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Bad Attitude Kitty on the windowsill – 1/2 sheet of cold press 140# Arches

Jim  and I used to write to each other all the time when he first moved down to Florida from NYC after we finished college.  Then we made a little money and graduated to phone calls.  Shortly after that we got computers and could instant message and email.  We fell silent for a while, mostly out of laziness and partly because Jim lost some of his hearing and phone calls mostly consisted of WHAT?  HUH?  SAY AGAIN?

Now we have facetime!  We can see each other while we talk.  Which eliminates some of the WHAT? because we can see each other but doesn’t eliminate the WTF! when the internet connection drops.   Damn Time Warner Rat Bastard Cable!

I also recently got SKYPE to talk to Martin in Argentina who kindly offered to help with my español!   Neither of us are sophisticated enough to have cameras on our computers, but we were able to speak both in English and Spanish (but mostly English) and even The Husband got to say a few words to Martin in Spanish.  After we all hung up from Skype, the Husband turned to me and said “that’s magic!”.  And it was,  who knew that someday we could speak to someone we never met, thousands of miles away, not worry about long distance and international charges and just chat!   I’m sure there are a zillion technical explanations as to how all this internet stuff works, but I’m going either with the recently deceased  Alaskan Senator, Ted Stevens who said the internet was a series of tubes…or magic.

Above is a watercolor of a cat with a bad attitude on a windowsill 5 stories above W. 14th Street.  I tried to get the curtains billowy, like I did here, but wasn’t as successful.  Oh well.  I like the buildings outside the windows and the composition.

On another note, the lovely and talented Cathyann Burgess gave me this award.    Thank you very much Cathyann!   I was surprised and honored.

So, now I’m supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and forward the award.  I hereby forward this award to everyone on my blogroll.  They are the folks that I like to visit often and always inspire me to be a better artist and writer.

As far as the 7 things about myself?   I’m a New Yorker, I’m not just going to give away personal information like that!   So feel free to make up 7 things you think you know about me and we can call it a day.

I don’t get Irish Coffee.  Why would you drink a caffeinated beverage that has alcohol in it?  Wake you up slap you down, wake you up, slap you down till you don’t know whether you’re coming or going.  This came up while walking with Charlie.  He wanted to find some Four Loko.  Just because.   I think it was just because he had some minor surgery and was still enjoying the pain medication.   Apparently Four Loko is some super caffeinated malt beverage with a large amount of alcohol in it.  So much so that kids not only loved it, but were hallucinating from it.  Oh those kids.  When we wanted to hallucinate we knew what to use.  And it wasn’t a caffeinated beverage.

This won’t be a very long post.  The Tony Awards are on and I have to get my evil twin to stop singing and tap dancing to all the musical numbers.  (Maybe I’m just hallucinating…could someone pass me some more Four Loko?)

The painting above was done from a reference photo from an out of print book by the watercolor artist John Yardley.  I loved the sheerness of the curtains over the windows and outdoor foliage.  This is not an exact duplication. Outside my windows it looks like a cloudy day.Outside his windows it looks sunny and bright.  Sigh!  I’ve done paintings from images by Mel Stabin, Charles Reid and now Mr. Yardley.  All of them have been excellent learning experiences.  I think this one was too.   There is so much to learn. I think I will stop learning when it’s finally curtains for me.  And speaking of curtains, the big, red, velvet one is coming back up at the Tonys.  Gotta run.  I just love that Neil Patrick Harris.

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