Thursday, November 20, 2008


"Study - Berthoud Pass View"
Oil on Panel

Well, this one's been spreading through the art blogs like wildfire, so I suppose it was only a matter of time - I've been tagged by E. Floyd and Theresa Rankin, and here are the rules:

1. Put a link in your posting to the person who tagged you.
2. List 7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and comment on their blogs to let them know

I've done a couple of these before so I have a feeling I've probably already covered most of my unusual qualities, but here goes another attempt:

1. I'm terrified of spiders. It's totally irrational, and I know it. Every once in a while I'll have a dream about spiders and jump out of bed screaming - Nate has learned to grab me once I start to jump so I won't pull all the covers off the bed. Luckily, this only happens when I'm really stressed out, and I don't get all that stressed now that I don't have a corporate job.

2. I'm a total clutz. During the RMPAP plein air event in August, I dropped my tripod in the Colorado River while I was painting in Rocky Mountain National Park. So I had to take my shoes and socks off and wade out into the freezing river to get it, and a fly fisherman across the river was totally laughing at me. Maybe instead of laughing he could have waded out there in his waders and gotten it for me?

3. Now that I live in the mountains, I crave chain restaurant food - like, sometimes I really wish I could have salad and breadsticks from the Olive Garden, or chips and salsa from Chili's, or a Chipotle burrito. Of course, living in the mountains MORE than makes up for the lack of shopping and chain restaurants here. When I've been in Denver for a weekend, I breathe a huge sigh of relief as soon as I hit the top of the pass and look down the valley toward home, even if there is no Chili's within 90 miles.

4. I still have my baby blanket, which I call my huggy. I would seriously be devastated if anything happened to it.

5. I hate taking medicine of any type. I'd rather whine and be miserable than take cold medicine or a pain reliever - I don't know why, I just don't like to take meds. I was really bummed this year to find out that I have an underactive thyroid, which means I'm stuck taking a pill every day for the rest of my life - ugh...

6. I like to drive - nothing's better than a long road trip and some good tunes.

7. My least favorite part of my job is coming up with titles for my paintings. I'm so boring - I think I just name half of them using the following formula: time of day + location = painting title. Sometimes I substitute this formula with: weather phenomenon + location = painting title. You know, just to mix things up a little.

Now I'm supposed to tag seven other bloggers, and I'd just like to state for the record that this is not an easy task considering how many wonderful blogs I read, and considering how many people have already been tagged. Anyhow, here they are, and I'm sure some of these folks have already been tagged, but I tried to find people who hadn't done this yet:

1. Susan Carlin
2. Frank Gardner
3. Michael Lynn Adams
4. Cynthia Guajardo
5. Brian Kliewer
6. Peter Yesis
7. Mike Bailey


  1. Hi Stacey, thanks. I'm with you on your number 7.
    I dont have a number 4 though.

    Thanks for thinking of me. Yes, I was tagged by Marc Hanson last week, but I have been putting off posting 7 unusual things about myself. How can I pick just 7?
    And when I do, do I really want everyone to know?

    I'll get on it before I get tagged again.

  2. wonderful painting,this one as well the others down below.
    Your paintings have a "clean" lookand so is your studio too.
    nice to know you
    I will be putting your blog-link on my blog,you may do so if u wish

  3. Stacey - we have several things in common ;)

    1. I hate titling work too...but it's significantly easier for a potter to title work, ie., celadon glazed mug. I so aspire to give my work fun titles in the future based on design or glaze color.

    2. I am also a klutz! (and a big dork)

    3. I too have an under-active thyroid (diagnosed in 2001). It was a hard pill to swallow - pun intended. I've been seeing the #1 thyroid doc in Denver since we moved back in 2004 and happy to say that I now feel great. At first, I saw a naturopath in an attempt to rid myself of the problem even though she told me it was unlikely to happen. I'm not in denial anymore.

    4. I still have my bear that my grandma gave me age age 1 - but she's hermetically sealed to keep her from disintegrating.

    I'll try to get this up soon...

  4. Beautiful study Stacey...and nice to hear about you!!

  5. Stacey, I will be dusting off several unusual things for you this weekend. Thanks for the tag.

    You know, many painters would be happy to paint a finished work as nice as your study.

  6. Yes, thank you, Stacey. I guess. LOL I'll have to think about this. I do have some very unusual things to tell about myself. True. Hmmm, which to tell? Hmmm

    Ah, yeah...thanks a lot! LOL

    Your work is looking great! As always.


  7. Whereas I would curl up and DIE if I knew there were no Chipotle within 15 minutes of my home.

  8. I love your things about you. I was tagged a few years ago and I was suppose to do 100. How hard was that - I did 50. It's a great way to get to know someone (kind of like The Book of Questions in the 80s). And, it's good practise for you to know yourself and what you want others to know.
    By the way, have you been swimming? I'm not doing master, traying to get there in the early mornings. Thanks for your comments on my website. The article was fun to write.
    Hope you're having a good winter - now that it finally feels like winter.