I have done some painting while here in Scotland, although I am not really thrilled with my work. These are done on Stathmore watercolor cards. I'm just not getting the look that I want. I would like a lighter touch - less reality. The hotel suite is not conducive to painting. There is a table and there is a window, but not much light partly because this is a city and partly because of the cloud cover since I have been here. When the sun shines, I tend to want to be outside. When it is overcast, I want to paint - such a dilemma. Due to the lack of electrical outlets, I have not been able to move a lamp near the table. So, I end up sitting on the couch near the lamp with a tray on my lap and the paint on the tray. I will adapt and overcome. All of that has nothing to do with the outcome of my artwork - just complaining. As I tell my students, keep going, keep trying, and it will come together.
I've also done some TV watching, but Scotland does not have much TV to choose from. The BBC and Sky Sports are my favorites. I am learning a lot about sports in the UK and also the housing. There are several shows on during the day about flipping houses, or moving to Australia or not. Yesterday I watched a show that seemed to be a kids show called, "Prank Patrol." A 12 year old Indian girl pranked her father at a Chinese restaurant. The food was bad, a nearby table was rowdy, but best of all the waiter had a "windy tummy." Yep, he kept farting. The little girl could not keep a straight face, and the parents were horrified. It was a great prank. Normally, I am not impressed by 6th grade boy-bathroom humor, but I laughed out loud. I would rather have been watching soccer, but you take what you can get here.
I forgot to mention that we had fish and chips last night. They were quite tasty, but a bit heavy - grease! I love french fires or chips and the vinegar just makes them that much better. The ladies at the fish and chips place were very nice, gave us extra fish, and waved bye-bye to us. They did not do that for everyone. It must have been our accents.