I've been semi imprisoned in my house this week, sealed in by plastic tarping and masking tape. The painters are here and the outside appearance of my house is changing as I write. Here are a couple of pictures that give you a glimpse of the changes so far.
The grapevines have filled in a lot since taking the before picture about two months ago so some of the painting of the railings may have to wait until fall. The painters have been doing a great job of painting around trees and flowers, going so far as to wrap up one of the floxglove flowers next to the house to keep it from being splattered.
I did manage to find my way out on Saturday evening and went to the opening at TAG, featuring Carol Kleinman, Darlyn Susan Yee, and Betty Sheinbaum. It was an unexpectedly eventful evening as the power went out - not just for the gallery, but for the whole neighboring area of Santa Monica. It didn't stop people from coming and and looking at the artwork. A recent, small drawing of mine, Coastal Pines, was sold too, I'm happy to say, and to lovely people - what could be better?
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