Would you say this is a raven or a grackle? Which one speaks to you most?
Today the weather started turning cold again. I’m trying not to be bummed about it. I’m about to change the sheets on my bed and snuggle under the comforter with my puppy and a good book. I’ve been thinking about my own books lately, and how I basically forget to promote them for months at a time. I wish I were better at this. Perhaps I will still learn.
Today I drew Saint Francis. He plays quite an important role in my Galveston ghost story. I reworked the final chapter this morning. I’m still not sure I’m completely satisfied, but I do know that it’s much improved. I sent the novel to the editor. I like her a lot. I’m sure she’ll have good comments. While I wait there’ll be a hole in my morning routine which I’m hoping will actually make life a bit easier as the busy holiday season approaches. More time to do my online marketing, more time to exercise. Though I know I will miss that one precious hour each day I tend to spend with my characters.
The seventh draft of my new novel is theoretically done, but I’m not completely sure it’s done. There are some scenes at the end that I still feel like reworking. Of course, some things are worth hashing out, and some are ok to gloss over. The key is to determine what ideas are still germinating, where I’ve been lazy or my curiosity and imagination has simply failed me, and where I omitted fleshing something out because it wasn’t important to the story or the atmosphere. These are the things I obsess over. But there’s some magic in it too. Sometimes ideas come to life organically, bits and pieces of the story, details about the characters, come to me if I only give them time.
This drawing is inspired by an Instagram account I follow. I’m not sure it goes with my day, though my day was magical in its own way. I got to go to the gym, then bought groceries to make some food for the party I’m throwing tomorrow for my carousel horses, then helped my friend clean up her art studio.
In the evening I had a very special visit in my own gallery: The historical expert who helped me with my current manuscript came by to see my paintings! We had a really nice time chatting and catching up, and we talked, among other things, about the things people on Galveston Island would eat in 1900. Always fun for me to talk about food, of course!
Today I felt tired after the party, but it was a happy kind of tired. The sun was shining and I had all kinds of positive things to do: I took two paintings to the Children’s Assessment Center, which I’m donating for their Art of Hope event (there’ll be a fabulous party on December 7th). I also early voted in next week’s local elections, but the highlight of my day involved one of my tiny carousel horse paintings. One of Alexander Ross’ little friends went to his new home today. He’s a very lucky horsie who will get to live with two fabulous people! So, now there are only two left, in case you had your eye on them!
Also, I drew a house because I’d like to remind everyone that I’m doing house portrait commissions for the Holidays!
And I’ve been uploading some new art on my Society6 page. Because the Holidays are approaching, and high quality prints and other products make excellent gifts. Speaking of… Look at the beautiful Christmas arrangement my friend brought me! Isn’t it lovely?
Today I felt very inspired to paint the Virgin of Guadalupe. I decided I needed to do it, although I had an ambitious day planned, with getting ready for tonight’s party, a workout, and other errands. In the end I decided to run the errands tomorrow, and to work out tomorrow too. Instead I painted the Virgin and I made an altar for the dead. I found pictures of loved ones who have passed away, and chose some of their favorite treats (red wine, coffee, some art they would have loved), decorated the table with marigolds and candles, placed pan de muertos on my favorite tray. I hung the Virgin just above, then proceeded to make the pizza spider (sans parmesan cheese or an egg wash, because, oh well…), the dead person, and some other stuff. The party ended up being a lot of fun! I can’t even describe it as I’m still basking in the afterglow of just how fun it was. And guess what? The Virgin of Guadalupe painting sold right away! I guess I need to make more of her. Or simply blow my errands whenever I feel inspired to make stuff – which I do anyway. Perhaps I’m on the right track.
Halloween is tomorrow and I am making a pizza spider with red dipping sauce, a dead person out of vegetables, a ghost marshmallow dip, and then some. I also bought pan de muerto at HEB, and obviously candy. I’ve set up a nightmare-themed show in the gallery, and a silent auction upstairs. I’m pretty excited, as Halloween is truly a magical time, and I love celebrating it, love the whole veil between life and death being thin, the idea of life and death being so intertwined. I’m afraid it’s going to be very cold tomorrow – this I am not looking forward to. I don’t know if the dead feel as playful when it’s cold out, but hopefully the ofrendas will entice them to come be close to us while we think of them. Hopefully some of them will watch over me as I bake the pizza spider – it’s quite a production and I hope not to mess up its many legs. I already forgot to buy the parmesan cheese that is supposed to make the legs look hairy. Would a non-hairy spider still be acceptable?
Today I made more vintage carousel horses because the world needs more of them. I also found out there is a carousel in Galveston on the Pleasure Pier. I can’t believe I didn’t know that! Now I want to go to the Island even more…
All in all, I had a good day today. I got my workout in, which always makes me happy, I had some great communication with my collectors as I’m getting ready for the Holiday Season, and overall just felt like I was back to my easy breezy self, after the new moon had caused some inner turmoil for the past few days.