Triumph Over Adversity

LADY
Finishing this class was a Triumph for me.  I really was getting into it and enjoying doing the going out and taking photos, etc.  But midway through the class my beloved cat, Merlin, got sick and after only a week passed away.  I did a few posts about him here with pictures.  I could not function for several days to do much of anything.  But then, I  slowly started doing the class again with the help of this little “Lady” my other cat.  She is a sister to Merlin and they got along great, mostly.  She is helping me immensely by being there when I need her, to talk to and pet whenever I miss Merlin too much.  She seems to understand what I am going through.

So my triumph was getting through this class, while at the same time the class helped me through a really painful time, which is not over yet.  But with Lady’s help and doing my blog and friends and family’s help, I will get through this.

Thanks for listening.

 

Double Trouble

Acrylic painting of Mustangs
Acrylic painting of Mustangs

 

This is an acrylic painting I did, it is a larger painting but I took a part of it for our class today..  I think it fills the bill for Double.  Hope you like it.  Thanks for any feedback you may have.

My Treasure was and is my Cat, Merlin

MERLIN

Merlin was and still is my Treasure!   Even though he passed away on March 13, 2015 he is still here with me in my heart.  I wrote this poem for him on Feb. 6, 2015 before I knew he was so sick.

MY CAT MERLIN

I picked him out of the litter

He seemed so easy going and

close to the Mother cat

When we got home, he was

a holy terror

Energy and activity personified

Knocking everything down that

was in his path

As he danced around the house

He jumped at feathers on a stick

and tried to get at birds through

the window

He’d run back and forth

from window to window

Watching people, birds and other

cats

While he was small he sat on my

shoulder and back of chair

And tickled my ear with his

nose

Many times he would curl up

in the crook of my arm on the couch

and when I moved

He would bite me

So many stories, so little time

He brought me happiness and I

loved him.

Landscape/Crop

Landscape in Mariposa, CA
My sister’s property in Mariposa, CA.

My sister has five acres of property in Mariposa, CA.  It also has a house in the front and to the middle of the property.  It is not far from Yosemite Park or as she and her husband call it, “The Park.”  It is a beautiful area but it is hot in the summer, up to 115 degrees, and in the winter, it can get into the 20 degree temperature.  Also they have had snow on several occasions .

I cropped the original photo and didn’t think it needed any more cropping.

Architecture

Seven stories/Black and White
This is the seven story building where I have an apartment.  It was built in 1964.  It was just remodeled inside much to the tenants’ chagrin.  We had to go through a year of pounding, drilling, etc.  And each floor had to move out for two months at a time and live in a motel.

I took the photo from the courtyard below, then I put the photo on photoshop and made it black and white.  The building is a light beige.  It is seven stories high..  The cluster of palm trees is right outside my window.

To Merlin

Merlin looking out
Merlin looking out the window

 

Merlin came into my life when just a tiny kitten

He was wild and adorable from the beginning

He would race around the house from window to window

Knocking down anything in his path whatsoever

I would find lamps down and bulbs smashed to bits

If it happened to get in his way

He would sit on the window sill and watch

All the birds in the bushes outside

He’d meet me at the door when I came home

And walk me to the door when I left

He was only fourteen when he left me

Too young to be gone but then

I am so thankful for the time we did have

And I know I will see him again.