a little holiday cheer mishap

Did you hear the one about the woman at her kitchen table, who was preparing to begin a wondrous, challenging new knitting project, set up her laptop so she could listen to podcasts while she clicked away merrily with her underused circular needles, poured herself a small glass of delicious homemade mead she had procured in a trade for homemade beer with a friend just days before, when absent minded she sat down, began on the 3rd row of a new type of ribbing, reached for the glass of holiday cheer and knocked the thick, sweet liquid all over the keyboard of her lovely laptop?

Well, it's a lovely holiday story, let me tell you. Full of surprised faces, gratuitous swearing and plenty of head-shaking. Unfortunately this was me about 3 days ago. Surprise! Fluids and electronics don't get along well together. Fortunately the little laptop worked for another 6 hours after the incident (and draining it of the holiday cheer as best I could) so I was able to back it up. But the the screen began to flicker, and the volume wouldn't work, and in the morning, all was dark and cold in the little laptop. We had a good 5ish year run. So, hello from my new faster, lighter laptop. Merry Christmas to me? Sigh.

a family history, mixed media on canvas, 30x40 (in), commission

a family history, mixed media on canvas, 30x40 (in), commission

affordable mini storage, mixed media on birch panel, 10x10 (in), commission

affordable mini storage, mixed media on birch panel, 10x10 (in), commission

something unfortunate occurred, mixed media on birch panel, 10x10 (in), commission

something unfortunate occurred, mixed media on birch panel, 10x10 (in), commission

my couch, mixed media on canvas, 10x10 (in), commission

my couch, mixed media on canvas, 10x10 (in), commission

very serious reporter cat, mixed media on canvas, 12x16 (in), commission

very serious reporter cat, mixed media on canvas, 12x16 (in), commission

After this final push of commissions, it's now time for a little relaxing, a little visiting, and as much time outside as possible. I've a few things I am hoping to accomplish around the house this Christmas; organizing and purging. Excavating dust bunnies from hard-to-reach places, and planning the first of the trips in the New Year. And not spilling things on my new laptop.

I considered briefly making myself stay out of the studio this Christmas, but who am I kidding. When I want to paint, I'm going to paint. I scored some lovely little 4x4 inch birch panels the other day, and currently have four 16x16 canvases for a series of anti-portraits I've a hankering to paint, as well as two 36x36 inch canvases. I will most likely move to the work table from the couch (where Coltrane is contentedly sawing logs while her head is partially buried under my nearest hip) and coat them in their outline-ready iron oxide red, whilst I crank some Christmas-y tunes from the speakers of my new laptop.

The holiday cheer will rest on the drawing table....a whole 5 feet away from the laptop. It will be in my adult sippy cup with the lid and small drinking hole so that there is very little chance of it spilling or reaching my laptop if it does spill. Paranoid? You bet. Aren't we all a little bit about somethings?

Happy Christmas friends! This might be the last post of the season, or it might not.

Behave yourselves.