Whidbey Island

Gotta renew on occasion- Whidbey Island, WA

Many people think that being an artist is relaxing. Maybe for some, but most of the time it's not true for me. It can be very stressful with a client waiting and a painting unresolved and not knowing where to take it next- nothing is working and I can't figure out why. There are times when the solution is to leave, put one's mind and body in a different environment, and stop thinking about the problem that needs solving. Much to be said for breaks, or as Neil Young says, "There's a lot to learn from wasting time."Since when is yoga on the beach a waste of time? Pablo seems to think it is.

Bandit, food thief, just Out of Reach- Whidbey Island, WA

We were visiting friends on Whidbey Island last week, and brought a couple of bottles of Out of Reach Muttitage wine. We all enjoyed dinner and wine on the deck, and their pup Bandit, wanted to be part of the action (and steal some snap peas as well.) We saw Bandit going after a pea, or was it the salami?,  just "Out of Reach", and just HAD to capture these photos of him mimicking my painting on the bottle! (the wine label with my painting won "Best Wine Label" at the San Francisco Chronicle's 2012 Wine Competition of over 5000 wines)

(Thank you Anita Nowacka for the photos!)