It is hard to maintain one a day paintings and still have friends, exercise, eat, a job, spouse, a tidy yard and a clean house. It is even more challenging when you add a full kitchen remodel. Since we cannot agree on granite or cabinets, we have divided it into two stages, and the wood floor is being installed, and the appliances built into their final position. I am trying to stay positive and contain the dust away from wet paint. Since the late summer weather is warm, I am still painting the sea! Anything to avoid the green tones of the landscape.
While the appliances were disconnected we ate with our neighbors and took them with us to Rochester, where we visited the Masters, downtown Detroit and Meadowbrook, a classy stately home with marvelous flower beds. Inspired and flexing my green thumb, I ripped out all the daylilies and installed a lawn, and the rain came.
All the seascapes came back from Florida, the condo is now someothers responsibility, which is a huge relief since Harvey is creating havoc in the Western Gulf. I am hanging the sailing scenes in the garden room, and getting better though not quicker. I love the subject, but feel that simpler images look the best on such a small scale.
The condition of our holiday home in Tortola is unknown and as of this morning still no word from our dear friends John and Sandra. The eye of Hurricane Irma passed over the island, destroying buildings, and lives, and the lush tropical hillsides are now covered with bare branches and fallen trees, and the palms have lost their tops. It is so sad . Why would I worry about the color of my cabinets, when others have lost their entire homes.
Many of the images used for the paintings were taken in the warm waters of the BVI. But our catamaran Wildfire was moored in Paraquita Bay, the hurricane hole shown on national news with its boats heaped in the mangroves. We were planning to go back in January, and we will, if it is possible to get there. Tortola will need tourists more than ever!