It's been 3 years now since I retired.  It's going pretty well.  The receptionist at the doctors office ask me how was retirement, she was afraid she'd be bored.  It is sometimes, especially this time of year when you can't always get out to do the things you like.   But all in all it's pretty great doing what you want  or not doing anything at all.  I think I earned that right.

We seem to think we should be doing something all the time, but you have to reprogram after you retire to keep telling yourself "you don't have to do anything you don't want to do".   Things that use to seem important, schedules we set for ourselves really don't matter, they'll wait till, whenever, whats the rush.

Seems like that last few months have been difficult to make plans with snow/ice off and on.  But it is good time to work on those art projects I put off.

I started a commission piece, the largest I've ever worked on.   A little paint, some cutting and pasting of special papers.  Some torn book pages and finally some doodling.  It measures 36" x 48".  

This piece led to another, but much smaller piece and some experimenting with old beads and memory wire.

I was looking back at the larger piece after I finished the smaller one and realized how uptight I was the day I doodled the smaller one.  Notice the difference in the openness of the design on the larger red canvas.  Then look at the doodle on the smaller blue/yellow canvas.  The second one is really closed up and closed off design.  It says a lot about how I was feeling that day.  We all have good days and bad days.  An artist can't hide it so easy when their working.

Here's the bracelet I'm just about finished with using an old necklace and memory wire.  I've not ever done this before but I loved the beads and this seemed like such an easy way to make a bracelet.  I just need to figure out if I'm finished with it then put a loop in the wire at each end.

Seems like this time of year is always time to figure out what I want to do with my art and shows.  I was fortunate to be invited to show about 20 pieces in the Valley Art Gallery in Forest Grove Oregon for January and February.  That was exciting, I've never had that many pieces in a gallery show before.    I was one of three featured artist for the show.  

Well it's time for a glass of wine and a little work on my next piece.  Then check the deadline on a couple of shows apps that need to be sent off.   Lots to do just don't have to leave the house to do it some days.  Got my trusty sidekick Fritz, for company.  He follows me everywhere.  So there you have it,  for me retirement is working out pretty good. I have my art and my pup.  It would help if I sold more to help pay for all the art supplies though.  

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