Open..open…open

Howdy world and good morning! You made it to June 2, 2021. Tonight Hubby will be playing with the Ghosts of Kelso tonight at BaBaloo, a gastro pub that specializes in Cuban and Peruvian food. I am excited as we get to try out a new restaurant in Palm Desert and I also get to see the guys play. I have really had missed being the band groupie and tagging along with them to all their gigs. In the last four years I have missed only two of their shows. If you are a local or visiting the Coachella Valley and you have been missing live music while you were enjoying a meal, then please stop in to the see the guys. The fun starts at 6 PM. Also, I am hoping to stop in at Fantasy Springs as Cam will be in the LIT Lounge giving a free show. Fingers crossed that I make it and am able to get in as I would like to work on writing about other performances from the talented performer that play here in the Coachella Valley.

This is a photo I took of the guys in 2020 right before the world stopped.

When I digitally altered the photo above I had wanted to do something artsy with the guys photos. Back then I didn’t know that I would like painting so much. Now it is getting difficult nailing down photos that I want to recreate. My newest painting I am working on is a photo I took at the Novo in Los Angeles, CA back in November 2018.

The Pistol Annies at the Novo in Los Angles. Photo: Michelle Keena 2018.

I still remember every glorious moment of that concert. I had met another fan and she got me close to the stage so I could get some good photos. It was scary as I remember. I was about four feet from the stage and was worried that I would get discovered with my camera. I really did reach out to the venue management as well as the bands management for a media pass. I was not looking for a free ticket, just a chance to be able to take photos without having to worry about getting caught.

In the photo above, you can tell how close I was to the stage. I was behind two tall men as I was trying to camouflage the Nikon. This was one of the ones I was going to try painting first, but then I chose one that I snapped when Hubby and I had moved places right before the last two songs of the night.

These are just a few of the many I snapped that night. I always try to get good shots of all band members.

Often, I go back to the original cards of photos to take a look to see if I missed something or if something will spark my imagination. After I finished the painting of my granddaughter, I started looking for more things to paint and I pulled of the card from that Pistol Annies show.

This is the one that I kept going back to and the one that I am recreating.

The photos shown above are a few of the ones that I had considered. I think I will try the painting the phot above as I like the guitar player giving the thumbs up sign. To me, getting the band interacting together in the photos, is a huge win (for me).

This is how they start.

I taped a copy of the photo of the canvas and used a Sharpie to trace the image so that the ink bleeds through the paper. These lines are just points of reference as I then will paint over all those marking bunches and bunches time. Sometimes I take out items in the photo or change the background. Below is my progress.

I like the audience reaching out for them in the front of the stage.

I am not one to work on just one thing. I have been reviewing the photos from the pug shoot and I think I have worked out another painting. I start out most things by sketching out the idea if I am combining objects from different photos.

I am going to add Jenny and some of the background and pool.

The sketch above Phoebe and Theo. I am still looking for one of Jenny with the right angles and shadowing. Oh yeah, I forgot about the vase in the background of the above photo. I ordered it from an artist that I follow here on WP and on IG The Alchemists Pottery. (I love it by the way!!) My thinking was to use it to sketch so I could practice and improve my drawing skills. I am sure that it will be placed in future paintings. If you are into pottery and fun little facts about many things, not just pottery, do check them out.

Time to get on with the morning. I sang out “Open…open…open” when thinking about the pending “Opening” of California. Yes, I am ready to get back out into the world and see other living creatures. I will still be wearing my mask at most indoor events but have a little more peace of mind about being social. If you are around my age then you will remember this commercial from Mervyn’s a now defunct retail store.

I think this is from the late 80s early 90s

Oh yeah, one last note. I have been having gallbladder issues and I have been staying away from most meat and dairy products. Anyhow, during the memorial a month ago, I had caught a nasty stomach virus and lost lots of water weight. As soon as I felt better on Monday morning, I took Jenny out for a walk and half-way through my walk, my heart started fluttering wildly and pounding so loud I could feel it. I have had these feelings before when I was low on potassium so that is what I assumed was happening. Anyhow, I made a phone appointment with a doctor in our plan. He ordered a test to check my potassium levels and they were within normal limits (4.0) so, I then called and made an in person appointment with my PCP. At my appointment yesterday after I gave him my symptoms he said “Well, you know if you lost weight and exercise…are you exercising?” He then wrinkled his nose and stared right at me. He also said that this will get better after my gallbladder surgery. I asked again about the weird heart beat and he mentioned that I would need pre-op labs and EKG and I can come back in anytime to get them done. Well thank goodness for his nurse!!! She came into the exam room to check me out and asked if she could run the EKG now. I let out a sigh of relief but said “Yeah. sure. Thank you.” So, for the time being, I am not to do the Jane Fonda work out videos or any of the dance videos till I see a cardiologist. (Insert bewildered and sad face). You see, after I heard him explain my EKG I asked him, “So, can I still exercise?” He didn’t give me the same look at the beginning of the exam but he thanked me for my patience. Old me would have had a Karen moment. However, now is not the time but I am sure I will be back and in fighting shape soon.

Thank you dear reader for the visit. Remember, if something doesn’t feel right, there is no harm in getting it checked out. Be safe out there and where ever you are going today, may you get there safely. Hugs to you and you and YOU.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Davis says:

    Wish I could join you for dinner! Yum

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    1. I wish you could have too! The food was tasty and the staff was the nicest and people danced. Such a fun night.

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  2. terrie gura says:

    I think I am having a vicarious Karen moment for you. Seriously? I know doctors are under a lot of pressure, but “C’MON, MAN!” It reminds me of a BuzzFeed article I saw the other day about the most inappropriate thing a doctor has told you. (insert eyeroll emoji) Heart palpitations are no joke, and I’m glad the nurse realized the gravity of the moment.

    On another note, I just checked out the link you shared for BaBaLoo, and I wish I could get to Palm Desert in time for the show! Their menu looks really fun, and live music with Ghosts of Kelso sounds even better. I hope you have a fun, fun evening! 🙂 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I wish I could say this was an isolated event but sadly it is not for many patients, mainly women. The last few weeks the palpitations have gotten more noticeable 😦 I just am going to keep remaining calm or patient as my doc mentioned…lol. If he only knew.

      The restaurant was a hoot! The staff made the whole experience enjoyable. I only ordered a few different appetizers so I could sample a few things. The friend plantains were the biggest I have seen! (Warming one up now as I couldn’t eat too much last night). I even had a mango habanero margarita. It was hot, but tasty 🙂

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  3. rkrontheroad says:

    I liked seeing the progression of your art work, the band members reaching out to the audience. Would love the restaurant! Hope this heart thing is a blip that passes, but always important to get checked out. Take care

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    1. Thank you Ruth. It really is a great way for me to relax, by painting, especially with the new health concerns. The restaurant was great and I can’t wait to try more from the menu.

      Be safe and well 🙂

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