Waffles and Whiskers

Life can be full of little disappointments.

Today I learned that a wonderful girl I work with, got a job that I had also applied for.  I knew I had missed out, found out a few days ago, and was OK, as I knew I really didn’t want it.

And I am happy for her, but was still hit with a wave of disappointment that she was chosen over me and once again I was overlooked.

But that is my ego bruised and to be honest I am probably more devastated that I dropped my favourite coffee mug than not  getting the job.



In the end, I have a job.  I have so many blessings that it is selfish to focus on stupid disappointments.  She deserves this opportunity, she is an awesome worker, a generous soul and it will make her life a lot easier to not have the extra distance to travel each day.

So we move on.

Each year in August there is a massive art festival here in South Australia.  We call it SALA (South Australian Living Artists) and so far I haven’t got my shit together in time to put together an exhibition.

It’s on the “list” but requires more organisation than I have so far been motivated to muster.

But it provides me with wonderful opportunities to see what other artists are doing and be both inspired and sometimes intimidated by the incredible talent around.

Last Monday I went to the exhibition opening of a friend, her venue, a beach side ice-cream shop.  Pretty good combination according to MJ who happily came along with me, lured by the promise of waffles and ice-cream.



Wednesday was a solo visit to our city Art Gallery to check out an exhibition by a well known portraiture artist – Robert Hannaford.  A showcase of his art,  spanning 50 years, and it was brilliant.  A truly passionate and talented artist.



Saturday was my time to paint and I have made more progress on my new portrait.

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Nearly two hours spent painting that fabulous beard.  The cushion behind his head  was also reshaped and I might have got very excited when I got his nose just as I wanted.

Next week I plan to work on his eyes.

I am very happy with it so far.

And despite not getting a job I didn’t really want anyway, it has been an awesome week filled with art, food, wine and good friends.

I am truly blessed and very grateful.











12 thoughts on “Waffles and Whiskers

    1. Thank you Chris. One hair at a time was the plan. For me an exercise in patience as I usually paint so much quicker. Just focussing on the light and dark

  1. I hope you get to do SALA properly one day. It could do wonders for your art. Until then at least you stay connected to the art scene. There are some disappointments in life but I find that almost all disappointments are met with some form of positive change. I find that life is very much in the middle. For everything good there is something bad but for everything bad there is something good.

    1. Life would be boring without the ups and downs, how we handle them is the main thing.
      It’s not always easy to ride out the disappointments but you are right, there is usually something happier around the corner

  2. abeerfortheshower

    No! I hate when I break a favorite cup. I hope you eventually replace it with something even better.

    And yeah, that is a fantastic beard. We are both jealous and impressed and in awe over your epic beard painting abilities.

    1. It is a good thing that I do have several other favourite mugs so life will go on, just one emu short.
      Im pretty happy with the beard. It is an amazing beard in real life too I believe

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