DEE SEM BURR!!!! It’s here. The last month of the year. 2013 you went by so fast! I’m hoping for lots of painting this month, and maybe some knitting, and hopefully lots of reading by the fire. There’s this annoying “Spare the Air” campaign here in Sacramento that prohibits burning when the air quality reaches a certain level of bad. What a drag! We have central heat but boy there’s nothing quite like a little fire burning in the fireplace to warm one’s soul and make the 5pm darkness appealing. Tomorrow we get to burn, which actually is today so I could right now walk out and start a little fire, but I’m so tired from staring at the computer for hours making this background and so sore from playing flag football two days ago that I think instead I’ll just crawl into bed. I might not even brush my teeth. Or maybe I just won’t floss. I heard somewhere that cavities have almost nothing to do with flossing or brushing and everything to do with the nutrients in your diet. If this is true I want all of those late-night moments back where I pried myself out of bed and groggily, unhappily, marched myself to the bathroom to care for my precious little teeth. Maybe it built character?
Ok here’s this month’s background:
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Howdy folks! Here’s a new background for November:
This photo is from Sacramento’s stretch of the American River. I added some bits of foliage from the trees in my neighborhood. Hope you like! Click one of the following links to download: 2880×1800, 2560×1600, 1920×1200, 1680×1050, 1440×900, 1280×800.
I’ve been painting in Sacramento lately—specifically near the American River just West of Lake Natomas. I made these four paintings in a row over the last four weeks. Click on the images in the post to view them full-sized.
Oil on paper, 7.5 x 11 inches
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Mom brought home an owl last week. He was in a plastic bag, covered in salt, two days dead and starting to smell a little. His right eye had been pecked out and some maggots had already found their way into the socket. He was beautiful still, large and long and peaceful, with wings that unfolded to impossible dimensions and two horns made from specially perky little feathers.
We laid him in a box and endeavored to cut off his wings. We put on blue plastic gloves and tried first with short-nosed garden shears, or “loppers”. I held the wing outstretched and found where the wing bone met the shoulder joint and Mom moved the loppers into position and pulled the handles together. The bone gave way but the wing held on securely with a wide layer of skin and feather. I tried to keep the owl’s body relatively still as I felt for the skin and stretched it for Mom to move in again with the loppers, but they wouldn’t cut it and we stopped.
I stroked his feathers and we decided that the Buck knife was the best option, although Mom was a bit apprehensive as it’s used in the kitchen (to cut open chickens for barbecuing, among other things). I knelt by the owl and waited for Mom to get back with the knife and brushed salt off his face and looked at his big already-stiff yellow feet and thought how he seemed at once so big and so small.
The Buck knife cut through the skin easily and we made short work of the other one and I tried to keep moving quickly and assuredly although as we moved to his left wing I thought about him being wingless and dead in a box and it made me very sad.
October, octubre, octobah. Fall is here, and it’s the best time of year in Sacramento, CA. I’ve been painting, watching lots of football, and eating bacon and eggs most every day. Love me some autumn! Here’s a new background for your desktop:
I had to go back to October 2011 for this image, taken in Bodega Bay. In response to the question “What do you do?”, a wise man once said: “What does a bird do?”.
I’ve been looking up at birdies allot these days, and it’s immensely fun. There are so many of them flying around getting their exercise or just sitting there getting their chill time in, and I’m always glad to notice. These birds chirped the calendar in Spanish.
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Wishing all of you a blessed month!