Catching up…

Hello again, Bindlepals.

Among other things, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in teaching two courses this quarter for Olympic College, but those are winding down now. They’ll be done in a week. I’m trying to decide if I want to do that any more. It’s pretty stressful. But the money is actually not bad (well it’s terrible compared to my experience/skills/value of my time but it’s better than a kick in the teeth) and the college matches my input into my retirement fund.
At least I’m off for the summer and have a little while to decide if I want to take any fall courses.

Art and music stuff has had me busy, too. The gallery always gets a LOT of my time. ‘Nuff said about that; herding cats and all. Most of my own creative time has been spent in a mad rush of making pottery things for three upcoming art fairs. They sell better than paintings so that’s the smart thing to do if I want to sell stuff and not just look at it forever. And I love doing it. As for music, The BLP talked me into doing a bunch of gigs with him starting last month and on through the summer, so I’ve had to practice for that.

I had no idea I’d be this not-retired at 68 years old. (that happens in about two weeks. Being 68 I mean.)

Not much painting going on. I did re-paint the background on the piece that is the featured image for this post. It is 36″ x 36″. The flower originally had a black background. Because I painted over an old and failed (and completely different) attempt, the black did not really cover some of the marks from the original piece. The canvas was too big and expensive to toss or burn. (Yes, I do that, too. Annually, in the spring yard-waste fire, a bunch of paintings go up in smoke. It’s rather satisfying, actually!)

So after looking at it for a couple of years, I decided to punch up the color and texture, and now I think it really “pops”. It’s got a new name, too. “Second Chance”. Seemed appropriate.

Before I dive back into the tasks I have to get done, here are a few of my recent pottery pieces.

See you again soon.