Home Sweet Home & Charley

I painted on my door and am looking at painting a few more areas on this side of the RV. See how fat Charley has gotten!

growing my victory garden, isn’t that what they were called during and after the war? Wish I’d been a little more careful as to where I put what seed but it looks good and soon I’ll find out.

acrylic ink on panel

I had not painted with the inks yet, didn’t really know how to use them so I’m trying it on different surfaces, I think most often they are used on tiles or on a shiny slippery surface so they run together making fantastic colors. I have been painting on a brown 8 x10 panel and I love how colors mix, how vibrant they are and how they are flat on the surface like they belong there. I’m going to try covering with resin because I don’t know how stable the colors are or if they’ll fade. Nice size painting for the walls of an rv. I’ve painted on both sides of the panel which was dumb because I’ll only resin one side, or maybe not, I like both sides. I ordered more panels, inks and resin and look forward to playing with them.

I bought a Primo water system a small fridge and a small room AC for my studio and was given this great leather chair so my place is full. Because of the loft the ceiling is very high so the AC doesn’t really cool the room much so I’ve covered the lowest part of ceiling with a large plastic drop cloth trying to keep the cool air down here, looks silly but it seems to help.

Stay Safe

Grape Gallery in Truth or Consequences

Has SIx of my paintings

Every place I stopped liked this

I’m so pleased

Today I put 6 of my best paintings in my car determined to find where I might display them but the first place I stopped has a waiting list for a cubical to sell all kinds of art, they referred me to a place next door that was opening a gallery soon but had all the artists lined up but she took my card, Then off to another gallery that was full but took my card maybe in the Spring, took photos, something I was told he should not have done, but anyway at my 4th stop she took all my paintings, I couldn’t believe it and asked “so you want me to leave my paintings here now” and that was that! It’s maybe not the finest gallery I’ve visited but she (Grace) has a great space, many artists and art work of all kinds. Even though she takes %50 I’ll still have enough to buy more red paint.

Well Darn it anyway

I’d hope to be able to sell my art somewhere but I am not having any luck finding a venue.

Los Cruces is out because I don’t live in the right county and the farmers market here doesn’t start until next month and they may already have as many arts and crafts allowed vs farmers items.

So now I have my paintings in frames ready to sell and no venue until Spring. There may be more opportunity then.

I guess I’ll just keep painting and maybe add note cards here one of these days, amazing I can keep myself busy all day long doing the same things over and over without much progress in anything attempted.

I’ll go to town tomorrow to find out what is going on in the park because I saw people selling stuff there a few weeks ago. I’ll see if there is space for me at a shop where you rent a cubicle , similar to what my sister Shar and I did for a while in RIchardson, we didn’t do well there, hope this place is busier, their location is good and I always see people in there when I’ve been there, I suspect they are fully staffed and cubicles full. I need to go to town anyway because I have nothing to snack on, no chocolate no ice cream nothing sweet which was the plan when I shopped last! I bought snacks for Charley and not me. He is getting a little chubby so I need to keep him slim and trim.

I have new news but I’ll put it in a new post….excited!

Fine Art America

Today I’ve been working inside my RV cuz it’s really cold outside! I’ve done quite a lot today, I worked on my Fine Art America web site and finished it, it looks pretty nice, that’s the web address down there and it works!

I made new business cards .

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I changed this site to give it some red.

A good days work!

kathleen-othon.pixels.com

My Studio!

I’m sitting in my almost finished studio and I’m so darn pleased! The latest additions were my front step made for me by my acupuncture friend (who is doing very well), and my lights that will even keep the studio warm during cold winter days, no need for a heater! Thanks to Dan they even work!

My studio is well supplied with paint and much of the stuff an artist needs so now I’ll see if I am an artist or just a wannabe artist I’m taking another online class that teaches me so many techniques and simple color mixing that I know nothing about.

It froze a couple nights, not all my plants look like they’ll survive. darn.

People say I should sell my RV and live in here! No, but now I have places for everything I love to do. (eat sleep and goof around) The simple life style actually costs a bit but now I think I have everything I need and even what I want. ( but I’d love a bathtub!)

