It's been an interesting month, as the transition to fall always is for me. There is work to do around our property to winterize, now that the rains are here in earnest. I was up on a ladder last week, cleaning out the 85' gutter along the north side of our barn. The south gutter needs some cleaning as well. Some of the downspouts need repair and piping added to divert the water from the ground around the barn. Horse blankets were washed and waterproofed, and the woodlot mowed. Yet to come is thinning and grading Christmas trees in preparation for our last year of tree sales. Our property came with about 1,000 fir trees, which we have been thinning every year with sales. Now they are getting too large, so only the ones we want to let grow will stay after this year. It will be nice to reclaim the space for pasture and orchards.
On the Art front...
I will admit that I didn't keep up with my Inktober project. I had a few days in the middle of the month with non-stop activities around the farm and never got back to drawing. I did learn that I am pretty rusty with a pen. That's something I want to change, as least with drawing in general. Working with line is different than pushing paint around. And pen is especially unforgiving.
I am continuing to varnish the paintings that I did last month, and I have a couple of ship out. And I WILL be choosing an animal to work with in drawing and painting. Thank you so much to those who gave me suggestions!
In other news, I am back in an office doing some part-time consulting work. I am determined to keep up with my art despite spending time away from the home and the studio.