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Thursday Time Out For Art

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This is an abstract I’m working on.  I have a long way to go I admit.  I started this piece as an experiment, so I’m not afraid to ruin it!  The surprise will be at the end when it doesn’t look like anything I have shown you.

With a studio full of supplies, and more coming in each day.  More supplies mean more projects, and more projects means I’m more productive right?

Wrong!

I’m a terrible artist!  It’s been so hot here that even with air conditioning, I still can’t get anything done.  My studio is stuffy, and hot even though I have a vent for air conditioning, it doesn’t do much to keep it cool in here.

Recently I purchased three deep canvases…..to go along with the twenty new canvases I already have sitting waiting for me to be inspired.  I’m an artist, I can’t pass up a deal!

Thursday Time Out for Art

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Part of my studio, the organized part!

Part of my studio, the organized part!

Is there anything you just can’t live without……..Concerning your craft.  It may be writing, or music, or painting, or cooking.  Each of us has something that they are passionate about.  For me, it’s my art!  And the very thing I love is the very thing that gives me grief.  Do I need to come outside the box more? Probably!

What I can’t live without….. is my art!

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Within the thing I love, I have a few things I can’t live without.  An artist  might say it’s gesso, or a particular color. A musician might say, it’s their chosen instrument, or a particular piece of music.  They might even say it’s their creativity that makes them stand out in a crowd.  It really is our own individual creativity that makes us stand out!

I think we could all say, when their muse takes a vacation, they are on vacation also.

 

IMG_0703What would you say is the one or two things they can’t live without?  Your piano, your journals,  that luscious shade on Indian yellow, or even Marigold?   Marigold is one of my favorites, along with Quinacridone Purple.  Gorgeous!

And still I struggle….

Isn't this color gorgeous?

Isn’t this color gorgeous?

Recently I’ve noticed that I’m all backed up……creatively speaking that is.  I go through this a lot, and I don’t like it, not one little bit!  Maybe I need to go to some galleries, or take a walk on the beach.  We all need energy, and creativity flowing in and out all the time.  I’ve been lazy this summer.  The heat and humidity really took its toll, and I have air conditioning.  Not a good excuse for the Goldie Locks Girl that I am.  Maybe I should say I have had things on my plate, and it wasn’t paint!What is it, and how obsessed are you?

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Thursday Time Out For Art

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Snake Skin going into jar for tanning.

Snake Skin going into jar for tanning.

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about how my daughter and myself skinned a snake.   Many of you were probably repulsed by this, and I certainly understand that.  I have a good handful of friends that are terrified of snakes for various reasons.  Our society hasn’t helped this stigma about snakes, making it difficult to get over.

My kids have all had snakes while growing up, and since they have never scared me, it made it easy for me to say they could have them.  I did draw the line on spiders…..so I thought.   Eventually, my son did talk me into a South American Red Kneed Tarantula, and I learned to appreciate it, but never fell in love with it.

Never was named

Never was named

Most recently, in August my son bought a Blood Python, and the snake was fascinating, and very beautifully marked.  But, right from the time Chris brought him home, he didn’t act right, and it didn’t take longer than a month to go downhill and die.  Chris has had many snakes, some of which people would bring to him and the snake would be  very ill. Chris has always been able to bring them back, and get them healthy.  But, not this time, and we all felt terrible.

The skin was so beautiful that Chris decided to save the it.  He called many places to try and find somewhere that would skin, and tan a skin without having any luck.  So after watching YouTube videos, I decided I could do it, and off we went to recruit  my daughter.  (I thought she’s going to love this!)

Snake skin after tanning.

Snake skin after tanning.

It turned out to be very easy, and the entire job only took maybe two hours at best.  I had thought it would take an entire day.  We were quite successful, and I might say very proud of ourselves.  Scratch that off our Bucket List!

Almost the full length on the skin.

Almost the full length on the skin.

Two weeks later this is what we have.  A beautiful self skin that is well-preserved, perfectly tanned, and ready to take its place on whatever Chris has chosen for it.  Originally it was a guitar strap….we’ll see.

I know this isn’t my usual post for a Thursday, but after all I would consider the color and markings God’s Art!

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Thursday Time Out For Art

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Les, Chris, Karen, Dennis

Les, Chris, Karen, Dennis

Sometimes art isn’t just a painting, or writing a novel, or even a musical score that is art.  Art is in the eye of the beholder!

Here is a picture of my husband and myself, with my sons, Chris and Dennis.  We took a vacation together on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.  Not only was the experience the beauty of being in this fabulous place, but also being in this fabulous place together.  We have a timeshare on Kauai, and this was one of those special times when we were able to get both boys together at the same time.  I will always remember these special moments that we are able to share with the family as priceless.  We explored, tried new foods, and places to eat.  We even shopped at resale  stores…..just to see what they had.

Isn’t it funny that every where we travel we almost always have to check out the local Costco, Wal-Mart, and even second-hand stores to see if they are the same.  You just never know!

Usually we get a condos with a kitchen, that way we don’t have to eat out three times a day for seven days.   We like being able to make a pot of coffee, and have bagels for breakfast on the deck or patio.  The rest is up for grabs, and we are usually scrambling to eat all the food, or trying to figure out how to take it back home with us because we had purchased way to much at Costco.

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We always have fun as a family, never have any regrets, arguments, or anything else negative!  Pretty amazing if you ask me.

Thursday Time Out For Art

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Summer Abstract

Summer Abstract

This little watercolor painting is something I was inspired to paint when I visited an old  friend.  She had picked some roses, and a few other things, dropped them on the top of her BBQ, and proceeded to do something else.  Once I noticed them, I couldn’t help but paint them.  They spoke to me for some strange reason.

Not long ago, I decided to  fill in some of the empty spaces with doodles.  First it was doodles with a fine point pen, then it was decided to use a paint pen.

Some of the most fun I have is doing something without pressure, and simply mindless!  This is one of those times.

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Thurdsay Time Out For Art

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 Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine

Inspired by my first rooster FogHorg-LegHorn, who lovingly woke us up each morning about 4:30am.  We had to be up shortly after that anyway, and we did live in the country……he never seemed to be a problem to anyone.

I’m sure early farmers trained roosters to crow at 4:30am, so they could get a start on their day….It worked!

After painting FogHorn, and loving him in his own simple form, I decided to have a little talk with him.  He felt that I was simplifying him to much, and he needed to be adorned just a little more.  (Roosters are funny that way!) That’s right, my painting spoke to me!   My solution for all this artist talk was to show a little sunlight on his breast, and put written music on the canvas.  He seemed to be happy with this, and that has made me happy as well.

What do you think?   Is FogHorn singing his song now?

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