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Project 365, #341: Oil Paintings.

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This past week I’ve started working on my oil paintings again, and started a new canvas (pictured above).

I love working with oils. It feels like one of the only times I completely submerge into the purely artistic side; no analyzing, no structure or planning, no rules. Just the color and texture and whatever feels right, because it will always turn out beautiful.

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Fourth Week of September.

The first part of this week’s photos are themed: various art created by my family that’s hanging around the house. And I missed Thursday’s photo because I was having oral surgery that day. I’m still recovering, and there are a couple complications to deal with, but I wanted to get this post up anyway. If anything is in error, blame it on my medication…

 

 

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#265: Mum’s Watercolor.

Mum doesn’t paint very often, but when she does it always turns out dreamy and colorful and beautiful!

 

 

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#266: Brother’s Watercolor.

My brother has always been my idol when it comes to creating art. His talents can shape any medium to his vision. I remember watching him paint when I was a little kid, using a photo as reference.

 

 

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#267: Sunburst in Oils.

I, on the other hand, tend to go for abstract, and stick to oil when painting. This is something I did last year.

 

 

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#268: Bonfire in Oils.

This is from the year before. It was inspired by thinking about the huge Winter Solstice bonfires my family always had back in North Idaho.

 

 

[There will be no photo #269, as this was the day of my surgery.]

 

 

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#270: Art Corner.

The oil paintings I’ve done over the last year. When Mum re-arranged the back room during my Seattle Trip, it created this lovely nook for books and displays.

 

 

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#271: Homeland, by Cory Doctorow.

Being stuck in bed post-op meant plenty of time to finish my newest book from the library: Homeland, sequel to Little Brother by the same author. Both were excellent reads, very interesting and believable commentaries in fiction form about the United States today, often using true events or creating fictionalized versions of true events.

I read Little Brother first, and enjoyed it. There were a few moments where I was frustrated by choices or believes which the narrator made, but felt those actually made the book stronger, because they were all keeping in with the character of a teenage boy. The other interesting thing about the story was to keep in mind when it was written (about four years ago, I believe) and remember how much has changed since then. The ending wrapped things up a little quickly and neatly for me, which made knowing there was a sequel even better.

Homeland was published just this February, making the events in it that much more immediate and real. It was an excellent follow-up, beginning the story a couple years into the future of the same characters. It showed the fall-out of events, and brought new challenges. The changes in the characters’ personalities and reactions, their growth and set-backs since the last book, all felt real and well thought out, making them even more real. The twists and turns, the challenges and action and motivations, the interactions and reactions, all kept me very engaged with both the plot and the characters. And the ending felt less ‘neat’ that the first one, more of the mess and mystery a real-life ending contains.

Something I loved about both books is the way that Cory Doctorow weaves narration out of both story and exposition equally, creating something both educational, accessible, and still fast-paced. This books make a great introduction to technology, cryptology, practical paranoia, and hacking — both computers and life — and each have excellent afterwords with further reading, websites, and other resources.

 

 

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#272: Meds.

Two types of painkillers and an antibiotic, a small sampling of my post-op life.

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Project 365: Catching Up.

I’m a week behind on the photos, but rather than space them out, I’m just going to post pictures and titles to catch up.

However, there is one day’s photo that I do want to talk about in a separate post (thus explaining why there will be a skipped number).

We begin with last Friday…

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#228: Game Night Potluck.

Good food, good friends, good game of dice.

 

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#229: New Haircut.

My shaggy hair needed a trim in the back to be more presentable for future job opportunities. Also, I was getting tired of having so much hair when the weather’s been so hot.

 

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#231: Dessert.

Another coconut flour recipe, this one using peanut butter as the binder instead of eggs. Dad said they were like eating Snickers bars.

 

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#232: Canvas.

I started oil painting again, inspired by the praise of a new friend.

 

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#234: Massage Chair.

All packed up and ready for house calls!

 

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#235: On The Road.

Driving home from a massage day in Hawaiian Paradise Parks.

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Project 365: Catching up! A Quadruple Post.

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in almost a week — my days seem to fill up so quickly I didn’t find the time…

By the way, the most recent Big News is that I passed my massage therapist licensing test; as soon as I send in the form and the fee, I’ll be official!

Now, on the photos:

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#151: Greens For the Chickens.

This is actually an accidental shot as I was setting up the camera, but it turned out to be my favorite!

We try to cut “greens” — weeds, grasses, etc — for the chickens every day, a bucket for each of the three flocks. This month it’s become my job.

Since we have a farm with both plants and animals, the plants need protecting from the livestock. Because the ground is solid lava rock (with maybe an inch of soil on top, if that), it’s hard to build fences. So, our chickens can’t be free-ranged.

Instead, they live in large open-wired roofed pens that my Dad designed (search for “Hubbell Bubble” to see articles written about it!). There is also an added benefit of protecting our hens from rat, cat, and mongoose attacks — the pests of our neighborhood.

The chickens still get to scratch at bare ground, but they don’t get the fresh greens which are so important for their health and for the lovely dark yokes of good eggs. Hence our daily collection, which often doubles as weeding the plants of the farm. I love it when everything is multipurpose!

 

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#152: My Pagan Alter.

At the top is my alter space; in the middle are a couple of my spiritual paintings and the wing I preserved (and also my pajama pants — the wire shelves are my dresser, too); and at the bottom is the new box, on top of which is a great bumper sticker given to me by a dear friend.

I may have mentioned how I change around my alter once in a while… This time, it was because I acquired the lovely box at the bottom of the picture, and I knew right away I wanted to use to for my extra pagan stuff; storing whatever isn’t being used for the alter, and my things from the OBOD, and so forth.

 

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#153: Exploring Volcano.

Mum and Dad exploring a trail in Hawaii Volcano National Park.

A lot of times when it’s raining at home, it’ll be nice weather somewhere else. This time, the nice weather was making an appearance up at the park, so we decided to go take a hike!

 

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#154: Farming.

A while ago, Dad bought a small tractor. It has been invaluable in helping to keep up with the mowing on the land around our crops. And as an added bonus, Dad loves to ride around on it!

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Project 354: #143: Oil Painting.

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At 20″ x 16″, this is a rather larger canvas than the last one I posted about. But like the other one, I link it to a study of the traditional elements. I started it when I was focused on the wisdom of Earth in my OBOD lessons. It was ribbons of browns and yellows and greens, with hints of red. It was a very soothing picture of the colors of Earth.

When I moved on to study Water, I felt inspired to add the ribbons of blue, and realized that this painting was not just about Earth, but about combining the lessons from each element as I moved through them. And what better expression of Bardic wisdom than as artwork of some nature?

Recently, though I finished the lessons of Air a couple months ago and have since begun working with Fire, I finally added the ribbons of white that I knew needed to be there. I’m not sure if more ribbons will be added when I’m done with the Fire lessons, or if this canvas is for the Celtic elements of Earth, Sea, and Sky, through which Fire transforms each to each other. We shall see…

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Project 365: Fire and Earth Double Post.

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#104: A Study of Warm Tones.

One of my early oil paintings. It’s on a canvas about the size of the palm of my hand. It’s on my pagan alter, with a tiny lava stone on top, to represent the Goddess Pele and the element of Fire.

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#105: Reuse Gardening.

When the bottom of the old barbeque rusted out, it became a new planter box! The garden angel next to it came from Mum’s garden in Idaho, as did the plaque figure of St. Francis of Assisi, hanging on the fence above the pineapples (and not quite pictured in this photo – only the very edge on the far right middle).

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