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misty landscape 6-9-13

Last night I took a special basic beginner yoga workshop at a local yoga studio.  I was the oldest person in the class. I cannot move today.  I’m already on my second dose of ibuprofen.  They have yoga classes for kids and pregnant women, why not for people who have AARP cards?  You know,  older, stiffer, heavier people, not those 20 year olds with no body fat.  Really, what do they need yoga for?

Not long ago I also took another basic yoga class at my gym.  That one was a little easier, but  so far I’m not feeling the so called benefits.  However, I am stubborn and will continue until I can walk down a flight of stairs on my hands with my feet behind my head.  Or die trying.  (If anyone wants to offer odds, I’d suggest go with the “die trying” as the safer bet.)

I told my friend about the class and she said she liked the yoga part but didn’t like all the woo-woo stuff that goes with it. Bring your chi up through your center and breathe.”   My friend says “leave my chi alone.  Nothing to chi here!”

I laughed.  But I like the woo-woo stuff.  I don’t necessarily believe it, but I want to (just like I want to like yoga).   For the woo-woo stuff I watch the TV show LonG Island Medium (The “G” is hard if you live on LonGIsland!)  Besides the over-styled, over hair sprayed hair and those fake nails, what fascinates me here is a woman who says she’s a medium (a person who can communicate with the “other side” or dead people.)  She does a reading and when she tells someone something like “Spirit is telling me you just ironed your dead husband’s shirt” and the person says yes, Theresa, the Long Island Medium will SCREAM “SHUT UP!”  and be more surprised than her client. Why is she surprised?   She does this for a living.  I’m confused.

Have you ever been to a medium?   I’ve only been to larges.  (That was a super-bad joke, sorry.)

The Husband is still talking about moving out west.  In preparation, I’m still doing paintings of mountains and trees.  Although the top row looks a little like a skyline to me.  You can take the girl out of the city….

This is a work in progress.   I did some washes and will go back and define some of the trees and see if I can get some mist going in the trees as well.  Stay tuned.

I finished the sea lion on the rocks painting from the previous post which you can see here.

Rocky Mountains Colorado April 2013Rocky Mountains, Colorado – Watercolor on 1/4 Arches  140 # cold press

Two weeks ago the Husband and I took a trip to Denver to attend the opening of Sense and Sensibility, The Musical at the Denver Center Theatre Company. My sister, Alice the overachiever, is co-producing this show and I am happy to report that the opening was a grand success and the reviews were all fabulous! (Yay Alice!)  The play is based on Jane Austen’s book and I was thrilled to see some people attend the show in full Regency costume.  Oh those Jane Austen people.  If you’re in the area, don’t miss it!

We also got to experience three, count ’em three, seasons in one week in Denver.  We arrived to a balmy mid-seventies day only to find the temperature drop dramatically and the wind pick up. And then it started to snow.   I wore my winter silks thermal underwear more that one week than the whole winter in NYC.  Ok,  that may have been too much information regarding my underwear, but still…baby it was cold outside.  It slowly warmed up again and we got outta there just in time.  Denver got three more feet of snow right after we left.

When not attending theatre openings we ventured out into the mountains and museums.  The day it snowed we went to the Denver Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature and Science.  We were also able to visit Rocky Mountain National Park and Red Rocks Amphitheatre where my brother who does not read my blog chose to do his imitation of Bono of U2 saying “this is Red Rocks” about three billion times.  My brother can say anything three billion times.  He always makes me laugh.

The mountains were spectacular so of course I wanted to paint them.  I decided to try a style I saw demo-ed at the Salmagundi Club.  The demo was by an artist named Joel Popadics.  He only does at a maximum three washes of color.  If you recall (and if you don’t you can read my previous blog post, I’ll wait for you.) I had taken a watercolor workshop with Antonio Masi who can do up to 60 or more washes of color on his paintings.

Boy was I confused.

I wanted to do this painting with fewer washes of color than I normally use, which I did, but ended up doing more than three.  (But not 60.)

The frigate bird I was working on is here.  I don’t remember if it is a “GRAND” or “MAGNIFICENT” frigate bird because I’m sure I was drifting as the naturalist in the Galápagos droned on and on talked about the different kinds of frigate birds. I almost said “frig it” to the painting, but it’s another learning opportunity.  Antonio Masi told us never to throw anything away.  We can go back and look at it later on and learn from it.

frigate 4-21-13

And for a  laugh here’s me with my Peruvian Hat and some shades I found somewhere between Denver and Boulder.  My brother who does not read my blog claims I look like someone looking for the medical marijuana store.   Dude!

Dude, where's my shades april 2013

Ginkgo leaves 9″ x 12″ on 140# Arches cold press

Blue Shadows 9″ x 12″ on 140# Arches cold press

I walked onto 5th Ave yesterday and WOW!  The trees all have white flowers on them.  Yippee, it’s Spring.   I can’t wait to see the cherry blossoms this year. In the meantime, Happy Easter.  Don’t eat too much chocolate. like I’ve already done.

I used  leaves to create the two images above.  I came up with a composition that I liked, and then painted a light wash around the first leaf. I then added a second and a third (both in leaves and washes).

According to my brother (who won’t read my blog) it’s not Easter until he sends me this:

It makes me laugh every year.  Enjoy.

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