Friday, August 27, 2010

The Needles are Clicking

It has been a long long time since I picked up the needles and did anything. Yesterday was the day, my long dry spell came to an end. I picked up some very splitty off- white cotton and made a little scarf/sash thing. The reason I wanted it, was because I have a few of those 2 layer wrap skirts you can wear about 100 ways, and I wanted to make it look like an empire waist type thing. Plus, you can't have too many skinny Spring/Summer scarf embellishments in your wardrobe.

George was the perfect disinterested model, don't you think?

Art-wise, I'm gearing up for a "sky study" series, hopefully I can pull that off. I've been "painting in my head" these last couple of weeks. Looking at the sky and thinking, "How would I achieve that effect?" Looking at how the colors blend and the shadows work. Many times The skies have been offering up a very interesting canvas these last several mornings as I take the kids to school, and I've scolded myself for not having my camera along. So it will be living in my purse for some time to come. Here is one I took this morning.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


In case any of you not reading this blog think, perhaps I may have been lolloping around all Summer, here is a bit of what I've been doing. There are three others that haven't been photographed, hanging in the office where I work.

I've been working on painting lilies the most. Just popped into my head one day and I wondered if I could do it.

This one, however, is from a photo I spied yesterday at The Knittin Coop - Robin took some beautiful pictures and this one moved me. Since childhood, the visual affect of gradation has always interested me. I've always wondered if I could replicate it in a painting. I don't know why I waited until now to try it, but here's my first attempt at a landscape since Crayolas and grade school.

It isn't nearly as awesome as the photo, I still need to work on my technique as to how to achieve a more realistic and that popping light that shines so brightly through the gaps in the clouds. I tried leaving it white, but it didn't work. Next time I'll try a little more orange yellow than just straight yellow, possibly.

At any rate, these are my only proof of having done some little things of a crafty nature. It's something at least =)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hello Darkness My Old Friend...

Not sure why that song just popped into my head, but there it is. My last post, June the 24th, weird, I didn't even realize I posted that day. Just happened to be the day I turned 41. I don't pay much attention to birthdays or any of that stuff, I just think it's weird I accidently posted my last rant that day.

Anyway, since then, lots of stuff has been rolling around in my mind. I had lunch with my sister the other day and learned that my dad and his wife had told their friends for some years that if things ever started "Going to hell in a hand basket" for them, that they'd end it all together. While that's still crazy and selfish... it does put another spin on this particular psychosis. It seems that it may have been a decision they made together. Anyway, that's that.

I've been doing some painting lately and they are turning out fairly well. I keep thinking that I am going to pick up the needles again, but it's not happening really. Oh well, it'll happen when it happens.

Lots of other stuff is rolling around in my head, too, but that's a story for later. Life is kind of like writing a book, sometimes you know the main idea of a story and you start to write and let the characters and events take you where they will. These things rolling around in my head are sort of like that. I know where the story is supposed to be going, I have an idea of where I want it to be, but I'm not completely sure how things will add up between the here and the there. That remains to be seen, but as someone recently told me. Start getting prepared and if a miracle happens (when it happens) you'll be ready. =) Vaguety vagueness - yes, but that's ok.

Anyway, I wanted to check in and pretend to blog a little, at least. My whole four readers might be getting worried =)

More soon, school will be starting a week from Monday so there will be less demands that I do this and that and the other thing for 6 hungry children between 8 and 4 on my days off hahaha. See you then!