My red barn painting is finally taking shape. It is far from a masterpiece…yet (remember dear reader, optimistic thinking). However, I am starting to have more fun with the painting as I gain confidence that it will at least be something I can hang around our home. No worries, the barn will change again, I have just blocked in the general details of the red barn.

However, my happiness is a little muddied this week because I have lost my pear paintings. I have been carrying them around in a shoe box to protect them. Yes, not very conventional, but highly effective. I left them under my painting table this past Saturday during class because I ran out of space on the surface of the table. When class ended, I hurried out to make it to a dinner party and forgot the paintings. I returned about 20 minutes later to find that the shoebox was gone and no one at University Art knew where they went.

I am really hoping that one of the other students took it home in order to keep it safe until next week noticing I had left art class without them. As you can imagine, these paintings have much more emotional value to me than intrinsic value to anyone else. I have my fingers crossed and will let you know what happens in the next art class.

Please send me some good karma dear reader!

Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite.