Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dreaming of the Beach


WIP, Umbrella Painting 2, working title, acrylic/printmaking
6 x 18, by Elizabeth W. Seaver

I am a creature of the warm weather.  I like to go barefoot, or if I must wear shoes, let them be sandals.  To my mind, one layer of clothing is the most that ought to be required for any outdoor occasion, unless, perhaps there is a gully washer and then, a rain coat is acceptable.  And to have to wear three layers INSIDE is torture.  But it is better to be layered than cold.

There is so much to keep up with in the winter--a hat, a scarf, a coat, a sweater, and TWO gloves, for pete's sake, not to mention all the regular stuff we cart around.  It is rare that I don't leave something trailing behind me like Hansel and Gretel's bread crumbs. 

That's why I love living in a small town.  Someone who knows you well (and knows your wardrobe backwards and forwards) will happen along in a minute and know the item belongs with you.  They'll look after your delinquent item until they see you later that day at church or in the store or walking the dog.  And they'll probably bring you cookies, too, because they know something must be amiss for you to have been so unaware as to have lost your mind scarf.

Once, I left my cell phone behind at the grocery store.  The cashier called the first person in my phone book.  Then, Wendy called me to say I'd left my phone at Giant.

See, Mom, someone's looking after me.  Of course, it is taking a village.....

19 comments:

Lorie McCown said...

hey looks great, and weren't we just talking about taking good pictures of our stuff? :)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks, Lorie. My new camera is awesome! What was I afraid of? I guess I thought it would be like the tail wagging the dog..it would take so much to learn the camera, I wouldn't be able to paint for a week!

lilasvb said...

hey it is nice to read your story and to see your painting

Vicki Greene said...

Your unbrella series is so fun to view. Great pictures too! Small towns are great. I had the post office call me one year on Christmas Eve because a package came in late and they wanted to make sure that I didn't need it for Christmas.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Just love this Elizabeth! It made me smile, and yes...feel a bit warmer! I hope you all are clicking on Elizabeth's photos...it really brings them closer and you can see all the detail! FUN! And oh yes...when I lived in a small town I LOVED IT!! Wanna go back to one!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks y'all for your fun comments!

Celeste Bergin said...

beautiful image to go with your thoughts about few clothes, sandals and small towns!

LSaeta said...

Love your work and your umbrella series! And I love small towns. In LA, our "tiny town" of 25,000 is a small town!

Megha Chhatbar said...

I love this painting and the story Elizabeth!

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Jeane said...

wonderful post Elizabeth - and the painting is wonderful too :)

Barbara M. said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I love the painting and the story. I seem to be exactly the same, only I live in a big city. I don't think I'm much better in summer either.

Love the painting a lot.

Take care,

Barbara

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I appreciate the comments, y'all. Thanks for stopping by.

Ron Morrison said...

Funpic! I think going barefoot has made my feet fat and fallen, I thought it was supposed to be good for you...oh well I don't like shoes or socks for that matter.

Craig Granger said...

Living 10 minutes from the beach, my wife and I do as much barefooting as possible. Your painting makes me wish for summer again. Won't be too long, but winter still hasn't quit yet.

Great image. Your work is wonderful. Keep it up!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Do you suppose it's an artist thing not to want to wear shoes??

Thanks Ron and Craig for dropping by my blog.

Jeanette said...

Your umbrellas are beautiful. The colours glow. I like them a lot.

I can identify with small town living and how everyone knows everything about you. A bank card slipped out of my wallet buying gas locally a few weeks ago. The station owner drove into town where I work to bring it to me, thinking I might need it urgently. He also brought coffee and cookies. :)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Arent' we luck to live around such nice folks?

Thanks for the lovely comment about my umbrellas. I'm glad you like them. Thanks for joining my blog, Jeanette!

April said...

Elizabeth, you are a great writer as well as painter! Your words were so evocative - had mom and I laughing out loud! It is miserable fog and freezing wet here in the mountains. I don't usually mind winter, but this one is wearing on me. Love having the umbrellas and you smiling face (knee) to cheer me up!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

April! How nice to have a comment from you on my blog! I'm glad you enjoyed my post. It came from the heart, girl!