Welcome to February, everybody. Every single one of you. I’m probably not the first to welcome you to February, but maybe I am! When landing at an airport, my Dad likes to lean over and whisper “Welcome to _____(insert city name here!!)” just as the plane lands, so that when the flight attendant gets on the mic and says “We’d like to be the first to welcome you to…”, we can say “WRONG! YOU’RE NOT!”.
I suppose people don’t really welcome one another to months, though, so I might truly be the very first. Anyhow, here we are, and here’s a new desktop background for your computer:
It’s been a full year since the last time I made a desktop calendar… way back in December of 2016. 2017 was great. I enjoyed the end of every month when I didn’t have to freak out about not having a new background ready for the next month. Well, enough of that! Let’s start all over again, shall we? Welcome to 2018! As per usual, we’re a little late.
Click one of the following links to download your free January 2018 desktop calendar background:
Brought to you by the Arts and Crafts Aisle at Michael’s, this solo surfboard takes you to Hawaii with Jack Johnson, past a stopped school bus in Vermont, and into David’s kitchen where Wok Choi is made. Also, my new PO Box number is shared.
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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.
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A solo ding-dong from Carmichael, CA, brought to you by The Doggy Paddle. Overwhelmed by California traffic, new cars, and new development, this Vermont country bumpkin lashes out at soulless shmucks and insincere customer service.
From Craftsbury, VT, and Sacramento and San Francisco, CA, a three-way throwback to high school days as the Commissioners of Spirit reunite via the tremendously flawed application known as Skype. Being cool, traveling the world, Sacramento hardscaping and Pokemon are discussed.
My big brother Miles joins Painting Pictures to bounce around the spiritual, cultural, and political landscape of December 2016 in Craftsbury, Vermont. Beanies, cats, elections, Canada, and cozy pants are mentioned. Closing sequence of man struggling to saw through a tiny piece of wood.