Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On The Dark Side

The name of my latest piece pretty much sums up how I have been feeling the last week or so. The weather in Michigan, like a lot of the country has been downright crummy! We have had nothing but black skies and snow and rain. I always feel colder when it is above freezing and wet outside. It seems to go right through me the older I get. I have been living in my studio keeping away from the weather. That is OK. If I was still working I would be getting up at 4:30 to face the crummy weather!
I always feel inadequate in my posts because my life is much the same from day to day. No events to describe in colorful detail or observations on life in general. I could lament about politics, but I think most of us are downright sick of that. Not that I am complaining. What that means is there are no crisis, illness or other problems in my life. Boring is good.
I am really looking forward to spring and we had a glimpse of it today. The sky was blue, and the sun was warm. For the second year in a row, we have a rabbit living under our porch and I have been watching him (and he me) from our lower level kitchen. He is obviously enjoying the warmer weather. He watches me with nervous attention waiting to see what I will do. When my daughter came home from work she exclaimed "baby bunnies!" I freaked out. I thought we had a clutch of little rabbits all living under our porch. I had visions of our golden retrievers chasing half dozen bunnies through our yard. False alarm. She didn't realize we had ONE rabbit, so she was all excited.
Daylight savings time has added time for me in my studio. I really enjoy painting in the daylight although I always use additional lighting. More hours in the studio and less time to snack! I have recently eliminated sugar completely from my diet and reduced the carbs. Till I get used to this new regiment I am craving sugar like mad. Keep painting Keep painting.
Till next time


Mona said...

Gail, That arch really makes this one special. Is it a local landmark?

Gail Hayton said...

Thanks. This is called arch rock and it is a landmark on Mackinac Island. I have painted this arch before, but alway from the other side when it is drenched in the sun. To get the reference shot for this painting my husband and I were standing on a beach on the Lake Huron side of the island about a hundred feet below the arch. It was taken late in the day.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

I agree with Mona, the arch really makes this. Nice movement though the piece too.

It's dark here today and rain too, but we don't have the cold like you do. It was beautiful and sunny most of the week and we even reached 65, so guess I can't complain. Good luck with the sugar craving.

Gail Hayton said...

Thanks Barbara,
Weather is improving and sugar craving is OK-so life is good!

DEB said...

Well, your mood may be dark, but that painting is beautiful Gail! Spring is around the corner, and your paintings always make me think spring!!

Gail Hayton said...

Thanks Deb,
That is exactly what I want to convey in my pieces!