Thursday, July 05, 2012

Dilapidated Barn and Hay - Another View

1/2 sheet
Arches 140#CP

Ah retirement! Folks warned me that once they retired they were often more busy than when they were working. And am I finding that to be true! All of a sudden, I have obligations and commitments that seem to be taking more time than my 12-hour days at work!! Go figure!! LOL All I know is that I seem to have less time to paint than I did before -- and I really need to change that!

This is another view of the dilapdidated Oxford barn I painted earlier. I can't seem to keep a barn for myself as they are well liked and, gratefully, are selling well. I'm also working on a 2013 calendar of area barns and I need at least two more paintings for that collection. I've taken the photos of some marvelous old barns I wans to include - now I just need to stay home long enough to paint them!

I got to see my grandchildren earlier this week... a gift I've been hoping for for a long time. We've also set a movie date next week - and promises of individually-planned activities for each grandchild. I am thrilled to finally be able to do this! I've made plans to see my mom and catch up with her, and now to schedule a long weekend with my daughter and my granddaughters. And yes, fit in more of that much needed cleaning and reorganizing.

I still haven't felt that "nothing to do" feeling, but I know it will come eventually. Meanwhile I'm enjoyed all those things I've had to put off ....

Our weather has been insanely hot -- days upon days of temperatures in the 100sF with equal humidity. I go outside early in the mornings to water some of the plants, then stay indoors so breathing is possible. We've not had a lot of rain, but next week is supposed to bring a cold front and some precipitation (fingers crossed).

I hope the rest of your week is terrific!


Janina B. said...

Ein Aquarell voll mit Sonne. Ich mag die nebelige Weite in Deinem Bild.
Grüsse Dich

maria said...

es ist sommer lin.....ganz so ist es auf deinem aquarell ersichtlich, flirrende hitze mit aufsteigendem nebel, ich kenne diese felder aus meiner kindheit, nun in der heutigen zeit werden sie immer weniger..........schade
ein schönes weekend liebe grüße

Lorraine said...

This is another winner Lin and I love all the details and all your colors blend so well together. They just keep getting better and better.

I think it's a great idea to do a calendar just of these scenes. It would probably make a terrific gift for people in the Oxford area. Do you think you could find a venue to sell them there? We have a Vt. artist who does drawings of KY historical places and our credit union used to by them in bulk give them away to CU members. Maybe you could find a business in town to sponsor you or at least let you place the calendars there for sale.

Lorraine said...

Whoops, I meant a KY artist. I guess my brain is going to start reverting back to childhood full time now!!

Joan T said...

Beautiful job on the barn and the hay!!! I can see why they sell so fast.

Passing thru the Carolinas we had views of some barns and hay bales, but it was much too hot to even think of getting out of the car to take photos. It was 105 here in Roanoke when we came back from dinner. Hope NY isn't that hot when we get back tomorrow.