Today I sent a high-resolution image from a painting I completed in 1979 of dunes to a quality print on demand service. This painting had been special to me. Not only was it an award winner, but it signified a health come back for me, for I'd suffered a stroke in the previous year at age thirty-two. My life's been one of making a comeback effort. At that stage, I set goals to be happy and active in my sixty-fourth year. Don't ask me why I chose sixty-four. Following a major stroke that seemed to be as far as I could project my positive attitude vision at that time. I turn seventy-one today, and I've had a wonderful family, a fabulous life and a satisfying and thrilling creative career.
I began teaching art from my studio shortly after winning the award for this painting while continuing my art training Smith portrait artist Alan Martin. The next few decades were productive as I traveled widely with my family, exhibiting around Australia and completing commissioned art work as far afield as Yosemite in California, and in the Yasawa Islands in the South Pacific.
A Blast from the Past: 2010
After relaxing and enjoying afternoon tea outside the van, we went for a walk to the beach.
I had my jog along the clean sand of the beach near, Ballina Beach Holiday Park, where we are staying. The photo of my running was near the end of my run in the dark, so it looks very grainy.
It would have been so easy not to have made an effort, and to have stayed relaxing in the park, catching up, saying that I was too busy to exercise. I found the running a little harder tonight than on other nights; I seem to have more fitness some days than others. I ran just over a kilometer in the loose sand, took a rest for five minutes then ran a second one kilometers. It was not the best exercise session I have had, though I should realize the sand being soft, made it a greater effort, to run two kilometres on this sand than it was to run six kilometers at Seven Mile Beach on firm sand. I should not judge the exercise on distance but effort.
Tomorrow I go to Ballina to shop for my fresh fruit and vegetables, and I will be looking for an oval to do my timed 1-kilometer time trial. That is my fitness test, to see how much-increased speed I have gained over one-kilometer in my distance coverage, in the past four weeks.
Here is my favourite—The Coffee Mug.
At seventy, I'm enjoying being able to continue my art career by allowing Fine Art America to take over all of the distributing of my print on demand, art print and designer giftware, creation and distribution.