Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New business card

I had leftover business cardstock paper from my bookkeeping business. No reason to waste it, so I created a new business card for my art business, using my most recent painting. Bookkeeping business is under agreement, but no closing date set yet. I am hoping to retire by the summer.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dorr's Pond

Took a walk Saturday. 24 degrees F that morning. Spring is very slow coming. Maybe next week. The geese were out on the soccer fields. The snow had melted there since it is open to the sun. The paths around the pond were still icy so we did not walk in that direction.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

writing letters in my head

I take a little break from reading
to get a snack or cup of tea
close my eyes for a moment
and rest my mind from concentration
suddenly I’m writing letters in my head
the monkey brain at work
always chattering away
for a quiet person I seem to have
a lot of noise going on there
thankfully no one else hears it

I tease my husband
and laughingly tell him
he is full of words pouring out
page after page in his novels
but my words just float around
quietly in my head
sometimes they make it
to a poem or letter
but more often they just disappear
other words appearing in their place
or conversations go on in my mind
I assume between my id and ego
but I hear them as my mother
or father giving me advice
only it’s really me in that place now
as mother and matriarch

when I’m tired of listening
I turn on music
or go back to my book
it is still a struggle to
stay in the moment
be present to others
but as a creative person
I know it’s also a gift
and I am thankful for
the gift of words

copyright 2011 Linda H. Feinberg

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sunrise on the 2nd day of spring in NH

It's a good thing I like snow! Luckily, we didn't need to shovel this small amount and it will melt quickly.

We have several squirrels that visit every day and eat the sunflower seeds we put out on the railing.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Twin Falls Bridge

I'm pleased with the way this is coming out. It was easier to work with the oil pastels in the little bits of time that I had available. No messy cleanup, no paint brushes or palettes to worry about.

This is the bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. Painting done from photo taken on trip several years ago.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Work in Progress

No time for blogging this week. I'm really looking forward to the sale of my business and retirement in a few months. Meanwhile, I am working on art in bits and pieces.

This is an oil pastel drawing/painting on cold press watercolor paper. I started by following the directions in a book, but gave up after a while and I'm just proceeding on my own now. The book is "Oil Pastel Step by Step" by Nathan Rohlander. He recommends gesso on the paper, then a mixture of matt medium & ultramarine blue as a base before doing the painting. He didn't explain well about the blue and I think I had too much blue and should have had more matt medium, less blue. Anyway, it is getting covered up as I use the oil pastels.

The image was of a bridge in Twin Falls where there were people parachuting (gliders?) off the bridge. It was an interesting place to stop and take a break on a long drive from Boise (Idaho) to Salt Lake City (Utah) through the state of Nevada.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Red Rock Canyon (finished)

I think this painting is finished now. I just need to varnish it. I added a few more yucca leaves and made the tops of the mountains more irregular. One of my painting friends suggested that the tops shouldn't be so rounded. Thanks.