Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM
WIP master study Two Women Drinking Beer by ManetThe heat takes a lot out of me.  Surprising that aside from wiping me out yesterday, I slept like a log to wake at 7 this morning.  With the sun already hot and bright I set out for a long walk.  When I got back I put on a pot of coffee and went out to peek at the garden.  I know, a watched pot won't boil, but I was pleasantly surprised to find some radishes sprouting after just a few days of planting the seeds!  Then I tended to our Dottie who is quite ill right now with something called "old dog vestibular syndrome".   My heart is heavy hoping she gets better soon.  

Then I had some breakfast, cleaned up the kitchen and not even 10 AM yet I did some light housework before beginning my next master study.  I should have stretched the watercolor paper first so it did buckle some when I put on the pastel ground and acrylic medium.  

Spent a little time nursing Dottie and having lunch while we watched a program we had recorded the other night.  By then the day was as hot as yesterday but we were comfortable in the AC.  When the show was over we put on swimsuits and went out back to relax by the pool.  When I felt too warm I'd go in for a quick dip up to my knees.  The water still too cold for swimming!

Early evening found me working on this Manet pastel of Two Women Drinking Beer.  When I needed a break I went to the kitchen and made us 2 pizzas and a salad for dinner then back to work on the pastel a bit more.  

It was a good day, productive.  The only mar on it is old miss Dottie who  looks so sad and is just not feeling well.  The vet has her on medication but told us if she doesn't get better in about 5 days we might have to talk about putting her down.  She adopted us about 13/14 years ago and she already was about 3 years old.  We love her so much it's hard to even think she might not be around much longer.
Miss Dottie
Dottie 2 years ago.


  1. Desiree Says:

    Marta it sounds like you had a wonderful day, I am so sorry to hear dottie isn't doing better. Sometimes we gets so used to having them around we think that they will always be with us. Such a cute picture of her!

  2. Oh, poor old Dottie. We do get attached to our animals - my heart goes out to you right now, Marta.
    Your master's study is coming along great, by the way!

  3. Joan Says:

    Sorry to hear about Dottie! You had a busy day and this study is looking really good!!

  4. jackie Says:

    Hi Marta,
    I love the pastels as it is my favorite medium.sorry to hear about Dottie she looks like my Onyx who is 10. you have also inspired me to take up running:-)
    Keep up the great Art!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    So sorry Dottie is unwell. I hope everything turns out for the best, and I will be thinking of you.

  6. Robyn Says:

    I'm so sorry to learn Dottie is sick. Lots of hugs to you both.

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