Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Our Travel Update So Far

We spent longer in Georgia at Lake Harmony RV Park than we anticipated but it was so nice and our friends, Betty and Bob who we traveled out with, were arriving on the 1st of May so we stayed to surprise them.  A week at the park is a bit pricey but if you get the site on the lake so worth it. Extra days ran us about 39.00 a night.


While we were in Georgia I got the front curtains made. 3 84" panels placed sideways and a small hem at the top to put the pins that hold it onto the little circle do dads in the curved rail on top of the window. They are lighter, somewhat black out, massively inexpensive and easier to clean.  And they look nice!


 The last night.


Sammy getting ready to travel. Everyone needs to be in their places.


But not before Lola gets a last stroll in the lake. She's afraid to go in deep and I keep her on a long lead but she loves wading.


And we're off!!!


Our next stop is The Barnyard RV Park in Lexington, SC. About 39.00 a night through Good Sam and we just stayed one night. I got my poor plants out of the shower so they could breath. Someone placed the plant on the road before we left the park last September and I've been re rooting and planting ever since. Excited. Leave no plant behind!!!


Our next stop was Ft. Chiswell RV Park in Max Meadows ,Va.  I loved this park last September so we came back. The back pasture was under some sort of construction so the cattle and sheep were out front the first night. This is also a two night stay for us, and we got in and hooked up just before the thunderstorms and rain started.




The next day was a celebration day...

Sammy turns 14!!! 


Ft. Chiswell is $38.00 a night, big pull thru's and quiet.

Then we had to leave!

RAIN, RAIN, RAIN!



A three some odd hour trip took way longer this travel day. There were sections that it just poured. This area wasn't bad but everyone seemed to like to zoom past us. We let them. Traveled slow and made it safe and weary to Shenandoah Valley Campground in Mt. Jackson,  Va.  We were staying one night. Then today were heading to Carlisle, Pa and the Western RV Park. One of my favs. (It has tubs of different flavors of Hersheys ice cream.)

We arrived at Western RV Park and Roger asked if our site would be available for another night and voila'...it was!

This is the way to the Western RV Park.  I have to smile because when we were first starting out on our adventures and total newbies this would have been part of our adventure. We would take the wrong turn and end up driving through a neighborhood that was marked "No commercial or heavy vehicles". I would wave while cringing and hoping the rig wouldn't sink into the road but thankfully we haven't done that in a few years. 


At the end of the lovely neighborhood we see the entrance gate to our stay.


I've changed Sammy's "meds" around and I'm finding he's more alert now during the day. At night I give him his CBD oil and he sleeps soundly but daytime is his Technyflex pills. One in the morning and one in the evening with dinner. If he has any inflammation or pain it will be reduced or taken away. From his excitement on going out for his walks..he's doing great. 

And he's got us to our place for two nights perfectly!!




Our view from our bathroom window. (Why do I suddenly feel like singing an old Beetles tune?? haha)


Well that's it for today.  Tomorrow we head to Matamoras, Pa (though I keep calling it metamorphosis ), for one night then up bright and early the next day to drive to Lee, N.H. It will be a long drive but I get excited being from New England. It's home.  We'll be seeing friends and family and I already have a date with my daughter and granddaughters for Sunday...Mother's Day. What could be better!!

Thanks for coming on our journey with us...I'll be back to painting and working at the campground this year so it will be a fun season! We have experienced deluge rain and so far the resealed seams have held beautifully.  Our other "project" this summer is to paint CiCiBlue's walls. Not the wood but the beige wallpaper that they put in RV's.  Passing thoughts have been, hmm, sometime trade her in? (Shhh, I never said that CiCI) but you take the risk of buying someone else's problems. The Universe knows what we/she needs and I have Faith. 

New cold wax and oils coming and some fun dog/Lab art too. Roger's making eggs and bacon so I am so ending this!!! Love you all!

Warmly,
Sheila









Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Being Fearless

Even when you're feeling totally out of your comfort zone. 

The campground here has been a welcome stop. Our love our neighbors where we stay in Florida but every so often I need an amazing space and SPACE. As you know, this site faces the lake and we feel alone. 

 So this is why I'm out of my comfort zone but I have to say, loving every minute of it.  Watercolor and gouache on 140lb paper that I've not used before.  It was a square format, which I love, so it came home with me.


I wasn't happy with the shadow under the dogs's leg so I needed to wet it and bring the tone down a bit. Also added a pink glaze of color. I like the second version much better. Subtle suits me.


I'm making excuses to do plein air.  Oh it won't dry in time, even though we are here until next Tuesday.  I'm thinking Dear Lord, it's all green out there.  Let's see what the afternoon brings. Sheila, just do it....!


Our friends!



What do we do the rest of the time here? Well, neighbors next to us are from NH so of course we bonded.  Then at 4:00 P.M. it's happy hour and listening to Lola call to me.  Take her out? She doesn't like the heat so she complains and wants to go back in. Oh my word, fussy girl!! Hahaha.




I'm having fun taking photos with the new iphone. Also looking for reference photos!




