Thursday, February 07, 2008

You know it's bad when... opt to do some prep for your income tax instead of painting! Yes, that's what I'm doing tonight.

I knew painting today would be a challenge. I had maybe four hours sleep last night (when you add it up) thanks to foal watch. I knew I'd be heading back outside to snow, and lots of it, once the sun was up. Naturally, it was deepest right in front of the barn, and I got to dig it out twice - last night at 11pm, and again this morning before I could get in to feed. The plough guy came just in time to clear the driveway (all half a mile, or 0.6km of it) so that I could stop fretting because the blacksmith was scheduled to come at 9am. Just a short aside: your racetrack lingo for the day! Try using the term "farrier" at the racetrack. I probably haven't used it since the day I did, my first year on the track, and was ridiculed! At the track, it's blacksmith. Just so you know!

At least it wasn't too cold today, because throwing snow around followed by standing holding horses for a few hours can be a recipe for disaster. While wet boots and gloves didn't help, I didn't get too cold. And the kids were relatively well-behaved today.

After that, it was back to throwing around more snow, clearing a path to the manure pile! Fortunately I'd at least arranged for some help to muck out today. After professing that I wouldn't take a nap and the key to not needing one was to just keep moving, I of course passed out when I got back inside. I don't know for how long, and I figure I can tell myself it was a few hours (when I know it wasn't anywhere close to that). It's all about the psychology, and I feel pretty good now! Shall I check in with you at 3am or so?

I haven't posted the latest update on the ghost groom -- I started working on colour earlier in the week. Since then I've put it away for a few days, and yesterday put the racehorses back on the easel. As I'm still working on the underpainting of that one, pushing the detail. I don't usually print my photo reference out large, but in this case it was warranted. Too much going on in this scene!

And while this news probably deserves a post of its own, I'm just going to share it now. Both of my puppy paintings were accepted into the Art Show at the Dog Show. So once again Lara (our favourite Brittany!) will visit Kansas, this time with her new friend Pinkston. I'll be packing them two of them up and sending them on their way shortly!


judy said...

Hang in there with the racehorse one. It's going to be a good one. Love the crop on it. And congrats on the dog art success.

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks Judy. It's getting there, slowly! Soon it'll be to the point where I'm afraid to put colour over it! ;-)