“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


my old friend, the blues

Saturday's wind kept me indoors Sunday, recovering from all the pollen being blown about. I finished this painting (yes, I know  - another chair!) while listening to/watching a PBS special about the plasticity of the brain, and how you need to keep your brain active by just doing & doing & doing, so I just did & did & did.  I completed this painting in a couple of weeks, with an hour here and a couple of hours there, and a couple more over there.  That may be a record for me - I so often get frustrated right at the end of a painting, and after looking at it for a few days, will gesso over the thing & start something else.  I'm not sure what that says about me (although I will admit to a fear of commitment which I experience as a fear of entrapment - for years I've kept a laminated "cartoon" with the caption Window of Opportunity  & it shows a drawing of a window with the word escape written over it).  So I am making it a goal to actually finish those pieces that are working, and stop agonizing & making excuses.  I am also setting as, well, maybe not a goal, but as an experiment, actually working in other colors.  The end of the blues for a while.  I started a small canvas last night with red & gold (I, too, am shocked).  Admittedly it's mostly white, but still . . .  In the meantime, here's a bit of the song whose title I stole from the incredible Steve Earle. Not a great video but a great song nonetheless.


  1. I love your chairs. DO you sell them anywhere?

  2. Michelle - thanks so much! I DO sell them, but it's only been locally in this area, although I think I'm gonna sign up with Etsy or someone - since I started this blog I've gotten a few requests from people not in this area. I usually ask $200 for a small painting like this, but I must warn you that it's actually a little greener (but not much) than it shows on my computer. I spent hours - well, it felt like hours! - trying to color correct it, and just couldn't quite get there. If you're interested, or know anyone who is, I"ll get my boyfriend to more exactly match the colors & send you an email. You can email me @ smithkaichjones@aol.com. Thanks again!


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