May you all get a chance to sit and do absolutely nothing today and not feel guilty!! Around 1:00 I'll take Lola for her walk along the lake edge. I'll try and take a video of her bravery!! Shhh, don't let her know I laugh!! She thinks she's really adventurous!!! I just love her to bits!!

Have a great day..more updates soon. Friday it's expected to rain so good day to make new curtains for the front window. 

Warmly,
Sheila

Monday, April 22, 2019

Update From Lake Harmony, Georgia

We rolled out of Crystal Lake RV Park this past Saturday one day later than planned due to a crazy storm coming across. Onto 95 North for a 3 1/2 drive which ended up being about 4 1/2, 5 hour drive.  Easter weekend and everyone was out driving. Jacksonville, Florida was a sheer nightmare with multiple accidents and just insane traffic.

But, before we left....

The first art show I've participated in in years. Wasn't sure if the long flowy thing looked like a robe but it covered those "sins".



The work in the show was amazing and I never thought I'd get a prize of any sort.  

The names were called starting from Honorable Mention towards Second place and I clapped excitedly for the winners. When the First Place winner in Oils and Acrylics was announced  I wasn't sure I heard the name correctly.  My artists friends were there, Roger and my son Jamie and wife Pam had just arrived.  Jamie was texting my daughter, who was texting me..I was teary.. and understood the Universe was sending me on my new journey in art.


Still in shock, my name was called once again for a special award.  And yes, Roger heard the story over and over for days. Ok, a week and a half!!! 


Back to reality! A friend emailed and asked if I could do a quick portrait for her daughters birthday. The fur became a challenge being so many variations of brown.  My friend sent me a video of her 11 year old daughter opening the gift and it was better than any monetary payment I could receive. She actually hugged the painting!!



Ok, back to travels! Well, almost. Our toilet died. It's an electric toilet and for the past month "we" had to ratchet it open and closed to flush.  Friends had one stored after switching theirs out for a pedal flush so sold the electric model to us. Voila'!! And just how many people do you know that show you photos of their hopper!!


One of the casualties of having dogs is one of them has long fingernails. (Note to self, buy clipper)
Ozzie loves to sit and lay up on the front dashboard and in his crazed oh my god there's dogs and people walking by moments, he has torn the plastic. I bought a cheap rug and cut it, as you see, first on the wrong side, to fit somewhat. Velcroed it down and again, voila'. Yes, he also broke our vent cover which I found a replacement on ebay.


Traveling positions. Lola by me.  She only gets up if we slow down or stop. God forbid she misses a chance to speak!!


Then our boys. Ozzie to the left and Sammy sound asleep on Lola's bed. Brought out for travel. 
Sammy, almost 14, always surprises us. He can be slow and "old" but when we start to travel he becomes pretty quick and young again. He just loves traveling!!



We made it. I unhooked the car at the entrance then Roger followed the greeter to our site and she aided him in backing into the site. It's just off the road but our door faces the lake so we don't see anyone. Oh you know I'm loving this!!



 We sat outside last night with a glass of wine to watch the sunset. I'm taking reference photos!!!



CiCiBlue in all her glory. 




Just a few more from this mornings coffee hour. They call them "Snake Birds". Anhenga. 




Roger placed our rockers out by the water. 


In spite of her missing awnings, her scratches, (Beware of flying debris when the lawn guy comes around) her little bulge from water damage, CiCiBlue still looks regal.  I'm making new front  curtains for her this week. and I tell her when I sell more artwork we'll get her a new couch and comfy chairs for Me! People like trading in and up to newer models. Our thought? We have actually put our life savings into getting her running along with friends help, Bless you, and there's no way we'd part with her. (There's a reason people part and trade up ).  CiCi is strong and true and this year learned the correct way to reseal seams so that's on my summer to-do list.  


Ok, a small headache from high pollen count today so I'll close and write more another day. There's an art class here in the park tomorrow. I just may find out more and join up.

Thanks for following along on our journey. Hope you are enjoying yours too.

Warmly,
Sheila


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Count Down Starts Again and A Silly Mistake

Yes, the countdown starts again for us to get ready to head north to New Hampshire. This year we are doubly excited since we will be working with 5 other couples at the park that we stay at.
Where Lola's field is!  Wellington Camping Park is heaven. This will be our third year being there, our first working.  We leave Florida on April 19 and head for our next stop in Townsend Georgia. Our plan is to stay a week in a site right on the lake.  I'll be taking you all with us once again and hopefully you will see my plein air attempts!!

So last evening my 6s iphone decided to die. My reference photos are in there, my phone numbers, reminders and what nots. Phone...DEAD. Roger has had an iphone for 8 years and that thing has died many times and as we found out even had it's battery explode. It was time.

Off to AT&T and as we walked through the door I said, "My phone is dead" and I went to show him and suddenly it flew out of my hand and across the floor.  If you know me you will know I laugh at anything, and there I was laughing hysterically. The poor man.  But...the phone came alive.  Short story, we left with two new phones that make me feel like I'm holding a book to my ear if I answer it. 

