Well I spent a bit of time in an odd round-about yesterday. I had a really productive day and so I was able to take some time in the evening to work on art. I wanted to try and finish some kind of frame for the little picture of Feathers so I could give it to my friend today, but I tried a couple of times and failed miserably. The first try was felt covered with silk, and I kept cutting it wrong until I just trashed it. The second try was felt with a needle felted covering. Well I started to make the second one and then realized I really needed to try something smaller with the needle felting first, so I got out a test pice of red organza and then started applying some crimson wool to it to learn the process. In the middle of the testing somehow it started becoming a heart and so I just went with it. The needle felting is pretty amazing in that you can twist a very fine piece of wool and get some really cool detail. I haven’t figured out how to get the back of the piece to look as pretty as the front yet.
OK. All I can say is Wow. Jerry’s Art-O-Rama is just amazing. I walked in the door and almost started crying because it has the smell. The smell I remember from so many years at the Art Building at UT. That smell that is tangy with chemicals, sweet with linseed oil, and liberally seasoned with plaster and dust.
Today started as a garden day. The wonderful gift of this week has been the emergence of the first bluebonnets in the garden. Pictured here is the overachiever who was the first to bloom. My hubby and I always have a little contest to see who can spot the first bluebonnet of spring and it pleased him to no end when he saw the first one in our own yard.
So I already feeling a lot of accomplishment, which is added to the fact that the house it very close to being clean and I think I’ll get it back to good condition today after the three weeks of project hell. I’m taking a bit of a break to go off to Jerry’s Art-O-Rama and explore because I have never been there and I thought it would be a fun inspiration trip, and then back to cleaning and cleaning, and cleaning the house. I’m hoping I can make some progress and then finish up the last remaining project I have for the Tempest, because if I do then I can work on the fabric frame for the little watercolor I did the other day to give to my friend tomorrow. Wow, is that a sentence or what?
Here is the second picture of my friend Hink that I painted in the van
while we were coming back from Houston.
Ok, I couldn’t stay away. Here is my next test of mobile blogging from breakfast at Taco deli.
I have been having fun playing with a new Iphone app called Brushes by Steve Sprang. It’s a bit expensive at $5.00 but the interface is really nice and the tools are very responsive. It has multiple undos and redos which is a huge plus. This is by far the best Iphone painting program I have tried.
The things I wish were slightly different are that you have to adjust the size of the brush and opacity of the brush in two different tools, which is something I always do at the same time. And eraser tool would also be very nice. It is also very interesting to paint with your finger. I wish that the program had a smudge tool like photoshop because that is what I instinctively want to do.
Well, I may not be able to post here for the next couple of days because my little Mac Air will be in the shop getting a larger hard drive. I love my computer so much that I have finally filled it to capacity.
Today was really a wonderful day. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me now that I have been able to pass the Tempest stuff on and don’t have to worry about it anymore. I still have one promo thing to do, and I still have some stuff to do to support Thomas, but that’s all right.
Well I finally got all the Gods and Goddesses finished (Ceres, Iris, and Juno from topleft.) The mask on the bottom was the first one I made in this process, and I find it amazing how visible the improvements in my process are if you look at it in comparison to the top two. Anyway, have to run and work on the last two Air elementals so that I can go to Uncle Iolo’s party tonight.
Today was the first good day in about a week and a half since I started getting sick. It is very strange but I swear that this last cold really affected me emotionally as well as physically. I saw my friend DW again today, who was the generous person who gave me the cold, and asked about her symptoms and she mentioned the exact same thing. She said that it didn’t last very long congestion wise but that she was exhausted and emotionally messed up for several days.