Thursday, June 10, 2010


The warm sunny weather continues. What little rain we've had has been at night and not very much. We did have a thunder storm one day (but not much rain with it) which was quite unusual for this time of year.... most years go by without any thunder being heard around here. It is an El Nino year, but despite what our former governor and other yahoos say our globe is warming. Oops, getting political so I'll go to other matters.

This summer is quite different than most.... Van has gone to Sitka to fish every one of the last 30+ Junes since we've lived here, but this year he has fished nearer to home and has actually been home some. And the weather is keeping me outside more than usual..... I've been waiting for a cool raining day to do several things (like keeping up with this blog) and those days just aren't happening. Today is cloudier than usual so here I am.

I opened my gallery last week, and this year I am opening 6 days a week for 3 hours rather than being just on call or sporadic. I've spent a lot of time matting my new paintings and getting things ready and very little painting.... but my work is cut out for me for the next year.

I had applied for a one person show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council last April and expected to hear something at the beginning of May and had about decided I wasn't accepted but at the end of the month I got a letter accepting my proposal and am scheduled for a show next April. I'm going to have to put a lot more time into painting than I have been these last few years and am happy to have some goal.

And I might be taking on an other project doing some botanical illustration with pen and ink. Its not quite a sure thing yet, but I'd really like to do them.

Well, I need to put a picture on here.

YELLOW IRIS watercolor 14 x 7 1/2

I painted this several years ago..... it never really finished it to my liking, and at some point I had outlined everything with a red Nexus pen. Yesterday I cropped it and fit it into a mat that I had cut wrong for another painting and it seems to work now and its hanging in the gallery.


Mary Anne Cary said...

Congratulations on your show acceptance, Carole! That is really awesome, good for you!!!!
It is a really nice goal to work toward, and enough time to do it, too. Where do you have your gallery? That is such a nice schedule you have, I would love to have something like that.
I enjoyed all your pictures kayaking and exploring, it looks so beautiful. Nice to share it with a friend and have such good weather. We had a nice spring, sunny, warm and dry, but June has changed. Cool, damp and gray! Typical Maine June weather. Yuk! Anyways, I love to kayak too, one of my favorite summertime activities. You get to see so much wildlife, although not as much as in Alaska, I'm sure!
Look forward to seeing some of your work for the show, enjoy your sun!

Carole Baker said...

Thank you Mary Anne. My little gallery is about 200 feet from my house, just a little building. The weather has gotten more typically SE Alaskan. I'm looking forward to seeing some of my work for the show too.... its not coming easily yet.