Charley and I plan to go to VA for Thanksgiving, I don’t have a hook up to tow my car yet so (yeah that’s the next thing I’ll need) we will mosey along in the tiny car despite my son’s belief that it doesn’t belong on the highways. PooPoo I’ve done fine on highways.

76 year old Woman, Climbing a ladder doing it for Myself

I was able to finish the ceiling myself, Frank didn’t show and I was tired of waiting so I got up that ladder and was able to add the insulation and cover with either cardboard or those foam display boards, only problem was getting around the ceiling fan because I couldn’t get between the fan leaves they are too close together so that area doesn’t look great. It may not be the best job but I think it’s okay, my AC works hard but 100 degrees is not a fair measure of its worth, I think when it cools down it will be fine. I spent about 4 hours in there yesterday but by afternoon it was pretty warm so I moved to the RV. Being concerned about my electric usage I generally only use the AC in either the RV or the studio, not both at once until I have a better understanding of how much my electric bill will be this month. I would have liked to get a photo of me on the ladder all sweaty and dirty, the loft was dusty and I cleaned it with my pants! That was the easiest part to finish, I felt like a painter on my back stapling the ceiling with the barrier. I did good, I’m happy with the results, excited to get painting again!.

I did some interesting site seeing travel on Friday, I’ll make a separate post on Silver City and the exciting ride home.

The Me vs the DamnAnt Rebellion

I’m winning,

Ants love my outdoor carpet, they were everywhere yesterday.

it was gross.

Becca told me to sprinkle salt around the ground so I tried it.

One whole box of Morton’s salt spread on the carpet,

they didn’t seem to mind it.

So I went inside to look for something else and found the Comet cleanser

I sprinkled it along the edges and all about

as of this moment, 4 hours later, there are no ants on my carpet.

Don’t know about tomorrow .

One step closer………

I’ve enjoyed putting this little building together, first the radiant barrier (more information on that here http://radiant barrier ) Then thinking of an inexpensive way to improve insulation I bought super large boxes from Uhaul and stapled them over the barrier. I covered each end wall with fabric. I’ll need some help to finish the ceiling because the staple gun needs to be pushed in a certain way to make the connection and it was too hard for me, not safe I’ll try to find Frank. I need to find more cardboard too, and maybe some more white fiber board like what I used for the photo board. some white walls would make the room lighter feeling, cleaner.

I may put the barrier inside my RV cubby walls and am using it on my windows to block the heat. until it cools down a bit…it’s kind of like living in a dark cave but nice.

Instead of $ 500+ to insulate the building I spent about $130.00 plus cardboard boxes and still have about half left over to share or sell. Do you think this will work? I’m not sure but am hopeful, hard to judge as I’ve not finished the ceiling. This heat is algo espantoso! but I think it would have been impossible to work in there as I have been with only the fan working. The AC works noisily and sometimes shouts and scares me so I have to turn it off quickly before it ruines itself, needs some servicing, I’ll ask Frank to look at it.

Progress is slow………. but steady

I’ve been doing something wrong and don’t think I’m answering comments correctly, sorry and thanks to friends for leaving comments, it makes a difference to me to know your thoughts , ideas and suggestions about the blog. With comments on my posts I know there is someone out there reading my writings. I’ll figure it out. I was able to change my font to make the words rest easily on the eye and increased the letter size as we are getting older together and bigger is better.

Frank came this morning, ready to start the electric work but got stuck digging the trench (for the wiring) by rocks, so he went into town to get a jackhammer and hasn’t returned. He left 2 hours ago but it takes 1 hour to go and return so I’m not sure this is a one day project. When he finishes I’ll reorganize my patio space with my new colorful rugs and add a photo here.

Not so fast lady!

Frank didn’t find a jackhammer and spent some time removing rock from the trench in 100 degrees heat and will not finish the work today, he’ll ‘shoot’ for tomorrow pm. At just $20 an hour I don’t mind that he miscalculated his hours, he earned every bit and more (and it will be more) I had to move GG about 8 feet forward so now I need to get her level again, it makes me feel unsteady when not level, which I do by putting a series of blocks under her tires, no automation here.