Is this Armageddon? Today's news reports certainly suggest so.
Kenya was anxious all night because of the high winds ... and as a result I was too. Twice I crept downstairs to make sure that the wet snow was not forming a river ready to invade my house. The last time it was caused by a tree felled across the stream. The winds are shaking the biggest trees here.
I gave Leonard a container of the beans yesterday. They taste like candy. Today Peter will be helping me get the staircase ready for painting, and I will package his food and send it home with him. I will likely tuck in a helping of pasta with meat sauce for Leonard as his luck needs a boost these days.
But ... on the bright side, the little box is coming along and I am liking what it is evolving to. I was asked to make a jewelery box for a baby. It's not that easy to think of ideas for a grown-up present for a baby, so it has taken me a long time to figure out what to do with the jewelry box I found last summer at a garage sale in Wakefield. I took it apart and sanded and primed the exterior ages ago but was hesitant about how to proceed. I think it will be whimsical enough for a baby but grown up enough to last till she is older.
And here is what Robert Genn says about painting and art in general ... he says it well ...
Art establishes and makes tangible a time, a place, a thought, an idea.
Art, properly made, enhances and enriches the lives of others.
Art gives an opportunity to endow new life and new meaning into the ordinary.
Art gives an opportunity to design your own world, and, as in your children, create a significant immortality.
Art is hard-earned work that is its own reward and has a degree of permanence.
Art, because it's so easy to do, and yet so difficult to do well, encourages humility in the human soul.
Art is an apprenticeship that can be stretched into a lifelong education.
Art thrives on democratic ideals, freedom of expression and rugged individualism.
Art permits you to step out of the labyrinth and into a quiet corner of your own private joy.