Opening weekend has now come and gone and it’s time to get back to some painting. It was great to see all of you who stopped by. Again, I cannot thank my family enough for all the help in getting ready. The landscaping that my brother Bob did is great and I am so thankful to him for bringing plants all the way from Seattle. Barbara (my sister-in-law) was very helpful in getting my gallery up to opening readiness, in all kinds of ways. Her pots look great in the gallery too! Jim and Debbie were great too, knowing Deb had the food thing under control was a real relief. Then there was grabbing nephew Tom the minute he came in the door and assigning him to fixing my stereo set up for music in the gallery, job well done Tom! Best of all though was the fun of laughter when the door closed and we were able to enjoy one another’s company. The gift of family is one that I never grow tired of receiving. As the new landscaping grows and blooms, year after year, it will always be a reminder of that gift.
But, the work of painting must continue on. The concept of thinking small usually doesn’t appeal to me but after seeing small paintings by other artists, I’ve decided to do a few myself. I’ve started with watercolors, It’s also a fun way to get a start on exploring some local scenes. It’s also a nice way to continue painting while the gallery is open. With all the odds and ends still to complete before I really feel everything is in place it works well for me to work on small pieces. The smaller paintings will both be on regular watercolor paper and as notecards. I may even paint some postcards. There is such a wealth of new subject matter to delve into I can’t wait to get working on them.