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A Little Hiatus While Some Technical Issues and Deadlines Are Addressed

May 14, 2018
This is a full spread in a 4 x 4 inch “Field Artist” sketch journal with watercolor pages. I’ve been working in the book when I go out and about. I will have a full review in a couple weeks. It has one huge flaw that I’ll give you a heads up about—the page surfaces are not matched across the spread so if you work across the spread the working surface changes at the gutter. Sigh. More to come on that. This is a quick pen and watercolor sketch I did of CR on one of my visits. He was talking with his son, and afterwards when I showed him the sketch he laughed and laughed, “Was I that serious?” he asked. “Yes,” Dick and I said in unison, and we all laughed and laughed.

I have some great posts in the draft stage, including a review of the journal today’s image was created in, and of course the Stonehenge Aqua paper review.

However, I’m stretched very thinly right now as I balance teaching the Drawing Practice class with resolving some long standing technical issues about my website.

Because of that I wanted to give you a heads up that through the end of June 2018 I’m essentially taking time away from the blog.

OK, I know that long time readers have started laughing so hard that they actually peed a little.

Last time I took a hiatus I posted at least once a day and sometimes several times a day.

What can I say? I can’t explain that.

But I do know that there are changes coming up.  

Today (I’m writing this on Mother’s Day) was the first Mother’s Day in 37 years that I haven’t cooked a large family dinner for Phyllis and spent time with her. (And as evidence of how much I loved that woman let me just add that we always prepared the meal at their house so I cooked those meals on an ELECTRIC stove and oven, not gas!)

Since Phyl and I were able to spend so much time together in the past 37 years it might seem that I’m emphasizing special days in an atypical (for me) way. 

I think what I’m doing is simply missing my surrogate mom. 

When you lose someone, even when that person is elderly and the sensible thing is to be prepared for loss, it sometimes hits you in waves. Today was a tsunami.

Rather than rail at the universe I made up a batch of chocolate chip cookies with Dick’s help. We had ice cream sandwiches (with vanilla Hãagen-Dazs ice cream).

Once my blood sugar stabilized and “Rounders” was over (which we watched it again because it was on while we were baking and I really wanted to see Martin Landau and of course John Malkovich in the final scenes!) I was able to think sensibly about my schedule.

It has been a 2-year long stream of time- and money-intensive issues and hassles relating to the blog transfer. It has been difficult to keep all my other work fires going while this has been going on. I’m still making plans for what to do about all this.

The hiatus will give me time without blog posts to compose and post. I’ll be able to devote full attention to work and settle some long standing issues.

If you’re worried about missing a post, please sign the subscription form at the base of any blog page.

Otherwise, just know that you might not hear from me until the end of June, or you might hear from me two or three times a day until them.

Just know that I’m working on some challenging and fun projects (obviously not the technical problems I mentioned before as those aren’t fun for me) and I am using the time to breathe and to think about what new adventures I want to have. Of course you’ll be the first to hear about them.

In the meantime, stop and check me out on Instagram where I am simply RozStendahl.

Now I have to go and paint and I suggest that you do likewise.


    • Judith
    • May 14, 2018

    Happy Painting, and I will look forward to hearing from whenever.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Judith. I had to come back in today to announce the MN State Fair Sketch Out dates which were just set. Looking forward to that!

    • Carmel Campbell
    • May 14, 2018

    Thank you for letting us know. I hope the time is productive for you. In the meantime there are so many inspiring posts on your blog, so now is the time to catch up or review them!

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much Carmel. I hope you have a great summer sketching!

    • Leslie
    • May 15, 2018

    Good for you, please take advantage of the me time, it’s very important. Looking forward to your blogs when your ready. Enjoy.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Leslie.

    • Lillian Burgess
    • May 16, 2018

    All the best, Roz. Hope you are able to take all the time and space you need. I’m glad you have a wealth of good memories.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Lillian, I’m slowly catching up on my work. And I’m enjoying time with CR.

    • Eleanor
    • May 16, 2018

    Hope you get what needs to be done done and you spend some time resting, relaxing, recovering from everything!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Eleanor—no rest, but some more time to get the work done.

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