Green Fig, Oil on panel, 8x6"

Green Fig, Oil on panel, 8x6

I took one bite out of my last green fig and was treated to an explosion of taste and color so brilliant I had to paint it. I gave myself the length of a Tom Waits live concert podcast to paint it. I finished before the concert did. It’s still playing and is fantastic! It’s one of many of NPR’s “All Songs Considered Live Concerts” that can be listened to directly on their website or downloaded from iTunes.

The back up musicians are incredible (love that sax and drums) and there isn’t a boring or annoying song in the whole 2 hour performance. Of course Tom Waits is not for everyone. He trained his voice when he was young to make it sound like a gravelly-voiced old man and it stuck that way. His songwriting is eerie and strange and some might be offended by his more irreverent themes. “Glitter and Doom” is the name of his 2008 tour and it fits the music perfectly.

2007: The Oil Slick Tour

I’ve always been jealous of how musicians get to name their tours, like Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet Tour,” (yuck, gross) Elton John’s “Red Piano Tour, ” U-2’s “Vertigo Tour.” I love the idea that for a period of time you name your “tour.” I think I’m going to start having tours instead of years. I could call 2007 the “Oil Slick” tour, as I’ve worked hard this year to learn how to paint in oils, with lots of slipping and sliding along the way.

Now it’s time to plan my tour through 2008, and gather my roadies and back-up singers. Hmmm, what shall I call the tour? I’m thinking maybe the “Anchored Angels Tour” based on some helpful advice from two friends about completely unrelated issues:

Setting Anchor

I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier but my caffeine habit makes it hard to do that. So my friend Ree told me that she never drinks coffee after a certain time in the afternoon. She thinks of that time of day as setting an anchor, putting in to harbor for the day. Then she’s able to get to bed at reasonable time and wake up rested instead of being kept awake by the caffeine into the wee hours and waking up in need of another jolt of java.

Guardian Angels

Another friend said “Don’t fly faster than your Guardian Angel.” I loved that saying since I’m often doing a dozen things at once, trying to get more than is possible done, and can barely keep up with myself.

If I were rich I’d have a full time personal assistant/personal trainer/life coach/personal chef. But since I’m not rich, I have to do all those things for myself, and sometimes I can be quite incorrigible. So maybe if I adoped a Guardian Angel (and not just the wind-up Parking Karma Angel on my dashboard) she could tag along and fill in for that personal trainer/coach/etc. All available Guardian Angels, please apply within.

Life in general, Oil Painting, Painting, Still Life
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Join the conversation! 8 Comments

  1. I have to say, after I bit it once, it wouldn’t stay there long enough to paint!


  2. I always enjoy reading your musings, Jana! Thanks for the tip about npr’s concert series. I’m definitely going to check that out. And your friend is right – no coffee after 2 pm am you’ll sleep much better!
    Your fig is a beautiful burst of color – wonderful on an autumn morning – thanks!


    • Thanks Casey. It sounds like you’ve had experience with the
      post-afternoon coffee-induced sleepless nights too. I’m glad to know
      you like my musings. Sometimes it seems so goofy sending out my
      rambling mind to the world.


  3. You should think of your Life Coach as you would your Personal Trainer because it is YOU who would be doing all of the hard work to achieve amazing results.
    No magic or angelic wands supplied I’m afraid!

    Oh, and in the UK, Girls’ Aloud had a ‘Tangled Up’ tour which I thought was rather amusing…


  4. I like the idea of naming years or groups of years as tours. I think it would tell others much more about us than just stating our age.

    These last couple of paintings looks much “looser”, more your own style instead of stiffly trying to follow “rules”. I think your on the right path, keep pushing forward!


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