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Joyious Monday

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Monday is a day I rarely leave the house. Instead, I paint, create in different ways, and yes I do make my bed! It’s a wonderful day that I have by myself, and without distractions if you don’t count the cat and dog wanting attention.

Last Monday was especially joyous for me. I was feeling so much peace, and tranquility. There was Hawaiian music playing in my living room, and Brother Iz was filling my heart with sweet sounds of the Hawaiian Islands.

We are all thinking of the volcanoes, and earthquakes the big island is going through now, but that doesn’t stop my heart from loving the islands, the culture, and the incredible joy I feel when I spend time there.

A long time friend who lives on Maui once told me to take off my watch, I was on vacation and didn’t need it. He also told me to make sure I put my toes in the water as soon as I arrived on the island. That trip I did just that, and I haven’t worn a watch since. Another trip I forgot to put my toes in the water at the beginning of our vacation, and you know I just wasn’t as relaxed as I expected. On the last day of the vacation, my husband and myself went to the water’s edge, and walked in the sand and surf. It was at that moment we realized what a disservice we had done to ourselves by not taking our walk on the first day there. That will never happen again!

I started a copper painting with all the things I could gather in my studio. A few ideas I took from the “Copper Workshop ” I had completed that Richard Hawk gave. I haven’t been able to purchase the supplies needed to work like Richard taught, but I still need practice. It also helped with that itch to create at any cost. So on a crinkled copper sheet, I started a painting that is my first alone. Sometimes you just have to work with what you have.

What To Do When…..

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Abstract face

You Don’t Know What To Do?

Since I’ve been so inspired, I can also get full of myself too.   In my hear this was just perfect, In reality, not so perfect!  But, while it didn’t turn out as intended, I also didn’t give up on it.   Letting it sit for a couple of days seemed like the right thing to do.   I needed to digest the painting, and think, let it talk to me and think about that.

So I picked out what was working first. Chuckling  as I thought, “not much is working.”  But, I liked her eyes, and even though I wasn’t finished, it was a positive.

The next thing is noting what wasn’t working….another chuckle,  everything isn’t working.  But, as I remembered my time with artist Cathy Carey I realized this painting was perfect for working in opposite colors.   At that point, I knew exactly what I would do with her.  And do, I did!

Sketching Each Day!

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Abstract Iris

Simple?  Yes!  But each thing we do counts even if it’s so incredibly simple.  There are some days that we aren’t feeling especially creative, but we need to do something.  This was one of those days.

As I sat with my Diva Sisters wanting to do something, but not feeling very creative, I pulled out my iPad and did a little sketch of an Orchid that had been a gift.  Somehow, I hit a key that colored the picture, and this is the end result.  I liked it, so I saved it.  It’s a reminder of how simple things can be at a time when things are a little overwhelming.

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This is What I’ve Been Doing…..

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Recently I started taking abstract classes from Richard Hawk, and although I feel I have a long way to go, I also feel I’m on the right road.  My love is for “Figurative Abstract,”  and finally I’m experimenting with the subject matter and having fun doing it.  One of my art sisters decided to take classes with me, and together we go twice a month for direction and inspiration.

This video is of Richard Hawk.   I hope you can see why I’m impressed and why I’m growing as an artist.  If nothing else happens, I can tell you this…..I’m painting more often, I’m being more bold and less afraid while creating, and have no fear of what the end result is!   I have never believed that there are mistakes, only opportunity to learn and grow.  Richard believes the same.  He has me using pens, crayons, ink and all things are on the table in an effort to explore creativity.

It is one of the most fun things I’ve done in years.  Many articles have been written about finding inspiration, unblocking your creativity, and how to start looking at things in a way that sparks ones inspiration, and I’ve written several of them myself.  Richards classes have definitely taught me how to do that and more.

As the days and months go by, I plan on showing just how crazy I can get, and how crazy my art turns out. In an attempt to show all of this to my followers, my hope is that you can see growth in me as well.   I owe all this to my new mentor Richard Hawk the artist.

Thank you for stopping by and reading Stone Soup,  see you next time.

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….

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.