I am heading out this morning at 8 a.m. to a watercolor workshop down toward L.A. With so many things in boxes, waiting to be placed somewhere in the studio, I’m lucky to have anything to take with me. It’s amazing how simple the flood was (we had a pipe break, FYI), how long it took to repair all the damage and do the upgrades (why not since the whole house was torn up), and how much longer it seems it will take to put our lives back together. Like finding a specific brush or some paper or whatever. I did some unpacking yesterday, and today, no . . . watercolor instead. We were joking that it will probably take longer to unpack than any other part of this home repair adventure!
It’s been a nutty week. Crazy end-of-the-school-year stuff. Testing. Stressed out kids. I can hardly wait to be done with it all, and even more so, done with working and having a life during retirement. To make life productive on a personal level, I’ve tried to draw or paint every morning before heading out to work. Simple sketches, no lines, using watercolors as the way to do things. Nothing really exciting is being produced, but what is good is the daily practice. It does make things work better and it adds to a store of knowledge that comes only with practice. Here are some of the things I did this week.
As well as putting my art supplies and books back together, my photography stuff is slowly getting straightened out. I picked up some film I had processed. I took both my Nikon Df and my Oly OM4-T with me to the botanical gardens down the road. Film always has a quality to it which digital lacks. I was excited to see how the auto exposure feature worked on the Oly as I only recently acquired the camera and had a test batch of Kodak Ultramax 400 in it. I used a 35-70mm zoom, and was really pleased with a number of the photos. Everything was in bloom – or ready to bloom – so I tried to catch as many colors as possible, from deep reds to pink to yellow and white. I am really glad to have space now to keep my Pakon 135 set up, and the laptop I use exclusively with it, in its own space, plugged in and ready to roll.
Now, look at my check list and get on with the day! While I am gone, J is gonna be brewing. What happy little campers we will be at the end of the day!