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More From the Rituals Series

January 28, 2009
ritual-32-smRitual 32 – Acrylic abstract painting on cradled panel
8 x 8 x 2″

This painting is available in my studio inventory. It’s part of a dozen or so that will be ready when the galleries need more.


Today has been a computer day. I’ve spent a few hours trying to clean up my old PC in an effort to get it running a little more efficiently. There are no plans to scrap it just yet, even though I have this wonderful Mac that I’m typing from right now. I don’t want to spring for a lot of new costly software for the Mac, at least not right now. I use it for graphics (painting!) and for the internet. So the old one is going to have to serve my needs for business uses a while longer.

I’ve gone online and found a program that looked OK for scanning and fixing the registry once a week. And I already have AdAware, SpywareBlaster, Spybot Search & Destroy, and the paid AVG upgrade for virus protection.

The first thing I did was go down the list of startup programs in order to disable ones I don’t need. The next thing I’ll do after a nice disk cleanup and defrag (and there’s still no appreciable improvement) is to run the spyware programs again to see if I can find out what’s slowing it down. I have a suspicion that some kind of malware is running undetected by both AdAware and Spybot. I might have to get HijackThis, though that is such a hassle. Still, I’m in detective mode now, and once I reach that mental state, nothing will do but to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Oh joy.

Comments and Other Stuff

I’ve started replying to each comment individually, and that makes the comments section look kind of silly. But I’ve never been really happy lumping all my replies together in one. Does anybody have any thoughts about this? If you subscribe to comments, wouldn’t you prefer just to see the direct reply to your comment? Does any of this matter?

I have started using more keywords within the text of my blog, and that’s why you see “abstract painting” in the captions under my art. I’ve read that you need to do that so the spiders can find your blog and place it properly in searches. I read that it also helps to have key words in bold throughout the body text when possible. (That’s why I put them in the captions.) Does anybody have any extra hints about that?

So that’s my day. What’s going on in your studio?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2009 2:17 pm

    Hi Martha,
    I will ask my computer literate other half about your computer slowness. I design websites but the ‘programming\software\spyware’ side isn’t my thing and I always need his assistance and advice, and help!
    regards, Annette
    ps my studio (work table) is still in a state of organised mess! but work is progressing and migrating from it

  2. January 28, 2009 2:30 pm

    Thank you Annette – that would be nice! I know just enough to be dangerous.

  3. January 28, 2009 7:32 pm

    Wishing you all the desired pc speed. It oo need to clean up my computer at regular intervals.
    Today my studio needs cleaningup as I prepare myself for a thoughtful change in direction. I am looking around the internet enjoying how my favorite artists are developing.

  4. January 28, 2009 8:44 pm

    Hi Martha!
    I have been admiring the images posted in your blog which led me to explore your website (WOW!) which, in turn, led me back here to tell you how much I love you work! The colors & textures are fantastic, I enjoyed the pieces individually but then when I saw them displayed in a grouping (especially the Haiku Series) it was particularly striking. Thank you for sharing your images and thoughts…


  5. January 29, 2009 12:51 am


    I answer each comment individually. It seems correct and the most polite to my Southern sensibilities. I know that I like the individual attention. Even when I’m addressed by name in a response in a group reply, it’s not as personal to me.


  6. January 29, 2009 12:54 am

    hi martha!
    I always think a direct reply is best as it is a aknowlegment that you have made a contact of sorts and is loke a conversation. I thought that is what you did anyway!

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