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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Painting Wolves


Picture taken by me in August in the Columbian Mountains. The wolves are from the Northern Lights Wolf Centre.
My darling Pip is home sick today. She has a very sore throat and a cough. It is most likely the same virus her sister Tabs just recovered from. It has Pip very out of sorts. She cried, in a very confused state, most of the night. I brought her into bed with me (Peter decided to move to the sofa) and she tossed, and turned and cried all night. As I write this she is asleep on the sofa with her darling dog Fernando resting his head on her. Fernando loves Pip so much. He is content to sleep beside her on the sofa all morning. Her cough sounds very short and abrupt like a seal bark.
I missed a coffee date with a friend and could not get a hold of her to cancel. I left a message with the restaurant to tell her I couldn't make it.
Worried about my baby. I hope this virus passes quickly. Tabs was down for at least six days with it.

More and more teaching opportunities for Zumba keep trickling in. This is good. It's physically exhausting to teach as I dance full out for an entire hour, but I figure I can teach up to 4h a day of kids classes or probably 3h adult. Anymore and I think I'd wear out my knees.
Happy that Alumni can take my UBC Zumba classes. It opens it up to a few more people. I hope some of my former classmates try it out :)

Starting my first wolf painting. I am painting with water soluble oil paints. One has to paint fat over thin  (glazing) or wet on wet all at once (alla prima)--so the painting dries without cracking . This is difficult because I have a tendency to want to do both at once. I cannot otherwise the painting won't work--acrylic is different, I can do both at once with that medium. I love water soluble oil as I have asthma and I cannot paint with traditional oils because of the toxic fumes and acrylic fumes bother me more than water soluble oils as well.  Wish me luck--I must be very careful applying the paint as this wolf series means a lot to me. Well, to be honest, every painting I do means a lot to me so whatever...

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