January 19, 2017

As you’re reading this, I’m hunkered down in what is expected to be a gigantic storm.

I realize a “gigantic storm” in Southern California is probably not *that big* of a storm for most parts of the world.

But, we aren’t really set up for weather here.

When we do get storms they’re A BIG DEAL.

Storms with Fred and Frank are … interesting.

Newfs LOVE cold, wet, stormy weather.

It’s impossible to get them to stay inside because their hearts are filled with glee when we have rain.

They run around in the backyard, in the pouring rain, playing happily.

When they get tired, they want to just lay down with the rain pouring on them.

I put large beach towels down inside my backdoor to absorb some of the rain water they bring in with them.

I keep other beach towels handy for drying them.

(Newfies have water resistant coats so rain doesn’t soak through to their skin.  Once they’re toweled off they’re almost completely dry.)

The house does smell of wet dogs though, so I light candles in an effort to disguise The Wet Dog Smell.

I tried to get a lot of errands done prior to the storm’s arrival.

Today, I’ll be doing “house things” like organizing some of my new Penzeys spices, and “batch cooking” a few things in my Instant Pot.

(I love Penzeys, by the way!)

I’ll have candles burning, a cup of tea, a fire in the fireplace, soaking wet Newfies playing in the rain ….

A cozy day.

I hope to get a little time to paint, too.

I recently purchased the most ginormous watercolor palette I’ve ever seen.

It’s on a lazy susan type carousel.

Currently, I have my various watercolors in different tins and palettes which makes it very difficult to see exactly what I have.

It may take me forever to get my new palette set up, but I expect it to make painting much simpler once it’s done.

Guess what?

A woman saw me sketching in a journal/art book the other day and stopped to inquire what I was doing.

I was embarrassed, but she was very persistent and requested to see more of my drawings.

I was, quite honestly, fairly humiliated as I turned a few pages in my book.

I play with art because it’s fun – I’m NOT an artist.


Say WHAT??

Isn’t that the craziest thing ever?

(Yes, yes it is!!)

Oh, and by “girls” she meant my girl faces.

Lately, I’ve been making them with “Orange County lips” which the Inquiring Woman loved.

Here’s a Lip Girl I painted rather quickly one night … she has one collaged on eye.

A hastily drawn Lip Girl.

Inquiring Woman said she’d like a set of four girls for her home.

(Of course, I will paint them on much better quality paper than the above sketchbook.  Also, they will not be as haphazard as the above sketch.)


P.S.  In anticipation of the storm, I bought Fred and Frank HUGE (buffalo) marrow bones. I’m going to let them have them later today – they’ll be so surprised and so happy!

6 Responses to “January 19, 2017”

  1. Michelle

    Well, paint is lighter than a camera…

    Congratulations on your new career. 😀

    • Suzanne

      LOL … I definitely do NOT have a future career drawing and/or painting.

  2. Missy Stalcup

    I totally get the “OC Lip Girl” interpretation! It’s so pervasive.

  3. Jenny Sylvester

    Good luck with the storm!
    Sounds like a cozy day at home…

    I do not miss the rainy/muddy days back in MN on our hobby farm – with 2 labradors…
    the mud! ahhhh…
    Now that I’m in Arizona I LOVE rainy days. BUT I do my best not to be out and about when it rains here… I’m already invisible when I drive and walk anywhere (seriously, I’m not that little – why do people keep walking into me?!)… NO need to make myself more of a target for those that do not know how to drive on wet pavement. (i.e. 95% of Arizona people) ;-P

    Enjoy your new artsy career pipeline. 🙂 Sounds fun!

    • Suzanne

      Yes, we are expected to have a series of storm bringing lots and lots of rain through the beginning of next week. Like Arizona, no one here knows how to drive in the rain. I avoid the roads if I can.


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