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Well the second try worked, everything sold and I spent this weekend painting a few more ACEO's for ebay....
Its been a while since I posted last, I hope everyone had a really great holiday and I wish you a Happy New Year!
Not much has changed since I last wrote.  I'm still stuck in my too expensive apartment but I guess the good news is there's only three more months on my lease so if a new tenant doesn't show up soon......well.......I know I'll be able to leave at the end of March.  Incredibly the apartment that I want is still available, but I continue to look at ads on Craigslist just in case it gets rented before I'm able to leave here.....very frustrating.
I got a phone message from a woman I spoke with a few months ago while I was still up in NY who's looking for someone to work in one of their two B&B's on Chincoteague Island in Virginia.  I haven't returned the call, I decided against it.  I don't want to put myself in another position where my work would become my life.  I've settled into a nice routine now, although I'm not crazy about the fact that I'm cleaning homes again to make ends meet I do like all the families I work with and it leaves me plenty of time for painting...... I really don't want to have to answer to someone again or feel like I'm working 24/7.....I must be getting old, I would have jump at the chance years ago, its such a beautiful place.
Well......I'm going to put away the paint and put my old body in front of the TV and watch movies the rest of the day.  Happy New Year everyone!
Another weekend painting, some new ones and adjustments to ones that didn't sell last week for a second try.
Still no one has looked at my apartment so moving is still on hold.  I'm so anxious to leave I've already packed everything that I don't need to use on a daily basis.  Patience has never been a strength of mine.
It seems disappointment prevails this month.....still no one looking at my apartment and the one I was scheduled to see yesterday got rented before my appointment to see it.......bummer.
On the bright side all the little paintings I had on ebay sold so its time to get some more done.
I got a couple more paintings done and listed......
the pears and the colander ones have sold.
I'm still distracted by the want/need to get out of this apartment and into something more affordable.  There's no one scheduled to see mine until the 15th which means I'm having to pay this months rent.  I'm scheduled to look at another apartment on Friday.  Although I love the Victorian one I posted below, this apartment is only $550 a month.  It too will be compact but for a different reason....its on the third floor and has those low ceilings that drop into the room at angles....not sure what you call that but its part of the pointed roof line....does that make sense?  Anyway it makes the room feel smaller when you can't utilize all the space........here's what I mean...this is one of the pictures posted in the ad
It doesn't have the charm of the other place but I'm all about not stressing over money anymore.  As it is I can't do anything for Christmas this year no tree, no decorations...no gifts even for the grandkids :-(
OK...back to painting, I gots to earn some money!

I'm trying to stay focused on getting some more ACEO paintings up on ebay this weekend.  I managed to get one new one up on Friday

and I did three others yesterday but I'm not totally happy with them yet so I'll see what I can accomplish today.
I'm distracted by this want to move to a less expensive apartment.  I looked at a place last week that had two apartments available and incredibly they were in a old Victorian house that I had lived in about thirty years ago...damn I am getting old!  I adored both apartments and they are both priced lower than where I am now.  One is a studio and the other a one bedroom......oddly enough I'm drawn more toward the smaller one. This charming little two room is only $665, it would mean a savings of $230 a month....that would be huge.
The trick is going to be getting my current apartment rented before either of these get rented.  In order to get my deposits back on this place (I'm breaking the lease) I need to stay until its rented.  There was someone scheduled to look at my place on Friday but he turned out to be a no show.  I was hoping we could get someone in here and me out of here right away so I wouldn't have to pay the rent here, here it is the 1st and I don't have it.....not all of it anyway.  Can't wait to get off this merry-go-round!
All you artists out there who have spouses/partners in your life that affords you the freedom to focus on your art, you give them a great big hug and kiss and never take them for granted!!