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Archive for August, 2007

Painting a Custom Mural

A client of mine said, “I would like to have a wall in my house that makes me feel like I am at the beach and could just step into the water.” Since she doesn’t live anywhere near me we arranged for this mural to be painted on canvas, rolled and delivered to her house. It isn’t finished yet, but when it is it will be stretched onto the wall like wallpaper.Partially painted canvas muralWhile working on this project I have been immersing myself in images of tropical scenery. Since I love the beach and all things tropical this painting has been a real pleasure for me. Working all day doing something I love to do, painting, and filling my mind with beach and ocean pictures is really a wonderful dream life. This type of daily life is something I have been working toward achieving for years and years. I feel it is happening and has been happening without me realizing it. I draw, paint, imagine, design and that is my gift. I need to just be grateful for this lifestyle.

Customizing the Side of a Garage

I spent about 3 weeks working on this mural. It is a side of a garage. My client and I discussed what she would like to see when she sat in her courtyard backyard, and it wasn’t the blank wall. She said she would like to be able to see all of her favorite San Diego landmarks right from her back yard in her imaginary scene. I put in the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge, the tower at Balboa Park, the San Diego Convention Center and some typical flowers from the area.That’s the fun of planning and designing your own view. “See my website, http://www.isbellarts.com for the finished mural.  Nancy Painting

Planning a High School Reunion

After 40 years why do we even want to go to a reunion of high school friends. How many people did we really know that well, well enough to want to reconnect? My husband says “Who cares, that was too long ago!” Evidently he is in the majority because most in my class will not be coming. I graduated in a class of nearly 900 kids. That’s a lot. So far about 100 are coming. Are people in their late 50’s so jaded and been there done that that they just don’t want to leave their comfort zone or what is it?

How many people really knew each other? Everyone had their circle of friends, and some have even kept up the friendships. I actually have some friends I met in 5th grade. So my point is, the friends I want to keep I have kept.

Going to a high school class reunion for me is an opportunity for a small adventure. It is unpredictable, you never know who you will see and maybe meet for the first time. It is a chance to be in a room full of people all roughly the same age, with similar backgrounds. We all grew up in the same town, same neighborhood, same era. That alone is enough of a draw for me. I like adventure no matter how small.

Somehow I became the only one of my class willing to take on the planning of our reunion. I didn’t want to do it, I dragged my feet for a year. In fact I waited so long that it was a year late. I kept asking everyone who inquired, ” Do you want to take over?” No takers. I ended up hiring a company do do the hard part, find everybody. Supposedly they had the resources to do this.

That was 5 years ago and all went pretty well.

So for the 40th the big one, I hired them again. Uh oh, big mistake.

Our reunion is 2 weeks away and I am on pins and needles. The company is now unreliable, who knew! I’ll have to wait and see how it all turns out.

La Jolla Cove

So here I am on my first post to this. I’m not even sure why I am attempting to write on such a public forum. It is a bit of an adventure…I think it will take me awhile to figure out the bells and whistles available, I’m not that much of a computer whiz. I would like to change the look, add some pictures, change the pages color, I wonder if that is all complicated.

Well I managed to upload this picture. I just finished painting this on the bathroom wall of a client’s house last week. She wanted a room with a view of the ocean so this is what I came up with. This is an adaptation of a picture I took of La Jolla Cove. I really enjoyed doing this because I am truly a beach lover and it seems like I have a real need to paint the ocean lately.

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