Never too old

I had a job that required that I run in order to keep said job. This was not running for leisure.  No that wasn’t going to happen. I ran against my employer’s clock. A clock that I never saw.

I was adventurally  able to run fast enough to please the clock. Since the clock was pleased I was hired.  I never ran again.

So now at the ripe age of 58 I have started running.  Do I love it?  Nope. So why do it?  Well I found that I come up with some pretty good ideas while my feet hit the pavement.  That sort of surprised me   Who doesn’t want the key to creativity.   So now I run. I am only up to 2 miles but that is ok. I am sort of proud of myself. Another benefit – improved self.

So I run therefore I paint.   😎

House Forgotten

I have taken a lot of pictures of this birds nest. I remember the work that went into this little home. I was concerned about the nest being built on the porch ledge but I am not a builder. I would later learn that this nest is very sturdy.  High winds and bad weather had no effect.

Two families were born and raised in this nest. I must say the second batch of kids was hard on mama robin. Gone were her well groomed feathers as she worked to feed her family. She looked tired an only seemed to move from her nest when we were “really, really” too close. The babies were constantly demanding food.

The nest is empty now. The wood from the porch railing is clearly visible when you look inside.   A lone leaf is left behind. This last batch of babies were hard on the nest and their mom. A new nest will be needed in the spring should they return.

They were good neighbors even though the kids were constantly running their birdie voices at 5 am wanting food. I think mama robin deserves a much needed rest.

Banner Day in Watertown

A few years ago I agreed to paint a banner that would be hung up on Main Street in Watertown, Wisconsin. This has since become a yearly event in the city and a way to raise money for the arts.  This year I agreed to do two banners. That is four paintings!

The hardest thing is too come up with an idea. This banner reflects our time spent in Australia and the art done by the Aborigines.  They do amazing work by putting dots of color in their pictures. I really found the art striking. So I decidedly to put a similar design on my banner.

The banners go on sale in the fall. My daughter has directed me to bid on this one.  She says it will look great hanging in her home in Texas.

24″x36″ canvas, acrylic