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Nothing Is Off The Table…

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I Love Hats!

Experimentation is the way we grow.  For me, if I’m not trying new things, I’m stagnant.  Many times I’ve been bottled up, afraid of I’m not sure what.  Or maybe not afraid, but rather uninspired.  That is a terrible place for anyone to be in.

We cannot have a lack of inspiration  in our enviroment if we want to survive!

Lately I’ve been experimenting constantly.  Each day I spend time either sketching, or painting.  I’m having so much fun with color, line, crayons, pens, and just about anything I can think of to play with.

 

When my grandson, Connor was about three, He would come over and pick out the longest paintbrush, and sit down to paint.  Later I’d find blue (his favorite color at the time) watercolor paint all over everything.  He had so much fun, and I’d have fun watching him let loose and paint big puddles of blue on the paper.  I always work at emulating his little three-year old person letting go.  Now when I experiment, I pretend I’m three-year old Karen just letting go and having fun.  It’s amazing how free that lets you feel.

These are all paintings I did while experimenting.  It hasn’t stopped and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Thank you for being here to check out Stone Soup.  See you soon!

Perfectionism…..

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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!

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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…

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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….