It’s been a while since I’ve whined about having Myasthenia Gravis in this space, so how about I start out talking about that. I had a flare-up last week, spurred by the heat we endured for a few days, and by Friday I was so wiped out that I had to miss the memorial concert for Kai Haynes. We actually drove there, but I was feeling worse on the way up, and by the time we got there, there was little parking close by, and the walk was too much of a challenge, so we just came home.

Back home, I picked up a piece of art that I’d just barely started. It was a rough pencil sketch on watercolor paper based on several electrical power stations that I saw by the railroad tracks the last time we rode Amtrak.  The original plan was to try to do an Edward Hopper-inspired rendition of these giant industrial collections of framework, wire and transformers.

But my hands weren’t up to that. Friday night I painted a rough outline of what I wanted using some mostly-spent watercolor brush pens. The result looked sort of okay, but was clearly unfinished. Saturday morning and evening, I worked on it further, this time dipping the now-empty brush pens in Winsor-Newton ink, and augmenting that with some fine line Sharpies.

Because my fingers were fairly useless and my pen control was…not very controlled, I decided to take a break for a couple of hours. When I came back to finish it…it looked like it does now. I didn’t think it need any more.

Honestly, it looks better than it has any right to. I think I like the way it came out more than I would have if I’d been able to stick to the original plan. It doesn’t really look much like Hopper at all. I might have to revisit this style the next time my MG flares up.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Over in radioland, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you encores of a recent episode of Psychedelic Shack, and then at 3 PM a recent edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player elsewhere on this page.

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday at 9 AM. You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM. All times listed are Eastern, so if you’re in another timezone, adjust accordingly.

At 8 PM you can hear an hour of Gilda Radner’s live show on a recent episode of The Comedy Vault.

Tonight at 9 PM for the Monday Marathon We bring you ten hours of Beatles Blast. I figure, you can’t go wrong with The Beatles, so there you go.