horses etc. as arithmatic assignments. All my animals looked the same and not very good even as generics. But lately I have had a burning desire to muck about with a potter's wheel and one of these days I will! So like me to be attracted to the messy arts. *g*
Nov. 3rd, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Looking at your drawing in Trick and Treat -- yes you most definitely have potential and I'd love to see more of your artwork gracing the pages of your stories.
I'm glad to hear that you've signed up for the classes. Most of us put the 'I'd really love to do's' of life off until the idea completely disappears. My 'love to do' would be to go and do a refresher piano course. I've become very, very rusty over the years!

Hope the rain stops and the shoulder get a little more bearable.
Nov. 4th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
Well, it's still raining -- but ya gotta love drugs!
Nov. 4th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
Yay You!
Not for the sleepless nights of course, *g*.

The art lessons sound like fun and a great idea. I used to draw a bit, but I never excelled at it. Your first lesson was with Lorraine? Lucky you! I'm sure she was not just being 'very kind' when she said you had potential. (must scurry off to admire your sketch in Trick or Treat) Movie six?!? eeeep!...I'm way behind on my reading.

So...what colour is happy?
Nov. 4th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: Yay You!
maaaaa, hey, thanks for the encouragement! Yep, it was a great afternoon with Lorraine. She had brought all kinds of supplies for us to work with and was very patient with me. We had a crowd of folks in my room, so we perched on chairs beside the bed and used it as our table, lol. She taught me a lot in a short time -- very patient and generous with her knowledge.

What colour is happy? Whatever colour makes you happy, lol. Makes you feel bright and alive, joyful and smiling. Picture, perhaps, a perfect double rainbow over a deep blue harbour, a bridge of light and promise, with the sun shining bright after a crystal rain, the sight lightening your heart as you draw in a deep breath and just enjoy the pleasure of the luminous colours ....
Nov. 4th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
It's a lovely drawing in Trick Or Treat. I don't have an artisitic bone in my body. Even my stick figures look like something else. Hope the shoulder's a little better.
Nov. 4th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
Thanks, Annie. You and Jess are both very kind and encouraging! I've loved to draw from the time I could hold a pencil in my fingers -- take after my Mom that way and she used to give strips of white shelf paper to use to make my pictures. It'd been years, though, since I've done anything before doing the piece with Lorraine and I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm really looking forward to getting back to making pictures come alive on a white piece of canvas.
Nov. 5th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
It's odd because my son and both my grandkids are very talented artists, even little Blayze who at 5 draws very recognisable pictures of her family. I'll just have to content myself with looking at everyone else's talented work. I'm looking fwd to seeing more of your art.
Nov. 11th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Hi Marilyn,

I'm so sorry to hear you've been in such pain and I hope that you'll get some relief so you can rest. I always turn into such an ogre when I don't get enough sleep though you seem to be doing fine. :-)

I do hope you'll enjoy your art classes and I sure wish I could join you! I was most serious when I told you that I thought you had lots of potential and it's so wonderful to see that you're following through. Isn't it great to take classes and learn something new?? :-) Good luck, have *lots* of fun and take care!!
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