Second foolish event of the day. With the larger screen I figured I could go into my blog and do some "stuff". One area said, fill this in if you want your blog to show up on Google. Ok, says I.  I start to write in "livingthe artistsdream"  . Then I took a closer look and what I was reading was Living the Rapist Dream. Sweet Mother..NOOOOOO.  It took 30 minutes for me to find out how to change it but if you come across it at any place, it's artists dream.

Our winter...quiet..which I liked this year.  I concentrated on my art and selling strategies to keep us going. CiCiBlue has more issues, nothing that will stop us, but her refrigerator is starting to act up once again. I pulled the handle of our washer/dryer as I went to clean inside, then our toilet, electric, decided to die. Friends replaced there electric toilet with a peddle model so they are selling there's to us. The awnings? Insurance only gave us enough to fix the over the door awning, which we never used but looked nice. We made a decision to have our large patio motor replaced and the seams on our slideouts recaulked. 

So tomorrow I am bringing my three new art pieces to be in my first art show in years, I'm really excited to have them be out there. I'm being pro active so come back often as I will be posting new work more often. Much more. LOL


Cold Wax and Oil 
Under The Desert Moon

Cold Wax and Oil
Living The Rv Repair Blues


Secrets
Watercolor and Gouache

 In Progress
Watercolor and Gouache

A new series....
Because they make me laugh!!

I'm happy to say my watercolor Burro/Donkey series has been going great. I'm finding 72 is'nt so bad after all....It's the new 62 isn't it?? (Please tell my aches that though...)

Ok, so dinner is ready. I'll close but I'll be back more often. Half of CiCiBlue has been waxed, (by me) and I have the other side to get to.  The positive side? It should get me into better shape.  Next on the list is throwing out stuff I haven't used in a year. Just clutter.  I'll get to it.

Thanks for following..get ready to travel and see new art work and crazy views. I still shudder at the though of going over high bridges....with the new phone those photos should be spectacular..LOL

Warmly,
Sheila

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A New Year And A New Start

I started the year feeling hopeful.  This will sound strange but years that my age ended with a 2 were always exciting even though some had a bit of sadness added in.  I was 52 when my parents passed 6 days apart, but I had moved to Florida and started a new life.

This year I turn 72. To my younger friends, that sounds damn old but to me?, I don't notice it unless I pass a mirror. ­čśČ Anyway, my goal this year is to start a new series and be daring.  Monet did his waterlily series in his 70's so it's not over and I am expecting great things. Retire?  I don't think I know any artists that have retired, lord, I'd be miserable to live with if I wasn't painting or doing some sort of artwork. It's what I wanted to be when I grew up...still doing that, so it's not over yet.


I bought a box of 10" x 10" cradled boards and thought, hmm, time to get out there and do plein air, until one day a friend on Facebook showed a piece she did using cold wax with her oil paint.  I'm a fanatic about finding out the what's and why's and how to's so off I went to Google. I was finding you tube videos on how to begin but everyone seemed to be doing abstract with this medium.  People like it, artists create it but I will tell you honestly, I have no clue. My goal? Learn how to use the wax combined with the oil paint and go back to before my dog technique and do my own thing.

Painted Desert above is my first painting with cold wax.  It's mixed with the paint you put out on your palette, wear gloves because holy cow it's everywhere.  After putting on a good healthy cover of color and scraping it over the board to show my darks and lights I started constructing the scene. Oh..thick brush strokes and textured.


Living The Dream RV Repair Blues  18" x 18' on cradled board.

And the series begins. I used myself as a figure before in my art, cathartic at the time, but now this piece would be just a part of the Painting Across America Series.  The background down I used one of my paint sticks to draw in the figure, keeping lines and adding them to various places. Like my watercolors I feel lines are the bones of the work and add interest to a piece.  

It will be fun to see how this all goes. Abstraction? Who knows where it will lead. Dogs? Oh of course they will be included in the cold wax process and I already have one painted in my head.

Redoing my web site and adding older work to Etsy.  I'm not sure but it may be the same sheilawedegisart on etsy.  Haha. Easier for me to remember.


RV stuff...We actually received a check from the insurance company about our awnings however the only thing it covers is a motor for our large patio awning and having our slideouts re siliconed on the seams until we win the lottery.  It's all good.

Lola had her Spa Day!!!   


I didn't realize that she was getting her summer trim and it's been cold in the mornings. Always a Mum, if I'm cold then they must be too so on goes my sweater. She strutted right along and didn't even glance at me twice as I was rolling with laughter. She just looked oh so cute.  She has a weird growth on her neck so we're off to the vets next week to see about it. Prayers please. Who else would make me laugh so much?

Waiting, hahaha, for the repair guys to install the awning motor.  They will come. Our next project is buying tow new tires for our front wheels. 7 years is the time to purchase regardless of tread. 

And on that note, (a shameless plug) please remember that along with regular payments for purchasing artwork I also do payment installments.  So I better start my day. Three cups of coffee, one with a piece of a chocolate bar dropped in, and my ration of CBD oil to focus, I'm ready.

I'm hoping to post blogs more often, not time for depression to sneak in this year, it knocks but I'm keeping that door closed so far!! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by. I think you will love the new series..don't miss it!!

Warmly,
Sheila

and the gang!!!