Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I Changed My Mind

Barn at the Edge of the Woods, 2007. Oil on Panel, 8x10

A few days ago, Katherine tagged me and I declined to participate. I don't usually like to "join in" with things, plus it seemed difficult to imagine what I could actually tell you about me that I haven't already mentioned. But now, I feel like a jerk for not saying yes. So I have decided to play along and I am sure you are all just so relieved and happy to hear that. Heh.

And it turns out that there are a few things I haven't talked about. So here are seven things about me:

1. When I was in my early teen years, I lived with a friend's family in a two bedroom trailer mobile home located in the "good" trailer court in town. There was even a swimming pool (!) for residents only and my friend and I spent our pubescent summer days there trying to get the neighbor boys to like us. But still, it was a trailer park, and well, ick. There was a unique social order there that was mostly based on the size and quality of your mobile home. We were considered mid-level, ours was a single wide rather than double, however it was relatively new instead of old and crappy.

2. I lived in several foster homes as a teen and even though the last one was a really good one (I am still very close with them) I was fed up being so monitored and so I just left when I was seventeen. I rented a room in a house with seven male roommates which was fun, yet exceedingly stupid in retrospect. I had two jobs and managed to graduate from high school despite all of the distractions.

3. Plan A in high school was to go to art college. If I didn't get accepted, Plan B was to become a special education teacher. I had worked as an aide in several special ed classrooms and was encouraged to become a teacher. I was accepted to art school, but ended up spending many years researching special needs anyway after we adopted our handicapped nephew. Which was an odd turn of events because...

4. ....despite having four kids and a dog, I am not really a kid person and I feel really awkward with teenagers. I have never really liked dogs much either. But I love my kids more than anything and now that we have Penny, I find myself having conversations about dogs with other dog owners.

5. I have mentioned this before but just to clarify, I was a complete and total barfly when I lived in Philadelphia. My favorite hang outs were McGlinchey's and Dirty Franks. Both of which are still going strong by without me, by the way. Like the trailer court there was a social order there too, and again, I was somewhere in the middle. Story of my life I guess.

6. I stopped being a barfly when I met Doug in 1988. He was actually my boss and three weeks after he hired me as his secretary we were in love. It was a bit of a scandal at the time but it worked out ok, I think.

7. I am a big time Howard Stern fan. He won me over one day in 1988 when he spent 45 minutes talking about whether his glasses looked better high up on his nose or lower down. Very endearing. I listened to him everyday until we moved to Utah and then I couldn't hear his show for 10 years. I picked him back up when we moved to NY and followed him to Sirius and while I don't pay much attention to the strippers and sex talk, I love the show best when they are all just sitting around talking about tv shows, politics and other current topics. I really love Artie (he replaced Jackie while I was gone) and I have to admit that my daily schedule generally revolves around his show.

Geez, hope I don't lose too many readers over #7. Anyway, my blog picks are:

Stacy and Shan chronicle their busy lives which include, like mine, a busy family life and making and selling their art.

Lisa Call is an artist with a day job who also spends more time in her studio than I do. She makes the most incredible quilts and has a wicked sense of humor.

James Wolanin is a painter preparing for his first solo show in NYC this fall. I am very excited for him.

Paul Butzi shows his beautiful photography as well as discussing issues concerning supplies, equipment and going digital. He also bought 10 boxes of girl scout cookies from me to send to his kids in college. Nice dad!

Rebecca is another kindred spirit. She describes her work, family and gallery dealings. Plus, I love her work.

Joe Kazimiercxyk is a plein aire painter who depicts the landscape in and around Bucks County, PA. Doug and I used to spend weekends exploring that area and seeing Joe's work always reminds me of those long drives.


bridgette said...

Glad you changed your mind! It's always interesting to learn more about the person behind the art.

You are so funny. Not only do I love your posts for the art, but for your take on things. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the mention, Tracy. I laughed at your comment about Lisa's amount of studio time. I've had the same thought.

I love Rebecca's work as well.

Casey Klahn said...

Hey, Tracy - I just wanted to say how much I love the past three barn & building paintings. You have perfected a series of outright complimentary motifs that sing like birds.

Tracy said...

Thanks, Bridgette. After I put the post up, I was thinking that maybe it was Too Much Information!

You are welcome, Shan. And glad to know that others have noticed that Lisa kicks butt when it comes to energy.

Thanks so much Casey. I have to say that I had to go back and look at what I have been posting-I am in the midst of getting things ready for a show and am a bit unsure of what anything looks like right now!

meno said...

I am also glad that you changed your mind. An interesting life you've led.

You should expand on the meeting of the husband story, sometime, if you want to. Sounds like a fun tale.

gr said...

Whoa! Your dog is named Penny too???
There is quite a bit about you that is most surprising.

Tracy said...

Meno, I'll tell the story about Doug and I one of these days. I think I already hit the high spots though. The rest of it is pretty ordinary.

Gary, I noticed that a few posts ago-your beagle Penny. A good dog name, I think.

Kesha Bruce said...

I too am glad you changed your mind about the "tag".

This is my first visit to your blog, but certainly won't be my last.

Nice to have found you Tracy!

Tracy said...

Kesha, wow, you like like the actress Thandie Newton! Thanks for visiting and I like your blog as well.

Rebecca Crowell said...

Tracy, thanks for the tag..like you it's a bit out of my comfort zone but I'll see if I can come up with anything worth posting--your link brought me quite a few new visitors by the way!

Anonymous said...

It sure was fun to hear about the seven things nobody knew. It's amazing what interesting lives people have led to get to where they are.

Thanks for re-thinking the whole "being tagged" business.

Tracy said...

Rebecca, good way to put it, "outside our comfort zone"!

Katherine, thanks for tagging me and I am glad too that I ended up doing it.

Tammy said...


You have to admit that those boys in the court were sure cute back then. We were certainly not very confident then, were we. But we were certainly smoking hot at Skate Country, weren't we. LOL

Tracy said...

Tammy, I was wondering if I'd ever hear from you on this one! Yes, those boys were really cute. Sigh. ah the seventies...

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