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Thursday, Jun. 17, 2004

It looks like the lookie-loos have backed off so that we regular diarists can post again. Either that or I was extremely lucky, because I was able to post without fifteen minutes of trying to access the page this afternoon.

Nothing earth-shattering today. I designed an ad for the radio station, one that will go in the local Wal Mart music section. But I really need to redraw our Pony Express rider logo. We can't find my original drawing and the copy-of-a-copy syndrome has really deteriorated the quality over time. I might even attempt him in color this time, though I still like the silhouette. I would like to get some film frames to draw a horse in full gallop, so I can do some frames and make a flash animation for the studio website, since that IS what Boss origially wanted. Trouble is I don't know where I can get something I can break down cell by cell to get a good look.

I haven't drawn in eons, other than doodling now and then, and even then it's mostly cartoon-style people. I really, really miss painting. I have a photo I want to turn into a Monet-esque vignette, an image of a red brick building from downtown here that I think will make a terrific impressionistic painting. It was built at the turn of the century and carries all of the charm of the time, with a wrought-iron fence around an outer raised patio, and the coffee shop even created an art-deco look sign that suits beautifully.

But first, I have to paint, preferably without kids who demand that I do everything on the sun for them first and then demand the painting too.

So it might be a while - though I think when I get home from work tonight I'll edit a small version of the photo in here. (I printed the original on an 8-1/2 by 11 page and had to shrink it for that. I won't do that to the folks on dial-up! It would take them half an hour or more to download it.)

I was thinking, however, of doing some sketches and scanning them in. I really should get back into practice, anyway, if I hope to paint again, ever. There are plenty of inspirations around here. The nice thing about a community that's run down - the artistic subjects are virtually unlimited. Funny how when it comes to living, we want a place that is pristine and new, but for a painting, the older and more ramshakle, the better.

And who knows? If I get a few things done, I might haul them to the Center for the Arts and put them up for sale. Worst they can do is say no.

I also love doing architectural drawings - buildings or furniture. I don't know how viable some of my ideas are - I know I have built some pretty simple things and learned to square them up - so my bookcases no longer look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, for example. I have the concepts in my head, but it's another story to turn it into reality.

As with the Spanish language and with computers, I know just enough to be dangerous.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )