Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Who or Whom?

I am listening to two owls tonight...hooting to each other outside my studio window.  They sound friendly and I really think they are owls, and not someone pretending to be an owl:)  They are the first ones I have heard this year, and I am hoping it is a sign of Spring.  This winter has seemed so long!!! I went to book club this morning, and one of my friends there said that her daffodils had not bloomed yet, and how unusual that was.  She said in all of the years she has lived here that they have always bloomed in February.  I think she has been in Idaho longer than I have.  I can't believe we have lived here 30 years!  It will be 31 in November.  Time seems so much quicker now.  What has changed to make me think so?  I'm not sure.
I haven't written in my blog for quite a while.  It's not that I don't think about it.  But I am pretty busy with my Dad.  I drive over there most every day to visit him at his house.  It's a long drive, but it is worth it to see him smile.  He looks forward to me coming and taking him for a drive.  We usually just drive to McDonald's and get a diet Coke.  He likes that he can get a large for only $1.  Then we drive to a park or just sit in the car in the parking lot.  He likes to go to parks though, and watch the squirrels.  And the people.  So many people have dogs and it is fun for him to watch the dogs run and chase the squirrels:) or the balls, or sticks or whatever.  When the weather is much warmer I plan to take my scooter over and we will have a real adventure.  I think he would like to drive it along the greenbelt.  We shall see.
For book club we read, Dead Wake.  It was a fascinating book about the sinking of the Lusitania...and so much more.  I like that we read interesting things.  Next month it is my turn to lead a discussion.  We will be reading, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.  I have wanted to read this for a while now.  Mel read it and thought it was good, though sad.  I know a little of the content, but I really think it would be a timely read.
I have finished my painting of the man in the red turban.  I like it a lot.  Probably because it was not my idea:)  I feel that copying a masterpiece has taught me so much about classical painting.  I was a little discouraged for a while because I didn't know how to finish the flesh part of the painting.  My teacher passed away last year before I learned that from him.  He was such a talented artist!  Luckily he made videos of his method and a friend of mine bought them.  So I remembered her talking about that and borrowed one of the discs that talks about painting flesh.  It really helped!  And so I finished the painting.  I still need to sign it...my name plus Jan Van Eyck.  But I found a nice frame.  And for once I think the painting looks better in real life than a photo.  It is not so bright.  So I have made progress.  Whew!
Well, I guess I had better end this.  Melody

1 comment:

LeAnn said...

I have missed your blog dear friend. I am happy to see you back writing again. I do see birds coming around but no other signs of spring here. We finally had 66 degrees today so there is hope. I know that my children in Idaho have almost been snowed out.
I love what you do with your Dad. Enjoy every precious moment with him because I really miss my Dad and Mom. You will be so happy that you spent the time with him. I am sure he loves what you are doing for him.
I am so impressed with your art. I think you did a fantastic job on this one. I made it bigger on the computer to see it and I think you are so talented.
Blessinga and hugs for this one!