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slow

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The internet here is very slow. Very. It has made me realize how fast ours is and how impatient I am with a few minutes (seconds?) delay! So here is a painting of some shell fragments from the bay. I think that they have a certain beauty - maybe because I identify with old these days!
I have to stop painting because I have no good way to bring home wet paintings and they dry very slowly in this humidity. So, until I get back home, take care!

All is well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Just a quick update

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Here is last night's sunset from the causeway as photographed by Sara and today's waves photographed by me. This might not look rough to many of you, but the water at Sanibel is most often more like a big bath tub. Surfers will dismiss this, but it was really windy for a while around noon.
I am not getting much painting done but I have touched up a few older things, done a little shopping and enjoyed the family, so all is well.
XOXOXO,
Caroline

The Piney Woods

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This painting of the pines was also done from one of Mary's photos. Dean thinks that I should include it in the submissions to the Creative arts Guild.Painting it reminded me of summers when we waled under the pines and that hot smell of pine pitch and crushed needles. Pine needles can be very slippery on a slope and can be a little sticky and prickly. We don't have so many pines here in town and I miss them a little. We have mostly maples and across the street a big poplar that shed twigs and blooms in our yard. Trees are such marvelous things and they are cut down every day with very little thought given to what they do for us and how much we need them.
Sermon over. Go hug a tree today!

All will be well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline

And at High Tide

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These last two are from Mary's photos again, this time at high tide. I am going to submit six paintings to the show that I have entered the last two years and can't decide whether to do the four of the marsh plus two not yet painted or the lettuce onion, etc. I have four of those and could add two more there - maybe asparagus or fruit or some such. Any suggestions as to which ones to submit?
The paintings which are selected for the exhibit will be available for sale. I also have to price them; they need to be affordable but not "cheap" which might indicate that they are not worth much to me or anyone else. Any suggestions will be welcome and carefully considered.

All is well and all will be well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Workshop

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I went to Columbia, SC for a workshop at the end of last week and had a wonderful time - once we got there. We left on Thursday about noon so I could be there at 6:30 for the wine and cheese and beginning. Having made the trip several times we decided to go through Atlanta as we usually do. Unfortunately, Friday's rush hour began about 10:00 AM Thursday morning and it took us two hours to get through Atlanta. Then we ran into more parking lot pace in SC, so instead of being early I skidded in about an hour late.

Once begun, though, the workshop was fun and I learned new things and spent time with nice people. Additionally, there is a lovely art supply store and a good restaurant right across the street from our class space. Can't be beat!

I will be working in still life for the most part but I did some landscapes from Mary's photos during the weekend. I have one more to do and it is the most difficult of the bunch as far as I am concerned. Here are the finished ones.
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Wild week

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It was a wild week here. Sunday a week ago we had to move everything to the middle of the rooms so that new windows could be installed. That was done on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. As the old windows, never opened since we have been here because they were painted shut inside and out, were removed soot flew all over the house. I thought that we had gotten rid of it all over the last few years, but there was some in the window innards. We now have windows with double panes that open and close and can be washed from the inside. We hated to take out the old ones with their wavy glass and BB holes, but the time had come to let common sense rule and being able to clean them is really nice. Besides being painted shut the old ones had rusty screens in places and permanent storm windows which provided a dirt trap between window and storm, not reachable by any but spiders.

After moving furniture back and cleaning up there was work done in the garage and then a huge and I mean huge storm du…

Two-fer

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For post number 301 you get two for the price of one. I tried painting this little pitcher with a vine in it two ways - once with the pallet knife and once with the brush. Quite different in feel I think, and I am not sure which I like better. Do you prefer one to the other?


Sorry that one of these is there twice. I can't seem to get rid of it.


Between having taken some allergy medicine and feeling like a zombie today and having all the furniture in the middle of the room so that the workers could get to the windows to replace them, I didn't do much today. I tried to play Words with Friends but kept going to sleep and hitting myself in the face with the iPad! BUT my nose did not run!

All is well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline