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Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Blue Moon, August 2012

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Blue moon, evening sky
I wink, say goodnight to Neil
thank you, man on moon

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In memory of Neil Armstrong, first man to step on the moon
August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012

When I look at the moon, I’ll remember you, and wink.

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I was unable to post last week…I have the painting of the tree
and the wedding tent
as  I promised, two weeks ago.
The second painting, “Wedding Beauty” I did that day also
is this weeks post.

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Two weeks in one:  The paintings of the trees at Flye Point, Brooklin, Maine, USA.
The smaller painting, “Wedding Tent” was my primary painting. 
 “Wedding Beauty” I painted because patience is a virtue, and I’m out of that virtue
when it comes to painting and just waiting for the paint to dry for the next application
of paint ☺

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The Wedding Tent at Flye Point, Brooklin, ME, USA 6″ x 6″ acrylic on canvas. Painted En Plein Aire (in fresh air or outside on site).

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“Wedding Beauty” 12″ x 12″, acrylic on canvas. Painted En Plein Aire. The mountains across from where I was painting “The Wedding Tent”. While waiting for the paint to dry on the smaller painting I painted the site across the water. I was told that at low tide, the previous Friday, a couple was married here on the huge rocks at the shore line that are covered during high tide.  The trees look to be a solid mass due to the distance  from shore to shore.

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Sunday Trees

by becca givens

Thanks Becca for sharing your site.
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Blue Hill Mountain from Charlotte and John’s while delivering organic Blueberries she ordered…I couldn’t paint the next day due to working, and they were just a couple of miles away from work, so special delivery of Gramp’s  Farm  MOFGA Certified organic Blueberries

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Hey, everyone…

In case you’ve wondered…..
just a note as to why I’m not blogging much lately.


I pride myself in being able to conquer life and it’s ups and downs
and keep on trucking but this time,
I just couldn’t get beyond being tired and in unbelievable pain. 
I would think I have the strength to stay up and blog,
but just couldn’t…
I’m working private duty/job sharing with a CNA…my ex #2…
(there is heavy lifting at twice a day…I can’t do that alone).
It wasn’t to last this long but extenuating circumstances…
the person I was temporarily replacing in an emergency situation
after she fell and had surgery on her shoulder….
was arrested by drug enforcement authorities….

August 18 I posted this on Facebook.
This is the quickest way for me to update everyone.

1. I locked myself out of my computer August 12  for a few days last week.
2. I’m working…day six of a 21 day stretch !  … the stretch ends September 2nd.
3. Had  injections in my knees Wed the 8th and still am recovering…
the results are wonderful for 6 months when the pain and reaction to the injections resolves….
just getting to be a wuss in old age … I now understand my the old tyme snake oil
salesmen were popular

4. Monday, August 20, major dental work … follow up to the fall that gave me the black eye, stitches in my forehead and destroyed some teeth. So, it will be at least til the end of the week…or sooner.
5. I need my energy for working the split shifts…I often nap between the 3 hour shifts…

so that is why I have been “lost in the world of over committed people”
and “invisible except for photos for a while !
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Silver lining:
The opportunity for awesome photos at work is endless.

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Update to the message above:
1.  It took the computer place about 10 minutes to undo what I had done…
    so that is a relief
2.  This 21 day stretch ends Sept. 2, then I work Sept 4 6 7
THEN   
     Sept 12 thru Oct 10
     Nov 6  7  8
G.  … ex #2 is helping me, so we are splitting the pay…$15 ! 
I don’t think that is minimum wage….
and it is split shifts…8 am to 11am, 4p to 7 pm  … no good deed goes unpunished. 
It’s more of a humanitarian effort, not a job.  It isn’t hard work,
but it has been thru pain, suffering and putting on a smiling face. 
It eliminates most of the schedule that I loved for art, music, special events.
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But, it will pay for the dental work which is a blessing.
3.  The knees finally don’t hurt as of today August 24.
4.  The dentist lived up to his reputation of good fast dentistry…
     and I have no fear of going to that office at all.
     I’d have the lower teeth done immediately if I had the money.
5.   Will post some photos of the awesome views from the screened in porch…
     and the sights along the way to work…about 6-10 miles I’d say. 

