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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Underpainting of Northern Lights. Got a lot of work to do here before it's intelligible.
On January 1, I made a pact with a friend to periodically check up on our progress toward our 2014 goals. Mine were:
  1. Regain where I was in October in terms of health and work;
  2. Finish and hang my show at Roberts Wesleyan opening 3/24;
  3. Get a workshop schedule together for 2014 and market it;
  4. Get my house on the market.

That seemed reasonable at the time, even while recovering from cancer. But man proposes and God disposes, and I landed back in hospital with a significant bleed, which means my recovery started again from scratch on February 4. 

No lifting, no bending, and I won’t even drive until after I see the surgeon on Thursday. However, today is the day when we check in with each other to see how we’re doing at meeting our goals.

Same painting, gridded. The red suggests my year so far, I think.
So where am I?
  1. I was able to walk 2.6 miles yesterday and painted for almost three hours. Some days are better than others, but the general trend is positive.
  2. Of the seven paintings I plan to show at Roberts Wesleyan, I have 2.5 underpainted, and five gridded. That’s terrifyingly behind schedule, but I’ve decided to show them in whatever phase of completion they’re in. Cancer is part of this “God and man” thing, isn’t it?
  3. I’ve done absolutely nothing to put a workshop schedule together for 2014.
  4. My first appointment with my Realtor was interrupted by my hemorrhage and hospitalization. This week she cancelled. On the other hand, I can’t do the detailing I want to do to sell it, either, so we’re at a stalemate.
Yeah, it's a swank little studio, but it's attached to more house than I want or need at this point in my life, so it's going on the block. In the highly desirable Duchy of Oakdale. Call Angie Flack Brown at Keller-Williams in Rochester if you want it.

What goals did you set at the beginning of the year? How close are you to seeing them realized?

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