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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….

On the Wall!

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Call me crazy!

After trying for hours to get to sleep one morning this week, I decided to  search YouTube for something interesting to show you.  I’ve always been fascinated with street art, and this basic how to was interesting.  I hope you are as intrigued as I was with it.  Maybe it will kick-start our art in a whole new direction.

Let me know what you think, or email me some of your art.  Thank you for stopping by and checking out Stone Soup.

Easy, and Fun

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I posted this video of Tag Art because sometimes we need to create on a smaller scale.  That’s me!  While on vacation, I journaled, and I love doing that.  I have many journals, some finished, some almost empty.  Yet when Aron Bros. has a sale on journals, or sketch books, I must rush out and take advantage of the Sale!  

When I get bottled up, or stuck and can’t imagine anything to paint I paint rocks.  Now I’ve found tags.,…..shipping tags,  sale tags, and anything I can collage, or glue something onto.  They start out looking plain, unimpressive, and grow into themselves.

While I just had carpel tunnel surgery, I’ll be having a knee replacement in a couple of weeks, and will be glad I have something small to play with during recuperation.  The something small being tags.  I hope this little video gives you some ideas to use with not only tag art, but larger mixed midea pieces as well.

Thank you for stopping by to check on Stone Soup, see you soon…

Work Hard, Play Hard

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When my kids were growing up, I always emphasized how hard work was the work ethic that was important.  I also emphasized if you work hard, you have to play hard.   This offsets the exhaustion of working hard.  I love that philosophy, and my kids have this as their work ethic to this day.

It also came to my attention that laughter is the best medicine!   We are a family full of laughter, love, and hard work.  My grandchildren are being raised with the same philosophy, and they work very hard in school, get good grades, and actually look forward to going to school each day.  Boy, have things changed.  My grandkids all go to schools where the teachers don’t just stand and teach or lecture, they actually dress what they are teaching, getting the kids engaged.  That is different from when I went to school, with the philosophy that you sit down, shut up, and learn from a lecture, or chalk board explanation.  We don’t all learn the same way, and it wasn’t always a snap to get a good grade.

When my husband Les turned the calendar over and this Proverb was staring us in the face, it made me smile.  After all, this has been a constant in our home for years.  To see it on the front of our calendar helped me know my feelings were correct.

I copied this from our calendar, and I hope it  will ring true with you as well.

Thank you for stopping by to see what Stone Soup is up to.  See you soon.

 

 

 

Heat Lazy Part 2

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This week is considerably cooler, even the humidity isn’t so bad. The air is still on, and we are still glued to the TV, and reports of the horrendous hurricanes that are happening in the Southeast. Les and I haven’t stopped worrying about everyone since before Harvey hit Houston. Other than donating money, clothes, etc, Les and I can’t participate, or help in other ways. So we watch and listen.
Meanwhile, I need to stay busy, and my busy is usually my art. This week I’ve been working on my third Prayer Flag, and more tags.

Being a Mixed Media artist gives me an excuse to save all kinds of little things.  Bags of things know one else wants or needs, pieces of fabric, anything you can imagine somewhere in my stash of goodies….I have it.   Putting it to work is key in this process.