It's quite summer now. Milo just lays around, trying to find a cool spot on the floor. Cats don't seem to understand our tricks: leaving frozen cloths on the hard floor, putting buckets of cool water everywhere, dampening the cats themselves... "Look at this cloth, it's super cold... just lay on it. Lay on it, you'll like it! OKAY FINE SIT THERE AND BE GRUMPY."
Some wildfire smoke has rolled in for the week and it's making the sky look super weird. When I look out the window (in air conditioned workplace), it looks cold and foggy outside. I can't tell if it's overcast for rain, or if it's just a smoke blanket. The sun looks like a red moon. It's not so bad as to affect us much (I coughed like, twice, so whatever), and the makeshift "shade" can be a relief.
I could do without the nightly snoring, though.
And suddenly I am swung back into Busy mode and it's kind of great. That lazy time of video games and half-assed sketchbookery was actually a bit of a drag. Of course, everything tends to swing out at once - A scheduling snafu threw me into a 6-day-stretch at work, at the same time that I've been getting commissions. The hardest part about splitting a passion and a day job, is pausing the passion to go to the day job for 6 days, and then try NOT to lose track of what I'm doing. Things get lost, forgotten. Plans are abandoned. Paintings are half finished.
Commissions can be scary. Especially when it involves things I haven't tried yet. The scariest part, I realize now, is trying to succeed with a vision that isn't mine, that I've never seen. I have to rely on short notes through emails and hope that I can "see" what you see. And until that project is done, I am a workaholic mess. Hilarious disasters abound. I wish I could share more of it, but it isn't truly mine to share.
So stuff has been tossed on the backburner this past weekend. But I'm back now. Well... there's a second request I should do this week. But for now, there's a bird & market painting that's been waiting for me since last week, and I'd like get back to it!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?