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Everybodys Talkin Bout Heaven: Painting Pictures Ep. 64

Yes, I am aware that the title of this post is grammatically incorrect.  From scorchin-hot Craftsbury Vermont, a solo waxer about the new Star Wars movie Solo, some items that aren’t worth shipping back to Amazon, and a really dumb country song.  Enjoy!

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Thursday Evening in Craftsbury

Note:  The names of my friends have been changed to protect their privacy, even though they probably don’t care.

Before we left the library, I walked A back to the reading room to show her the huge windowsill full of potted geraniums, the stone wall outside, and the view beyond—past another stone wall, a field, and a barn—to the mountains. We spoke softly even though we were the only ones there. On the wall a rack of magazines, the sort of thing that gets me all excited about some future time—never right now—when I’ll come and spend a whole afternoon or morning sitting and reading magazines. My wife had been stymied in her attempt to print bank statements. Logging on from an unknown device requires, of course, a verification code, which is sent via text message to one’s phone, which, sadly, never can receive them while in Craftsbury. How we’ve managed to get this far in buying a home is a testament to our ingenuity. It seems you’re not supposed to be able to function in modern society without cellphone service. Walking out, she asked if I’d printed my documents and I said no, I emailed them. “Oh,” she said. “Well I can email them from my computer at home… I thought we came here for printing”. “We did,” I said, “but then as I downloaded the PDF I realized that I could just email it to her. She’s going to be uploading it or emailing it anyway… it’s not like she’s going to walk it down the street to the bank” (Apparently, our lender doesn’t actually give us the fake money for our home—they go to the big bank and get it for us. They both get paid, of course, but it’s the big bank that will get our interest payment for the next 30 years—all $122,000 of it.)

Fully successful or not, it was all terribly pleasant in the warm evening, surrounded by the sweet Spring air, and we took our time getting back in the car, kept the windows down, and rolled out the gravel drive to the pavement and down to the village. We passed a friend’s house and noticed another friend’s car. “Are they hanging out without me?” I wondered.

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New Painting: “Sunday Morning, Craftsbury”


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This painting is on Rives BFK paper and measures 6.5 x 11.5 inches

View of our Crafstbury apartment from the step up from the kitchen to the utility room. Had to block the entryway while painting, so to get by we had to shimmmy sideways and hope we didn’t bump into the palette full of paint. I started the painting with my palette knife and got a few things in and then realized that I’d put in the ceiling at the top of the picture, and the refrigerator at the right, which didn’t leave much room for the table and chairs and the living room off to the left. So I took a brush and went at it with a bit of gusto, drawing in the things I wanted, moving the whole perspective down and to the left. This little half-hour session with the brush imparted some good energy that I tried to maintain in the picture. On the second day of painting, a Sunday morning, Ailynne sat down at the table with her crossword and coffee and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to paint her in. Her figure led me to realize that I’d made the table much too small, and the wall behind it much too narrow (she looked rather like a giant, capable of picking up the entire table). So I had to enlarge the wall, the table, and move the window scene a good deal to the right. The result is that the right side of the painting is a bit heavier—there’s alot more paint on it—than the left side. The left side is, incidentally, my favorite part of the picture and I like how much light comes through.

If you’re interested in acquiring this piece, please send me an email at gaberobertsart@gmail.com

Bunny Kitty brought to you by Cats: Painting Pictures Ep. 54

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From Craftsbury Vermont, in the company of Kitty and Bunny, a solo slam-jam with thoughts on Bridget Jones, house-sitting, potty-training, and yoga at home.  Featuring a slice of epic Christmas Music.

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Show Notes: link to Handel’s Messiah: https://youtu.be/1enCdAS4Yd0?list=PL1NdbY2MVsnALj2gBjAX7ItcgL-GgnYv4

December 2016 Desktop Calendar Background

Good morrow good sirs and madams!!! Tis the season of snow! Here in Craftsbury, Vermont, the snow is falling heavily today and it’s beautiful. Our background for December features a photo from here in town, just yesterday before the snow really arrived:

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Please click on one of the following links to download the background for your desktop:
2880×1800, 2560×1600, 1920×1200, 1680×1050, 1440×900, 1280×800

Click here to donate and support more calendars: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=-osQ272KUnOYY46lN4COYvV19ClEYkmimq8yU4-BydEccvf1HFe558W0HXwp8FELa45pm0

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