Saturday, July 10, 2010

July Respite

July Respite
Oil on Linen

It's that time of year again.  My husband goes on his annual fishing trip with 15 other guys (including his brothers, my brother and son) up in Rainy Lake, Minnesota.  They've been doing this for years.  It's also the time of year when my schedule is completely free, up for grabs, whatever.  Last night I craved a Big Mac.  Haven't had one of those in ages, ha!  And I rented The Lovely Bones.  Great movie, by the way!

In between painting sessions, my daughter and I are planning pedicures and maybe a Mystic Tan (fake spray tan).  It's that time of year when leisure is an art in itself.  I hope you have time for some self-indulgent leisure this summer.  We need time to do whatever strikes our fancy!


Casey Klahn said...

That is a lovely painting - I especially enjoy the light coming in, and the promise of blue.

Enjoy your respite, junk food, fake tans, and chick flicks. Woo Hooo. My poor wife doesn't get a respite, but I have given her a free pass to watch some chick flicks.

BTW, I just rented The Agony and The Ecstasy, which I liked and has been on my list a long time.

Marion said...

Oh, I envy you! To be alone without the male of the species around and girl fun to be had. LOL! I love this painting. It's awesome. I hope you have a blast with your daughter. Blessings!

rahina q.h. said...

beautiful work Janelle, it reflects the solitude you love and mentioned in your previous post.

Caroline said...

I am very impressed with your paintings the colours in the sky and the water reflection are so realistic. I thought for a moment I was actually there!
I read the book and saw the film you spoke about and they are very good! Enjoy your vacation Janelle.

Betsy said...

The painting is always! :)

What a wonderful time you will have. Big Macs, pedicures, tans and movies. That is my kind of vacation...wonderful! Enjoy!

Pam Holnback said...

Love the little bits of blue/violet in the sky. Enjoy your time for yourself!


Just ran across your blog - your landscapes have such an ethereal effect! Dreamy...

susan hong-sammons said...

What a great idea. Don't know if I can relax but I like the idea. And I LOVE this painting. Looking at it bring some inne calm. gorgeous

Jill Berry said...

Your landscapes evoke such glorious ~moods~!
Trees with halos!
Ponds with reflective purpose!

Glad to see you're getting some leisure- not working too hard.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

I have been away for a bit and missed the last two postings. "Chimes" is stunning, the light so ethereal. Like you, I need solitude when I paint. I try to multi-task, but it just isn't part of my nature. Even when I tell myself to try harder, it makes no difference...the creativity doesn't happen. Oh well! I envy your time of solitude now and make sure you enjoy every second of it! Lovely painting in this post as well.

Celeste Bergin said...

The square format of your painting suits the subject and I'd like to get in a lounge chair and "be there". I liked reading about the Big Mac, Lovely Bones and all does sound deliciously indulgent! Have a wonderful "separate vacation" lol I know how you is such fun to have the whole house to yourself (for just awhile).

neetzy said...

Enjoy your well-deserved respite. This painting appears to reflect that perfectly! My husband never goes away! Oh well. Today he played video games while I went out to paint! I'm taking a break from landscapes and doing some animals. They are quite difficult! I find the challenge to be a good thing. I read Lovely Bones but did not see the movie.

loriann said...

Beautiful sky!!!!! SOunds like you have wonderful plans for a relaxing time...enjoy!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Casey, Thanks, glad you like the painting. Yes it was great while it lasted:) The Agony and the Ecstasy sounds like a good one!

Hi Marion, Ah yes, so nice to be in strictly female company for a while. Except the cat is male, hah! Blessings to you too!

Hi Rahina, Good point, I never realized that before. Thank you!

Hi Caroline, Thank you, and I'm so enjoying your winter skies!

Hi Betsy, It would be fun to do it more often. Thank you!

Hi Pam, There's nothing like girl time. Thanks!

Hi Susan, Thank you and welcome!

Hi Susan, I still plan on getting over to Oak Park to view your work. Things need to calm down a little. Thanks!

Hi Jill, Trees with halos. Yes, I guess there are:) Thank you!

Hi Catherine, Yes, solitude is best for getting into the zone, isn't it? Thank you so much!

Hi Celeste, The square is new to me, something different. Yes, having the whole house is a wonderful respite (for a while). Thank you!

Hi Neetzy, It must be nice to have a separate studio from the house. I loved you cat painting! Thank you!

Hi Loriann, I'm still following your workshop experiences with awe. Thank you!