I am trying to have some special moments, like stopping for a special meal
at a new food truck (Jamaican chicken…sooooo yummy), hear friends playing
jazz at a local restaurant, going to the buoy auction and seeing my buoy sold
for $400. 

The best thing about the dentist appointment Monday August 20
was I get to smile again and don’t look like a jack o lantern…
the second best thing is  supper for two nights
by the doctors orders for soft food:
a bowl of two scoops of Scoops homemade ice cream
coconut/black raspberry la
st night and coconut/red raspberry …
a scoop of each, YUMMO !
Can’t beat 3 days of “soft food” with ice cream at the top of the list !
(the 3 rd night I had a soft noodle casserole).

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It was difficult to find a place to get a photo of these unusual clouds. What a gorgeous sight for the ride home.

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Jazz trio at Finn’s Irish Pub. Excellent music therapy for me !

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Thanks for reading all of this…if you got this far…a friend in deed !

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Will make a better effort to blog as I feel better…
and read what others write and comment, too:
as my spirits improve
and my depression lifts,
as I feel more confident about talking and laughing with others.
I’ll admit, vain I am.  Self conscious I was.  What a difference
half an hour .. tops…in the dentist’s chair makes ☺
Off to conquer the world as much as someone my age can !


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Dancing Pigs, Acrylic on Canvas.  4″x 4″   from photo by Scott Randall.

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Why in the world would you pick this prompt:  
to muck up my confusion and thinking until
I find my Dancing Pigs ?

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The prompt this week is one sentence long.

The sentence can be as long or as short as you like.

The challenge is to write a fluent sentence

without using the letter “E”. 

E is the most used letter in the English language.

Let’s see how you do with an absent-e!

Number of words: 

Whatever you need to write one cohesive sentence.


Pictures: Any number

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 Jenny Matlock
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This tree has always fascinated me…
it is above the picnic tables and as we eat lunch
or paint paintings of the ocean,
it is our sentry I love to check as we drive down
to the point to be sure the tree is still there.

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This is from where I painted the tree…
the painting just needs a couple of finishing touches
and hope to have the painting ready to post next week.
I don’t finish paintings usually at home if I have painted them
 with the group on a joyous day…
I like to have the same energy level to finish the painting….
the group has good energy, lovely spirits and souls….
so, tomorrow or Friday, I will be with the group and finish it. 
There is another tree in front of THE tree,
but I wanted to show the tent.

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This is the view of THE tree from the picnic tables. 
At this angle you can’t see the wedding reception tent.

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This is my view of the water from where I am sitting.
I stood up to get it as my chair was at the end of the table. 
At the spot that the people are standing,
a week before it was low tide about the same time of day
and a couple got married standing on the rock surrounded by the water.

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This is the view I saw that gave me the inspiration for my painting

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I will post the painting next week.
It was such a glorious day

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Sunday Trees – 38

by becca givens

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Souls meet, souls dancing
to rhythm of their heart beats
souls destiny met

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Twin trees, Flye Point, Brooklyn, Maine at high tide

 

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Twin Trees on island off shore, Flye Point, Brooklyn, Maine,  This photo shows the island as the tide is coming in.  At low tide, a person can walk out to the islands if they are watchful of the turn of the tide and get back to land …. it’s not a far walk as you can see.

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Twin trees on island at Flye Point, Brooklyn, Maine at high tide

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These photos were taken recently
on a plein aire (outside in the fresh air)
painting trip to Brooklin, Main
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We have been here many times
and I just love these two trees off shore near

a gazebo.  Trees on islands fascinate me…and
I take many photos of them, and paint many
paintings of them.  I never tire of looking at
these trees.

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Sunday Trees – 37

by becca givens

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