Well, I needed a snack!! So last night I made some cookies! One of two favorites, Chocolate Chip cookies with added walnuts. The bag of walnut halves was on sale, too good a sale to pass up so I had to do a little chopping. Oh, and the other favorite but more labor intensive are Pinwheel cookies.
“First Friday Art Walk” event at Highlandtown Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Feb 7, 5 to 9pm. I will be displaying eight pieces of artwork. Please take the time to stop in to see my art along with a host of other wonderful works by other artists.
“The Journey to Ukazoo” book will also be available.
Shown is one of the my eight: “Back to Back”, oil on canvas
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“The House That Jack Built”
A “Thank You” to all those that submitted suggestions of items to be included in the “Second corner” of “The House That Jack Built”.
As I have listed in the schedule, I am posting a past Art image, as an Intermission (I have chocolate chips cookies with a cold glass of milk sitting nearby) while I am selecting items to be used and applying them to the Second Corner Pen & Ink drawing.
The above Oil Painting is entitled “Four Watching”
As I started to learn how to work with Oil paints a few years ago, I contemplated over a few of my earlier Watercolor and Color Pencil drawings and how they would lend themselves as an Oil painting. This 2012 Oil painting is the reworking of a Color pencil drawing I completed in 2006.
Never did figure out what they were watching at the time, but in lieu of this project, they decided to take a moment and watch the ongoing construction of the house. Roy, the gentleman to the left, is contemplating his suggestion for the Third corner.
The continuing posting schedule for the project is, as laid out:
Today, Monday, July 21; An intermission, (post a past art image).
Monday, July 28; Repost the Second corner with added items.
Monday, August 4; Post the Third corner for suggestions of that area.
Continue the sequence, and end the project with the posting of the completed painting.
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Slide Eight: The Letter
Stopped in Waurika, Oklahoma, and found a wonderful rustic looking Bed & Breakfast. Later in the day as I returned to the inn after a walk I found several of the guests conversing in the Dining area. Much of the conversation centered around trying to find a fourth for Pinochle, and not just any Pinochle but Double Deck Partners. Without hesitation I jumped at the opportunity.
Chad, Mitchell, and Trey, as my partner sat down in the dining area to begin playing and it was during our game that John, a rather quiet but slightly emotional owner of the B & B opened a letter from his wife. She had, several days ago, gone to visit and help out a sick friend of theirs. John proceeded to read about his wife’s stay and how during the caring for their friend “she gave thought to what it would be like to fall in love with him and continue to stay even after he had regained his health”. That, upon her decision to stay, she would ask you to “box up and mail all my belongings” and would you “send the checkbook as I would need money to buy fancy new shoes and clothes” and also “have someone bring over the cat too”. The page concluded with “These were some of numerous thoughts that went through my head”.
Reading this created several outbursts of, “oh me’s” “What did I do wrong” and “How could she’s”. I took this picture after John had dropped the letter and he started into the “should I end my life” phase of moaning. Janet, a frequent guest who was sitting nearby, was concerned enough to pick up the dropped letter and looking closely saw that two pages were pressed so close together you thought it was just one sheet. Janet took it upon herself to separate the pages, calm John down, and insist that he read the second page his wife had written that started out with the sentence “but that didn’t happen, couldn’t and wouldn’t happen” and went on about how she found a “reaffirmation of love for John….”.
After the major drama of the letter had subsided and we went back to our game, John regained his composure, relaxed with a glass (or three) of wine, retired to the kitchen to bake a batch of chocolate chips cookies to share, and took requests for drinks. I asked if per chance he had a bottle of a local brewed root beer. He did.
Double Deck Pinochle, exceptional Pinochle players, home baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, local brand of bottled Root Beer. I would have to say that this was one of those-’It doesn’t get any better than this” moments.
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