Holiday over...back to reality

16" x 20" oil/gessobord, still thinking on the title
unfinished...will try to finish another day...when the oil sets up a bit.

All in a day's work here. Peonies and a Japanese Iris in a glass vase were started today, along with another still life of apples, asparagus, and a copper bowl below. Both are 16" x 20", oil on gessobord.
The copper bowl one should be a challenge. I don't think I've done that yet, and it will have the added challege of a silver tray near the bottom.

All my holiday company left yesterday morning. It was fun having them, but they really pooped me out! It wasn't just them, but also canoing all afternoon on the 4th with 5 canoes and a kayak, unknown quantities of beer, cooking massive quantities of food at the cabin afterwards, 3 dogs having fun in the water....and laughing, laughing, laughing. It was almost better than art.
I also worked at the gallery's outdoor show on Saturday (90 degrees) all day. Got there at 6:30 a.m. to help set up the information booth, make coffee, help checkin artists and answer questions. Busy day, but it seemed rather successful for the artists. Lots of customers walking around with purchased art work!

Near the end of the canoing/eat fest at the cabin. Chris and poor Guiness.
That dog will never be the same. Don't worry, the cigarette was never lit.

The restaurant was also open Thurs through Saturday, Dixon had their yearly Petunia Festival, the kids would party all evening, sleep all day, schedules and plans were changed so often, I gave up and did what I had to do.

But that's what summer and family is all about...with a good mix of friends.

Yesterday evening we catered a fundraiser at the gallery which finished up with Dixon's fireworks. I made it to 9 p.m., but was so tired, I just headed home and was asleep on the couch by 10 pm. Totally wonderful sleep know the kind that you drool uncontrolably...? heh