Well Friday the 13th wasn’t so bad after all. After I took Andrew, my 9 year old to school, I stopped at St. Louis Bread Co. for breakfast. Their asiago bagel breakfast sandwich is wonderful. Then I went to my studio to work on my oil painting. I painted Jonathan’s face, Andrew’s life preserver, and did a few details on Andrew’s ball cap. Yes, that is the SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS, YAY CARDS, WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS IN 2011!! I didn’t have that much time to paint, as Andrew got off school early today – 1:00 PM instead of 3:00 PM. Trying to paint along with family obligations, is tough, but I’m determined not to give up my painting. My elderly infirm in laws are not coping well at all with the deterioration of their health and ability to fully function. My husband is an only child, and he is really stressing over this. I’m working hard not to stress over it. Some days I’m able to stay calm, but I do get stressed on certain days. I’m also raising 2 boys, ages 17 and 9. However, I don’t think it is good for anyone if I were to take care of everyone else, and not take care of myself, too.
I’m really happy with the way Jonathan’s face came out. As you can see, it is in the shadow, as his back is to the sun. However, there is subtle ambient lighting, and the warmth, sun, activity, and deep love of sailing and boats has brought some nice color into his face. His desire is to become a naval architect. We are working hard to help him achieve his dream. He is incredibly smart – he is a 4.0 student at a tough private Lutheran school, and very involved in robotics, music, and cross country running. You can tell he’s a runner – look at them legs! And he does have really long legs.