Tuesday we open:
Like most girls, my daughter went through the Nicholas Sparks stage, she loved The Notebook, she made me watch it once, I agreed because of James Garner, James Garner was the best. It was an Ok movie I never got the whole Nick Sparks thing. Yesterday I finished watching the tear movie of all tear movies. The Normal Heart.
When I paint in my studio I always listen to music, sometimes Eagon and Braude, on NPR, but always the radio or my Itunes play list. Watercolors I paint on the kitchen island, we have a kitchen tv, (that's kinda sad isn't it) but I enjoy it.
I dvr all kinds of movies and Jon Stewart, I paint and listen, Back in May I DVR The Normal Heart on HBO, Never did get around to watching it all summer, but a couple days ago I did.
It was haunting, who knew Matt Bomer could act, Jim Parson was great, and Mark Ruffalo is always great. The worse performance was Julia Roberts. It was haunting that's all I can say. Thank goodness no one has rolodex's any more, I don't think I could see one with out shedding some tears.
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.....Alice Roosevelt Longworth
It's been awhile since I talked about Gonz.... What a great little fella he's turned into, he was always a great little fella to us. Over the summer a few of his issues have dissolved. He no longer tries to end every person that comes to the house. Walking him is no longer a painful chore, that it once could be. He heals.... All I say is Gonzo heal, and he falls in line right next to my left knee. And walks at perfect attention, sits when I stop. We don't walk like that long, Whats the fun in that, its much better letting him smell the roses, chasing the chipmunks, starring bewilderingly at the cows and calf's across the street. And best of all muddle through the streams along the way. Dogs in general are still not entities he wants to mingle with. But I don't enjoy mingling with all people either, maybe he's a profound judge of dog character, who knows. He is pure joy. Almost all the time.
Son is on his way home so excited. Peter has been at Microsoft all summer. He'll be home a few days then he's back at school for his final year.
I can't wait to hear his voice calling out in the morning... the " MA... Ma... " his little smarky comments. Omgoodness. I can't believe it was four years ago that he was going off as a Freshman. and now he's almost done.
Proud parent moment, he's already getting job offers for next year. though I'm still hoping he'll go to grad school. I think i'm fighting a losing battle. Cograts Peter. WE love Washington state. You'll be stuck with us visiting.
My encaustic painting are still a work in progress . I think that"s why I'm enjoying them so much. I love the color in this piece. It is the largest one so far, I can't imagine working on one any larger. it is 4 feet square. Huge for an encaustic. I learned a lot on this one. Let me know what you think....
Last weekend we were at the Mystic Ct Art Festival, it was our first time their. It was huge we were on a side street which when we saw the spot we were not that happy with, but it was in front of the Mystic Art Center so thought well it will be ok. It was wonderful Main street was so packed with people on Saturday that it was hard to move around or for people to even see the art. We had a great spot, it was busy all day, lots of really nice people and lots of great dogs. Sunday I had time to go meet an artist whose blog I read and we've emailed back and forth for awhile.She use to be the editor of my home town paper the Carroll County Times. It was really nice to finally meeting her .http://carriejacobson.blogspot.com/
Sunday we got home a bit earlier than expected. We were ready for sleep and a busy week ahead. At 3 am the phone rang. No good ever comes from a 3 am phone call. It was Sam. Calling from her bed , she said she yelled for us but we never heard her. She dislocated her shoulder while she was sleeping. Sam is always happy to show you the tricks she can do, she's hyper extensive, a bit double jointed on steroids.
Foggy headed 3 am us never thought to call 911 for help, we kept trying to get her up to go to the ER, Sam was in so much pain, She cried call 911, I said that's only for emergency's Sam... "What do you think this is" she yelled back. Ok at 3 am I'm a bit foggy headed. 911 was called. EMT's are special people. We had 2 Pepperell police officers, 4 EMT's, When they were getting her shoulder mobilized for the trip. She passed out came to... ask one of the police officers to hold her hand. There he was down on one knew holding her hand. They are special people.
Not long after we got back home at 6 am, her marching band camp started. She was there. So that's my ramblings for this week.
So Market Basket has been shut down for about three weeks now. If you live in New England you know all about it. If not look it up I think Harvard Business school and Wharton will teach about this for centuries. Diners have become strained, because when you go to make something say you reach in the pantry for chic peas, for chic pea curry. You don't have any chick peas! Why, well when your food shopping i believe you just go up and down the ales putting things in you usually buy as stables with out much thought. Well it seems that if you can't shop where you usually shop, you forget your staples. I've been out of silly things like mayo, its the height of BLT season and no mayo...
Sam and boyfriend are going to the beach after they both get out of work this afternoon she ask me to make and pack them BLT's with the gorgeous tomato's from our garden. No Mayo I made it, OMG its so good who knew.
Here's the recipe just in case you also miss Cains mayo from Market Basket.
1 egg yolk*
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 pinches sugar
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 cup oil, safflower or corn
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/mayonnaise-recipe.html?oc=linkback
If you as how we spent our summer, We'll direct you to the new art co-op Gallery529. I found out about the new art co-op on one the last days of school back in June. Since then the gardeners have been busy fixing the outside grounds the painting committee which is the one I belong to have been busy painting and cleaning the old farmhouse, that use to be a restaurant. Act III which is a jazz club which use to be in Acton will join theirs a bar and a music/jazz room for live bands.
We are a group of 22 artist. the web site is gallery529.com
The soft opening is next Tuesday August 12, the Grand opening coincides with Littleton's 300 celebration on September 6.
Mark it on your calendars.
It always helps to see the image on the screen, I see things I don't , when I'm looking at the painting, colors can be off, trees can look weird, I may not see it on the piece but I see it when its on the computer screen it shouts back at me loud and clear.
This is a beginning of a watercolor on top of Cadillac Mt in Acadia, on a misty morning. In person the background is more blue and not as smokey as it is here.