I received a comment from SamArtDog
. She said "Your blog is a treasure so I am passing along an award to you, The Liebster Blog Award." Your words, Sam, are all the award I need. I am honored, especially since your blog is one that I treasure. Sam has a mix of wonderful pastels, acrylics, the first iPhone paintings I ever saw, and photographs of a part of America I've never visited. I suspect that Sam has picked up a bit of "Southern" along the way--I think she likes my stories. Thank you, Sam.
Earlier, in November, Donna Iona Drozda
named me as one of her 7 links. That was an honor, too--Donna's blog has wonderful paintings of women and beautiful wildlife; she encourages honoring the earth and following the cycles of the moon. I am usually slightly out of step but Donna and I read some of the same books back in the 70s so I feel part of the group. I failed to follow through on that award, too. Thank you, Donna.
And there were some earlier awards I didn't pick up.
Maybe I am just too content arting around here in southern Virginia and blogging about it. The best part of blogging is what I've learned from other bloggers. I considered adding a "No awards please" to the sidebar but it seemed a bit pretentious, especially since I hadn't received any at that time.
Yesterday, I arted around by visiting the Rembrandt exhibit in Raleigh. I think he may be a relative.
|Rembrandt's self-portrait at age 65|
|My self-portrait at around 65 (white conte on black paper)|
Notice the resemblence? His portrait of his red-haired sister reminded me of myself as a child, too.
Tonight, I've spent several hours sitting in front of the webcam, wearing a black fur hat (with the name James Hunter sewn inside), shining a flashlight on my face, trying to look like Rembrandt. I thought it would work but the flashlight washes out my wrinkles! Maybe I need a mustache.
I'm keeping the hat on for taking the trash to the curb. I haven't received my down coat yet--I guess the Eddie Bauer people are hung over from the holidays. AND I paid for shipping--should have waited; they were offering free shipping today.