The days and weeks seem to be hurtling by at warp speed and I find it hard to believe that we are now only two weeks from Christmas.
It was especially difficult on a rare day like today when it felt like spring was just around the corner - which it certainly isn't - so I took Bella for a walk on the Dyke in sunshine and a balmy 8 degree C. with no wind, and it was lovely! The water was silky and full of overwintering sea birds while large groups of geese were chattering to each other while flying in large circles overhead, having fun I suppose - I wish I knew what they were talking about, maybe just the weather? - while a pair of bald eagles were also having a conversation in one of the tall trees.
A day like today is like an unexpected gift to be cherished and remembered when the usual depressing dark, gloomy and wet days return - I wish that the weather didn't affect me as much as it does, and I am surely not alone in this - but I keep my fingers crossed for a continuing mild winter, so that we can avoid a repeat of last year's mess!
Another thing to be grateful for is that my back problem has calmed down considerably, due to lots of rest and a careful avoidance of aggravating activities, and as long as I am not pushing it life is much easier at the moment; but I have always been physically very active and find resting so much boring and a waste of time that could be used in much more productive ways. So little by little I am trying to get things done anyway without risking too much of a backlash, and the two small paintings above are just finished I think - they may still need a touch here or there when I have looked at them for a while - and this little diptych below has also emerged safely:
I'm not happy with how the colors turned out on these photos: the original paintings are much more subtle and varied as is often the case as the camera doesn't pick up a lot of variations - the two top ones are too pale with the reds too red and the one above is too bright and sharp. My computer died a few weeks ago and I had to have a new hard drive installed. The result of that is that my photo editing program as well as some others had to be re-installed and everything is now totally disorganized: it all looks different and it will take me a lot of time and effort to try and figure out how to organize it all over again, as well as get used to new ways - nothing works the same. Why is it that as soon as you have everything the way you want it, something goes wrong and you have to start all over again?? Well I guess that's life.
Anyway, painting and dealing with the computer issues will have to take a back seat to Christmas preparations for a bit even if I don't do a lot anymore - still I do have to find gifts for especially my five lovely young grandkids; the three boys are easier now, when they really just want money so they can go shopping themselves or save up for bigger items, but the two girls are still young enough for that to be a bit early: there has to be a package they can open! And I have to find unique, personal and great gifts for their parents, who already have everything many times over - and as we have limited the amounts that can be spent - they shouldn't cost much!
But THEN I have two large canvasses waiting for me that I hope to be able to manage with appropriate caution and a fine balance of staying safe and risking flare-ups; the small pieces are much safer but also a lot less satisfying!
So wish me luck - and I hope that the coming Holiday Season will be safe for the whole world and for everyone in it!