I turned eighty freaking five this week. It was quite a pleasant birthday. Emily made a really lovely “Happy Birthday” video which she put on FB and also sent to everyone in the known world. As a result, I received a lot of very nice Email from friends and family from all over. That was a really nice surprise. John brought me back a fine little book from
where he had been attending a Celtic folk festival. The book is about the Group
of Seven, Canadian painters from the early 20th century whose style
is similar to that of Gabriele Munter, the German expressionist whose work I am
emulating (trying to, that is) in the Amish paintings I’m doing. Polly sent a
lovely bowl of sunflowers. John and Sally and I went out to a fine dinner at
the Bistro, a new-ish local restaurant with pretty good food and a stylish
ambience, located in the site of a favorite family eatery, Missimi’s ( child
friendly joint with spaghetti the specialty). Canada
The day after my birthday a package arrived for me and in it was an IPad, from Emily and family. I spent a few fruitless hours trying to get an Apple ID, fruitless because it refused to accept my Email address. A phone call to Apple got that sorted out and now I can go anywhere on it. I expect to waste huge amounts of time playing with it. The best thing, for me, is the ability to enlarge the print so easily and eventually download books. And also to play with the Facetime app with the far off Petrou family….much better than Skype.
I am determined to continue painting. These are pre-IPad, of course, but I have some subjects lined up. Just ordered more canvas board and gesso from Cheap Joe’s, a terrific online art supply place I have used a lot in the past when I was taking art classes at KSU a few years ago. The book about the Group of Seven has given me more ideas, so I shall have fun and do crazy, wild things with paint.