|"Bumble bee on sunflower" by Hilary J. England|
oil on canvas, 8" x 10" 2016
I have been very busy with several projects. I have *3* books in production at the same time, so that is really a lot to juggle, and I pick up on my MS Comm (that's Master's of Science in Communication and New Media for those who are not familiar with the lingo) in a couple of weeks (first week of October), plus working on a larger painting commission that has me ripping my hair out, lol, so it's been hectic. I did take the day to go out and plein air paint in the gorgeous end of summer weather, which I sorely miss. I didn't go far (the edge of my own property) and just enjoyed the sun, and this awesome bumble bee on my last remaining sunflower.
This summer slipped away from me in a whirlwind of work, heat, and contemplation, but I have much to be grateful for. I plan on stepping it up even more after New Year's, with a couple of residencies I am considering, and some other cool projects with my gallery, and between the projects I have going now, well, it's a lot. But, I like a lot! "A lot" always works for me -- don't want moss growing around my feet!.
So, back to school for everyone, including me, and that's a challenge I always enjoy. When it's said and done who knows -- maybe a Ph.D just because. We'll see. My son is in the U for Physics, looking to be an Astrophysicist, so maybe we'll race to see who becomes a "doctor" first!! :-D :-D Again, lots to be grateful for, and lots to do. No time for leisure books right now, but I have been forcing myself to read before bed just to decompress. Newest book: Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely . It's a wonderful book we are going to use in our Tuesday night women's bible study. I thought I would get a jumpstart on things before we officially begin our group, and it's a very good book. Personally, I don't have time right now to feel "left out" or "lonely," but I can identify with the "less than" part, because sometimes, no matter how much you do, you never feel adequate, or that you are good enough, so this book is a comfort and a guide to help for those moments you feel tired and inadequate. So, I'm glad I've been taking the time to "nourish my soul" right before bedtime.
Well, time to jet! Enjoy the weather, and the little painting~