Saturday, July 31, 2010

sunny Saturday

It's cool and sunny. Fair conditions for an impending Lugh. Bennie's bejeweled Spirit Doll is complete, but without a special quote. She's waiting until she bumps into something with meaning and worthy of writing on a doll she may have for some time. At least she isn't knuckling under to some Green Day lyric.

This is the progress on the table thus far. The white area is waiting for the wavy trees. Once the paint is dried, I may find images to glue to the table around the painting. Then the whole top will be covered in that pearlescent paint I got for a $1.00 at Home Depot. They had a clearance shelf in the paints area ~ something I'll visit more often.

Now it is well past time for my favorite radio shows. So I'm moving my stuff to the sun room and basking in the glow of a cool Saturday morning.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

more studio meanderings

True to my original intent, I started painting the stool/table thing black. Well, I thought it was black. It's more like a deep, deep umber stain. So I worked two coats while the table was turned over to get the undersides done. Today, I hope to follow through with two coats for the top side, possibly getting a coat of gesso on the metal for a decent painting surface. I'm feeling kind of Van Gogh-ish. Starry Night-ish, in fact. Not a direct copy, but using a few of my favorite elements from that timeless masterpiece ~ moon, stars, the wavy trees and especially the brush strokes.

Every once in awhile, I'm working the sleeve for the Monk Coat. I originally planned to knit mitered squares for the sleeves, but found it too cumbersome to work all that out. So, instead I've picked up about 50 stitches 'round the arm hole and have started knitting the sleeve in the round. It's working so far. The knitting is blissfully meditative as well ~ something I can do with this summer.

Finally, I have here my finished Spirit Doll bejeweled and bedazzled. She can hang on the studio desk awhile. Bennie is still dressing her doll up and would still like to find an inspiring quote. Shakespeare is generally good for such stuff. Sometimes a little Emily Dickinson goes a long way too.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

meanwhile, back in the studio

Yes. The easel has been moved into a more prominent area of the studio. Dead in the middle, in fact. That should keep my attention awhile. It's been too long since I've painted.

However, the other thing that has caught my attention is this stool I've been using to stack brushes and paints on while I'm painting. The Naugahyde was ripped off unceremoniously sometime ago to reveal a rusting sheet of metal for the seat. I wasn't inspired to do much about it at the time, but now I am. It's suddenly important to get this thing painted and embellished before I even paint the blank paper on the easel. Procrastination? Perhaps, but at least I'm still painting. It has to count for something.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

proper linkage

In the last post, I'd mentioned Violette's Creative Spirit Doll instructions. They can be found here. It's about the 9th entry down in the Art Tips archives. There's other nifty stuff too.

Friday, July 23, 2010

rainy day spirit dolls

Based on Violette's Spirit Doll instructions, Bennie and I passed the rainy afternoon painting, glitter gluing and embellishing the dolls we'd sewed earlier this week. (Violette's link isn't working well as of this writing, but the Spirit Doll instructions are a Freebie and on site somewhere.) Last week, I'd done something to my lower back, some sciatic nerve something, and hadn't been down stairs until just this past Monday. I'll not ruin the creative moment with the laundry list of things that needed to be attended to, but after I'd done some of it to the best of my capabilities, I sat down with Bennie to make our dolls ~ something she'd been after me to do for quite some time. Needing to sit more often than deal with domestic chores made it the perfect time to do something creative.

We gleefully went through the calico fabrics, some antique, some new-ish, for the forms. Once sewn and stuffed, we added gesso to the areas we wished to paint. Those sat to dry for a couple of days only because Life kept me busy again and Creativity was put on hold. I detest the Creative hold time ~ there isn't even muzak playing to endure it. Now that they are painted, glitter glued and drying, Bennie is trying to find or think of a quote to add to her doll. I wrote up a quote from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in which Beatrice says: Then there was a star danced and under that I was born. Fitting enough.

Tomorrow, we help a friend build a pre-fab shed for her parents. It'll be like an Amish barn raising, but on a much smaller scale. And with power tools.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

today, we are chess pieces

Tom and Bennie are working with Frank at the local Rec Center playing live chess: Capt. Henry Hudson & Crew vs. The Pirates. Tom played Henry Hudson and Bennie was a formidable Queen beating the snot out of Frank on the game board. In the last photo, I fear Tom enjoys his "kills" a little too much. We'll have to talk about that . . .

Dirk and I were impressed with the time and effort put into creating a live chess game involving the Rec Center summer program kids. Tom and Bennie (and nameless others) practiced for weeks and it showed ~ even when Frank stepped in to replace someone who couldn't make it today.

And though Ian is under-represented photographically, I can assure you he is doing well and hanging out with his buddies in town ~ in a Fedora, no less.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010