The divorce and living situation here is an absolute nightmare--financially, legally, emotionally.
If it weren't for my beloved animolecules--whom The Husband is now trying to get rid of--I don't think I'd make it through a single day. As things are right now, it feels miraculous to get through a day.
And the difficulty is compounded for me because my best friend of more than a decade decided she didn't want to deal with me and my problems anymore--during the worst crisis of my life, when I am already losing so much. Impeccable timing for the end of a friendship, wouldn't you say?
I've been in the studio a lot lately, working on a couple of Diebenkorn-esque "Ocean Park"-style pieces. They're on the biggest canvases I've ever worked on: 3' x 4'. (Although that's not even close to Diebenkorn sizes.) I love working on the bigger canvases, it turns out. I hope to work even larger than 3' x 4' someday.
It's funny, after I've spent a few hours working on one of the 3' x 4' ones, when I look around at the studio, the 30" x 40" recent paintings suddenly look very small to me!
Mr. Fennec, the poster child for sleeping well and getting your full 18 hours.
I'm a painter (and writer and Spanish instructor) living in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I studied classical art in an ARC (Art Renewal Center) school, Colorado Academy of Art, full-time for two years, in order to benefit from the rigorous atelier-style training. I am currently dedicated to exploring abstract and semi-abstract art, working in oil and also in soft pastel. I firmly believe that all human beings are creative, whether or not they have yet found an outlet for the innate creative urge, and that the creative arts are the highest form of human expression. Email me at: jala[at]jalapfaff.com
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