Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!!

Well, more excuses…My “almost daily painting blog” is becoming my “almost monthly painting blog”! Again, I do apologize. Our high speed is still not up, therefore, I can’t upload any quality images (way… too… slow) OMG! But to be completely honest, I haven’t got anything new to show as of yet. I hope to get back on the bandwagon after Christmas. My commission is minutes away from being finished, which will free up my precious moments for other pursuits.
I got my early Christmas present today…Yah RIGHT!! 3 wisdom teeth pulled in one day. “On the first day of christmas my true love gave to me…1 top right molar, and a partridge in a pear tree…” Percoset is great, though. I’ve never been “put under” before either. Never done drugs, never smoked, etc…yah, the typical, unpopular goody goody. I hope to be past the unpopular stage and maybe just be called a granola head or something, but, anyways.

Being put under is pretty cool. The attendants are talking away, chatting about which prescriptions to take and then I’m looking at the ceiling, and it’s kind of undulating, like waves on a beach. It finally comes into focus and there’s my husband. “Hey honey, we can go now.”
I’m like, “Wild…don’t I have to get some teeth pulled?”
He says “No, you’re done,” and then I realize that my face feels like one solid piece of ice from my eyes down. Otherwise, I feel fine. I wish labor was like that! Oh, your having a baby?…Here it is darling…you’re all done!
Well, I hope everyone out there is having a wonderful holiday season. I know I will. We’re heading to Maui in a couple of weeks. We’ll have high speed there, and also plenty of inspiration, and time to paint. So you’ll be hearing much more of me in the New Year.
Uh oh, the percoset kicking in. I’d better go to bed before I start writing more gibberish.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! HO, HO, HO!


I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks since my last post. Almost Daily Painting Blog is a little inaccurate at the moment. I must apologize. My brain is having a difficult time reacting to the actual passing of time. I’ll think, “Oh yeah, I have to do that this week.” But, it was actually last week I was supposed to do it, and I just haven’t caught up yet, do you catch my drift? It’s not that my life is crazy busy or anything. It’s just the normal stay at home mom, self-employed, wife and housekeeper thing..writing a book, doing school work, looking after children and husband, trying to keep the house clean and family fed, and oh yeah, paint! Maybe I’ve just faltered in the time management area…or is it the fact that basically since the time change, I’m back to living on four hours of sleep a night? (Whoever invented that wonderful thing didn’t have kids! Mine are still convinced that 4 a.m. is 5, etc…) Whatever it is, production has drastically been reduced, it’s down to just plain old surviving. Said assignment that was due is now very overdue, I had to call in for an extension…said commission is…well…it’s started. I have been painting this week, trying to get it done, and right now it’s at that stage, that awful, horrible, stage where I want to throw it out the window and start over! I worked for over an hour tonight, and it just seemed to make it worse and worse. Every brush-stroke created mud, and it felt like I had completely forgotten how to paint. I was doing things backwards, like working on little details first! I mean, come on Tahirih, I learned that stuff back in high school, and here I am, my little 01 paintbrush, painting a corsage before the jacket was even blocked in. Well, needless to say, I gave up in disgust.
What is it about a commission that makes it so difficult? Is it performance anxiety? I can whip off a painting for myself in about 4 hours some nights, and it turns out beautifully. As soon as it’s for someone who is paying me, it takes me longer than that to convince my ass into the studio. Then, I start painting corsages right of the bat, and forget what happens when you mix blue and yellow! Help!
Sorry no picture to post tonight, either. My high speed is down, and I’m suffering with very slow dial-up. It took me ten minutes just to log in to blogger.
Well, I certainly hope I have something to show you soon.
Goodnight all.