Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day

Today was perhaps one of the most beautiful Canada Days I've ever
witnessed. Steven and I sat on the back porch and toasted the day
with coffee. The temperature was ideal -- warm without being hot.
A clear blue sky with the odd tiny cloud lifted my spirits. Everything
took on the sparkly glow we associate with summer. Delightful.

I picked more cherries -- a few handfuls then concentrated all day
on painting. I was getting work ready for a show. So here's what I did to one painting -- The Poem, that I worked on all day.

I am finally happy with it, but the two of us struggled. Balancing
staying loose with doing enough to please my eyes is my current obsession. I loved this painting
when it was fresh, and I still like it after I've "fixed it up." But
I may still want to work on it. The top image is the first go,
the bottom my changes.

I hope you had a great Canada Day. If you aren't in Canada,
I hope you just had a great -----------(your country name)

Have a return-to-bliss-day .

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