This week has felt very disordered to me… a not very weekend weekend, a missing day on Monday, and then trying to catch up with what day it is… I am really glad that the week is over! But before I close the curtain on this week, I have a few things to share!
First up… I got notification from my gastroenterologist that the polyps were benign and she will see me in 5 years! Whew! That is an enormous relief… I have a family history that is heavily laced with colon cancer and this news was a very good thing!
Next, I am painting way more than knitting these days…what? I know… but it is true! I am feeling very good about what I am learning. This is week five and, of course, there were new things to learn this week! The goal… to not have my deciduous trees not look like cotton balls on a stick. I won some, I lost some… and I especially like my hard edge trees.
I am getting a very good feel for the amount of moisture will do for a painting. Now, that does not mean I have a good handle on that moisture, but at least I am able to recognize issues, lol! And I was inspired to try another go at the little barn image. So a little free hand sketch… some Arches paper (I don’t have any Arches paper in 11×15… but I am going to get some!) and I found the sweet spot for my sky wash!
I also did better, IMO, with the grassy area. Layering is still a bit of a struggle but I am eager to practice every day! I am loving painting so much, I have signed up for a fall class with the same teacher and I am looking forward to more challenges!
Finally… perhaps my favorite thing of the week is that today is Sherman’s birthday. He is 10 years old today! (60 years in dog years based on his weight) I cannot imagine what life would have been like these past 10 years without him. He is my bright spot of each and every day. I absolutely would not have survived Pandemic Living without him. I have never had a dog with so much personality…and I love him so much! This weekend will be full of extra snuggles with him as we celebrate this milestone for him!
He looks grumpy, but he is the biggest softie on the planet… grey face and all! Happy Birthday, dearest Sherman! (who really just wants to know where his next treat is! Haha)
And that is all I have to share with you all this week. Have an amazing weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday with my August OLW update!
Such great news from your doctor Kat. YAY!! Great way to start off the weekend. Happy Birthday to Sherman – I hope he gets lots and lots of birthday snuggles and treats. Finally, I am really enjoying seeing your painting Kat. Not something I do, but yours is lovely. Glad you are enjoying so much that you have signed up for another class.
I love that you’re doing watercolor. It’s been fascinating all these years to watch Rusty do that! I haven’t tried myself since junior high.
Happy Birthday to Sherman!! And great news for you! Have a great weekend, Kat!
Happy Birthday to Sherman! I bet he knows how important he is to you and I bet he gets plenty of treats! Hooray for great news from the gastroenterologist, and hooray for your painting! I’m really glad that you are sharing your work and how far you’ve come in just five weeks. As Kat Paints has a nice ring to it, too!
First + foremost, Happy Birthday to Sherman!!
Second, ENORMOUS happy dance for your test results. So big. Here’s to screenings. And you.
Third, I think you know I love your trees. They are what stands out, for me, in your paintings. So this, what I think of as a sampler, well–I would frame that. (Actually, I would BUY that!) (Hard Edge was my fave section, too.) I’m thrilled to hear you’ve signed up for another class this fall with the same teacher–it must be energizing to have found a good match.
And here’s to a more weekend-y weekend this time around!
Great news on those polyps! And Happy Birthday to Sherman! Your painting is looking terrific, I can see big improvements but I’ve thought they were all lovely. Enjoy your weekend, I hope it’s everything you want it to be!
Happy Birthday, Sherman!!! Love, Chassi and Shelby <3 <3 <3
Great news from the gastro doc. 😀 😀 😀
Your paintings are fabulous!!!
Enjoy your weekend!!!
Excellent news about your results! That’s a heck of a way to start out the weekend!
I can see some real progress in your painting, and hope that in spite of your frustrations with it you are getting real enjoyment from it.
Happy birthday to Sherman! All the treats and scritches for you today, sir!
I’m glad you got good news from your doctor.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERMAN!!! Please give him a bunch of kisses from me.
I’m so glad you got good news from your doctor!
Happy Birthday to Sherman from me and my dog, Abby. Abby told me she hopes Sherman gets plenty of treats!
Have a good weekend!
happy birthday to Sherman!! The way you feel about him is the way I feel about Frodo. I love your watercolor journey and you are so very GOOD!
Happy Birthday to Sherman. I bet if he could talk he would say some similar things about you too! I’m glad you got good news from the GI doc. I love reading about your painting. It’s beautiful.
Oh, Kat!!!! Look at your painting! You’re learning so much – and so quickly. (Practice makes for improvement. The secret trick to all things.) Water management . . . the main bugaboo of water color. (Sigh.) Did you know . . . you can buy HUGE sheets of Arches and then tear them down to whatever size you want???? (It’s cheaper that way, and the paper is actually better quality than pre-cut pieces.) I’m so proud of your painting progress. XO
And happy birthday to dear Sherman! AND . . . such great news about the polyps! Big wins all around!