The unexpected…


Of course I love Vincent Van Gogh, who doesn’t? I also love math, and how it plays such a huge part of art. So when I watched this Ted ed talk I had to share.

Lately, I’ve been busy with our tax’s, and the family. But even more recently I’ve been focusing on my art. Admittedly, I’m bored to death with my art. I’m stagnate, and not inspired by much of anything. Throughout the winter my art has been set aside, and only recently have I started dabbling in my paints. My knitting has taken off, and I call that therapy. Lots of therapy! Nothing has been finished, and I’m still knitting.

This video inspired me to at least think, and I believe thinking is good.

It has inspired me to get my movie out, “Loving Vincent, ” and watch it again. If you haven’t seen it, do go see it. Or, like I did just buy it and watch it over, and over again. That’s the kind of movie it is.

Thank you all for stopping to read Stone Soup, see you next time.

“Fuck you, I like guns.”


I couldn’t have said this better, & I don’t have any knowledge I can fall back on! It is so well said I’m reblogging your blog. Sorry you Gun Nuts. I have guns also, & since you won’t take a realistic stand on this issue, the option becomes to outlaw assault rifles. You can hunt, protect your home, Target shoot, but NO MORE MILITARY WEAPONS,

Anastasia Writes

Edited to add: I can’t thank you all enough for interacting with this post. I am actually surprised that it’s become this popular. This is the first time more than ten people have read anything I’ve written here. I’m probably going to turn off commenting soon because everything that can be said already has been. In general, I’d like to point out that this is an opinion piece. I wrote it on a 15 minute coffee break and posted it unedited. It’s raw, and that’s the whole point. The tone, the language, and the style are intentional. This was written for people like my mostly conservative Army buddies who will never click an article that is titled “Gun control is your friend”, and tend to assume those who support such legislation have never seen a gun before. I’m not a professional writer, nor a particularly prolific blogger until about three…

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Take it, or leave it?   That is the question.

The number one thing that stops an artist or anyone else in their tracks. It is wonderful to do your best, and work hard at it. Some things require it! But repetition is something that will help overcome a persons inability to do our best. An artist for instance, in my opinion will create more interesting art if it comes from the heart, without the fear of painting a piece we think will not measure up.

I work very hard at ignoring what others think, knowing not everyone will like or appreciate my kind of art.  That’s ok, we aren’t all alike, and it doesn’t matter.  You can’t please everyone!

I thought this might help some of you to hear it from a different source….not me actually, and definitely not your mother!  Have fun creating whatever kind of creating you do.

Thank you for stopping to visit Stone Soup,  see you next time.

If you can’t paint, drink it!


I know this is really simple, but sometimes simple is better.  I’ve been busy painting during the day, and watching TV and making dinner for my husband in the evening.  All in all, I forget to sit down and post until I’m in bet late at night.  I awake with great intentions,  but my day gets away from me.

Excuses, excuses!

Even though I am giving excuses, we are all busy and I’m sure at times all our days get busy.  So enough.  I found this extremely simple video, and thought if I can paint a wine glass like this, I can paint an abstract glass with wine.  My theory being if it doesn’t work,  and painting this seems impossible,  drink your model!!!  Try it, it may work for a relaxing afternoon or evening!

Thank you for checking up on Stone Soup,  I’ll post paintings as soon as I’m sure they are finished.  See you soon….

Another Adoption…



original home was London

For months now I’ve been searching Ebay trying to find a “Top Hat .”  No, I’m not going to wear it, although I would do something like that…I love hats. This hat will hang next to the Bowler hat I made into a hanging light over an antique chest.  This little  chest I received from my sister when she passed at the end of 2016, and I’ve always loved it. My mother was an avid antique lover and collector, and  this chest was one of my favorites.  My sister had saved many of our mothers favorite antiques, so I pounced at an unfortunate/unforeseen opportunity to keep them in the family.

My style has changed over the years, and I have few antiques now.  But some things speak to me, and I am unable to turn away.  Especially since we redecorated in a semi-steampunk style early last year.  So the eclectic mix of old, new and repurposed fit right in.

All I can think of is all the stories each of those items has to tell.

  • The hats…can you even imagine the stories, and adventures they might have to share?
  • Or a small ladies dresser, where has it lived and what kind of home has it lived in?
  • A ladies round top trunk.  Where did it travel to, and with whom did it serve?

My mind is reeling with the possibilities and adventures each has had.  My stories are rough, not nearly as eloquently written as some of my friends.  There aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the week to pursue all the wonderful things I’d love to be doing.  Writing, traveling,  or a handful other interests.

Bowler hat hanging light

For now, winter knitting, and of course giving an old hat a forever home will have to do!   I’m very big on Upcycling, and when I take an item in, I’m taking them in as if they were a family member.  An adoption into our family.  But wait…if he’s a family member does he not deserve a name?   Both hats must have identification,  next step, their names!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to check on Stone Soup.   See you soon….

Timeout for Art – YOU CAN DO THIS!


Zebra Designs Destinations has been an ongoing inspiration to me. If I’m a little down, it pulls me up. If I’m flapping in the wind, it grounds me! I love this blog from 🇪🇨 Ecuador. Thank you Z.

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

"My life is but a tapestry of rich and royal hue."  (Carole King) “My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue.” (Carole King)

Recently we’ve joked about the magic carpet on the bodega floor, though our lives are all intricately woven like tapestries.  With each move – and I’ve made many, I’ve met new people that have enriched my life.  Sometimes we exchange ideas and move on, grateful that Life presented us a special gift.  Other times a chance meeting opens the door to a lasting friendship.   Some friendships from long ago remain strong through long-distance communications.  Many of my artist friends fit into that latter category.

“An everlasting vision of the ever changing view – A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold -A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold”  Carole King – Tapestry

This past month several artists have written touching and soul-bearing letters.  

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