Good Cheer is the name of Langley's thrift store. The stuff just goes round and round the community. Studio 106 often buys props, plates, glasses there for still life set ups or open studio events. Most people I know have bought cherished items of clothing there. This little doll in the sunshine really captured me. I hope someone has purchased her. Again, value is my mountain. I like very dark darks and very light lights. The midtones need to make a believable bridge for the darks and lights. I am working toward saying more using less strokes. I am really happy with the coat hanging in the background. I didn't paint a coat. I painted shapes of dark and light. And voila! a coat! It's very hard to do when you see things with all their details to reduce them to a pattern of dark and light shapes. It is thrilling for me when I accomplish this. The Ray for the Day is: "Offerings at Good Cheer".
Until May 10 of this year (2017) I was living happily in Langley Washington and my husband, Robert, was living in assisted living in Oak Harbor because he has Lewy Body Dementia. His condition was worsening and he was soon in need of care beyond assisted living. I didn't know how we would afford the escalating costs for care until a friend mentioned to me that there are excellent long term care facilities in Ajijic Mexico at affordable costs. I made a couple of trips to Ajijic and researched facilities and liked what I found. In two months I made all the necessary arrangements, both in Ajijic and in Langley. Robert now lives in La Casa Nostra, and I live in a beautiful house in Chapala. This blog is about our journey with Robert's disease, moving to Mexico, and hopefully refinding myself as an artist.