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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

So Behind !!






Hi all!

Just a quick note to say that the season has swallowed me and spouse up so that we seem to be running continuously and rarely seeing the studio.

I have had two or three starting attempts, but some alarm goes off in the distance about something and that finishes the start right there. Someone said once, that you get baked in the squat position when that happens! All crouched down preparing the jump and there you get frozen or baked . . . .or whatever . . . .finished before you really start.

Keep checkin' in. Something is bound to appear soon!! Meanwhile, guests are coming this afternoon from out of town and I am off to prep the dinner and party for this evening . . . .instead of painting. (Friends matter too, Mike! Life can't be all at the easel!) Actually, considering that Santa is in the neighborhood, I might as well enjoy the moment . . . .I mean, when you think about it, this really IS the important stuff! So, I will be trying to get to the easel, but there is sooooo much QUALITY TIME to be spent with others in the next few weeks, that daily painting . . . . . . . .well . . .I don't have to explain it. "HO HO HO !!" will suffice

Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and that it is good to you and your loved ones! All the best from our house to yours!

8 comments:

Frank Gardner said...

I have the same feelings Mike. Lots of things to do that don't involve art. So it goes.
Just having a five year old in the house around Christmas is reason enough to not get much else done. And just wait till after Christmas with all those new games and books that we hope Santa will leave under our tree.
I'll keep checking back hoping to get a new post out of you.
Very best wishes to you and yours.

Ambara said...

I know what you mean, friends and family are very important especially this time of the year, at my house we are not only celebrating Christmas, but the Eid-ul-Adha (Muslim holiday) happens to be tomorrow, so big dinner for me to cook and wrap Chrsitmas presents, and...and...and..
maybe I will get to paint next week.
Happy Holidays to all, and all the best for the New Year's

Ambara said...

By the way I love the Santa you painted..Ho..Ho..Ho

silvina said...

Cute Santa, Mike. MERRY CHRISTMAS my blogging friend.

Ebb Tide said...

Hi! I am glad to discover your blog. I am a retired artist and also have an art blog which I started this year (January). Today, I spend time reading your wonderful and interesting blog. I learned so much from your good tips and points. I still paint when in the mood and have the time. I am here in Pacifica (close to S.F.) for 10 days to help out my son w/ his kids.I know you're not very distant from here. While the kids are in school, I keep myself busy looking at other art blogs, which I didn't had the chance to do back home. It's true that this is not the season to do serious painting. For me, the New Year is a good time to paint more when my motivation is high. I'd like to introduce you to my art blog. Pls. check it out:
http://forever-art.blogspot.com/
I'll be back to you blog.rho

Ebb Tide said...

Hi! I am glad to discover your blog. I am a retired artist and also have an art blog which I started this year (January). Today, I spend time reading your wonderful and interesting blog. I learned so much from your good tips and points. I still paint when in the mood and have the time. I am here in Pacifica (close to S.F.) for 10 days to help out my son w/ his kids.I know you're not very distant from here. While the kids are in school, I keep myself busy looking at other art blogs, which I didn't had the chance to do back home. It's true that this is not the season to do serious painting. For me, the New Year is a good time to paint more when my motivation is high. I'd like to introduce you to my art blog. Pls. check it out:
http://forever-art.blogspot.com/
I'll be back to you blog.rho

Jennifer McChristian said...

Love the Santa! Puts me in a merry mood ;-)
Enjoy the holidays and be well!

Anonymous said...

Mike, hope you have a wonderful family holiday.

I stopped into Gallery Amsterdam the day before Christmas to see your artwork. Beautiful! In enjoyed talking with Bea at the desk who's personal favorite was the painting with the cottages on the cliffs.

Happy New Year,
Mary Paquet