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Two weeks last Tuesday, the 31st!

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Love Nolan

It’s been almost four  weeks since I had a knee replacement, and I’m so happy that’s over.  I didn’t say much to very many people, probably because I wasn’t looking forward to having another surgery. Now it’s over, I’m doing well,  and all I have to do is eat, create  a little art, and get my energy back!  My energy is slow to return, but my spirit is  right there thinking about  creating.

I haven’t been posting much due to my energy level,  lately I seem to like taking long naps…..  The only thing is, I believe our bodies let us know when we need rest, and when we can let go and have fun.  These days having fun is a three-hour recouperation nap!

My Grandson, Nolan made me a get well card, and one the inside it says, “I hope you like your new knee!”   Isn’t that cute, that can only come from an 8-year-old.

As I get stronger, and can create more art, you will be the first to see it.  I really can’t wait to get back to my normal schedule, get cleared for driving, go out to brunch with my girlfriends, and all the things you take for granted when there isn’t anything to show you a difference.

Thanks for stopping by and checking on Stone Soup.  See you soon…….

 

What Color are you today?

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Today I’m sitting here, feeling very mellow, and it occurred to me that if I had to paint how I feel, I’m not sure I could figure out what color I’d be.  Mellow being a good mellow!   I’m definitely not Blue…

Santa Fe skies

For sure I’m not feeling green…

I definitely don’t feel dirty, or brown…

Or even in the shadows….

So how do we paint our feelings?   I’m happy, well fed, relaxed, safe, loved, and……mellow.  How do I paint all that and clean too?

Have you ever tried to paint how you feel in a color?  If you were to do that, what color would you use, would it change daily, weekly, or at all?

This is what I feel like today..mellow, and happy!

Thanks for stopping by to check on Stone Soup.  See you next time..

An Unexpected Diva Day!

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Last Saturday was the monthly Diva Day.  The fact is most everyone was either out-of-town, or busy in another way.  So what do you do when your monthly girl day falls apart?   That’s what we did……Maxine and I had our Diva Day together, without the others.   My painting still needs a few finishing touches, they will come in the next day or two.  But it was lots of fun just painting with just the two of us…

It seemed very quiet, and after talking about how, sometimes quiet is good, we decided to put some music on and liven the place up.

Maxine was still working on her art when I left at one in the afternoon, but as always she produces wonderful pieces, and I love watching her work.

While I was packing up, I noticed ants just walking around her home like they owned the place.  We never tracked them down, and haven’t any idea where they came from, or what they were after…..But they cannot stay!

 

Later after lunch, my husband and I went to Trader Joes to pick up a few things, and the entire trip  was nothing but red lights.

Another sit and wait day.

Thank you for visiting Stone Soup, see you soon…..

Sometimes We Have to Play!

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Last week several of us got together for our Diva Day. We just played with paint, paper, & a serious supply of plastic wrap.

There are times when playing is the only thing that starts the juices rolling, and this was one of those times.  Since we only get together once a month, talking is mostly what we do.  But we did play, each in our own way.

The process we played with is to cover the paper with paint, and put plastic wrap over the top.  Twist and pull, leave a pattern on the paper, then leave it alone and let it dry.  The darker the paint the more intense the pattern.  If it dries to light, do it over with a darker color.  Or do it a second time to allow for more layers of pattern.  There isn’t any right or wrong way to do this!

When the plastic wrap is dry, and it’s pulled off, start looking for images in the dried pattern.  Again, anything goes.  Whatever you see, either outline it, and paint around it, or just paint around it.  That is called “Negative Space Painting.”  The idea is to blend out the paint you are using for outlining.  Keep it wet, and work it until you have defined images on the paper.

This will be totally different for some, and easy for others.  It took me forever to wrap my head around this method, but it’s fun, and pushes your brain to thinking creatively.

Here are a couple of examples of Negative Space painting…..

Artichoke Flower

God of Wine

Traces of the Past

I hope you have fun trying this, if it doesn’t work the first time, try it again…..OR, use watercolor, or acrylic ink and pour the paint over the paper.  Remember to use watercolor paper, and if pouring a color is what you like don’t forget to wet your paper first. Both mediums will work.  Watercolor will take longer to dry, and has it’s challenges.  Acrylic dries faster, so keeping it open might be a challenge for some.

Thanks for checking in, and trying something new.

Making a Sharp Left!

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Paint on leather

Paint on leather

One thing I can tell you for sure…I get bored easily. Most of the artists I know, create in many different ways. We all love to try something new. New colors, new paper, new techniques and the list goes on and on.  A few weeks ago my critique group decided we’d do a together project and see what turns out.  We decided to paint purses.  So off we all went to find a purse we each felt was worthy of painting.  I choose canvas, others choose leather, some genuine PVC.

While I was struggling with what to put on my canvas/dacron purse, a small leather travel purse called my name at the top of the shelf in my bedroom closet.  It was used one time, I’ve had it for twenty plus years, and I paid a fortune for it in the Cedros District of Solana Beach.   A trendy part of Southern California you only shop at if you feel like spending lots of money.    I wanted something I could travel with that was small enough to eliminate a regular handbag with all the stuff we carry in it.  The purse was so small that I couldn’t get sunglasses into it.

Perfect Guinea Pig for an art project!

Why not paint something on this little purse?  After all I never use it, and it’s been up there for twenty or so years.

So for some reason it seemed right to paint a dragon-fly on it, and well… flowers seemed right too!  It’s the first purse I’ve ever painted, and as you can see it won’t be the last!

Gesso on canvas

Gesso on canvas

Now that the small purse is finished, I’m working on an abstract design for the canvas bag.  I wanted it a little wonky because, well I’m a little wonky and my style is a little wonky.  It all fits don’t you think?

The colors will come next, and who knows what they will be?  I just know that I have red, orange, and gold gesso to work with and anything else I’ll just have to work out with what I have.

Wish me luck.  Painting on a black surface like this is tricky, and it takes a lot of gesso and a love of wonky!