It's about boredom!!! I seldom am bored but today after our bad rain and wind storm yesterday,I am just that. There is paint on the canvas drying, smaller acrylic paintings are waiting for me to start for our Tourist Season, but with all the shops closing around us these past weeks here in our small town, it does put a damper on my usual up beat attitude. This time of year I am usually working on smaller stick in your suitcase type paintings for our local little craft shops. Instead I find myself wanting to explore different directions and work outside my norm. Not excited about the Tourism Season like other years, thinking it might be slow with all that is happening in the World, Japan, our Election ,all of this .Past years we would right now be getting ready for the Seasonal markets and Craft Shows. Always on the road ,always lugging heavy Box's and trying in between shows to think of easier and faster set ups. I would always joke with the other crafts people tearing down after a long not always so successful weekend of selling about how we all should be thinking of a feather product instead of heavy boat pieces like myself or even our friends who have painted rocks. Jewelry was always on my mind for a nice light easy set up product, but I would be my own best costumer :-)The shows back when we started doing them in the late 70's were much different then shows today, the price for one thing was much lower. It was allways busy with bodies and you could hear a buzz of voices .Four day shows we found to be a long haul and Fridays being so slow most times for all. I can remember ,a few of those last shows we did, the Arena was empty at times and all 250 of us (sellers )were doing ,"The Crafter's stroll" this became our name for what we did on a low or no costumer day as we walked around chit chatting with the other's. There were a few of these days in those later years. Don't get me wrong ,there are still Markets and Shows but the good old days are gone and I am slowing down myself regarding that part of my life. Again ,I am not going anywhere ,but will be taking more time to head for sand and surf this Summer as well as a nice cool river to play in and enjoy in the Months to come,while sketching and photographing on location in preparation for the next cold winter days work ahead. My plan is to have a note pad near the front door here this Summer and if anyone drops by to see any paintings and I am not here and they can come back ,please leave a message as to when you can return and I will call you when I return. Today it is hard to even think of a bicycle picnic or a dip in the River when you step outside. Just the other day I was working outside in shirt sleeves, cleaning up all the Belle Puppy mess from over the Winter.It is Spring and my Crocus heads have popped out but today I am hoping they have little coats for it would freeze the *****off a brass monkey out there.:-) Yesterday, during all that rain we had, some had snow,some had both,we had a leak in our living room ceiling. Our Diva dog friend Laura was here , she was laying on the sofa when all of a sudden she looks up ,there was water dripping on her head. Furniture needed to be moved and try and find a place to move the furniture in this small of a house to make room for buckets to catch drips. We investigated this morning and sure enough it is coming from the roof area where we do see we need to re shingle this Summer. At one point yesterday we thought the water could possibly be coming from a cast iron pipe which can be seen in an upstairs crawl space in the bathroom. Happy to say , it looks like we don't need a plumber after all, only a roofer, and when that day comes you will see Chuck and I on cleanup duty while our Dear friend and our Son rescue us with their abilities as well as any other kind able bodied soul out there who would be sweet enough to help. Us not being the little work pigs we use to be.We will though,get the job done.
Actually I am so looking forward to nice weather and getting our drums out on the deck on a warm day. Thank goodness we start and finish early these days when we drum,living in town ,playing drums late into the night outside may not be something the neighbors would enjoy :-) one day Chuck ran into someone at the Post Office and they asked if he was the person who played the drums up on our street? He said yes, waiting to be told something not so nice, well ,this person said he lived on the street behind us and that he and his wife loved our music, well gee, maybe we found some new drummers to join in, we could get kicked out of town yet:-) Maybe I will bang on a drum for awhile today still..that will kill time while paint is drying. I am working on what I titled "Summer Garden" I will share here,when it's done.