Sunday, July 31, 2011

the lazy summer day

Obiwan and Pi lazed along with Bennie and me today. Dirk and Ian were working on the front porch. I'm not showing photos of work. I refuse. Better to focus on the beauty of a lazy day. Bennie and I drank ice water with thyme, lemon balm and bee balm. She read Beedle the Bard while I read Charles de Lint. Bennie would bead an anklet, I finished knitting a Tarot bag for the latest addition, the Gaian Tarot. We dragged out blankets and napped on the shady lawn, then had a long late afternoon swim at the lake before making a Puttenesca with Farfalle for dinner. A strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting is waiting on the counter ~ a perfect end to the perfect lazy day.

Bennie and I also created an altar to Lugh for Lammastide. Corn dolly, cone flowers, a whimsical Ravenclaw pen, colored pencils, paintbrush ~ these were all included with Bennie's SoulCollage® card and a haiku to Lugh . . .

God of many skills
enter the halls of Tara.
Be with us this day!

I appreciate a God of many skills. I can relate to the Jane of All Trades syndrome as there are too many things I enjoy doing and many things I can do though there's little joy in them. So a blessed Lughnasad and a blessing on having a plethora of skills. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

just stuff

Photos courtesy of Bennie. I've been slowly working this painting. The gold-powdered background has been, you guessed it, coated with Mod Podge to keep the powder in place. So far, I'm pleased with the results. Last night and this morning was spent working black line motifs and swirls on the lower green hand. Getting lost in the painting of swirls and such is relaxing. After awhile, it feels like the painting is painting itself.

In the meantime, Bennie and I have been keeping a careful eye on these Black Krim beauties. We've both been salivating for a decent tomato sandwich since May and it looks like pay day is nearly here. Bring on the basil and mayo!
The lettuce looks quite happy as well. The radishes were a bust. We didn't plant them according to the directions, but the greens are worth a saute or adding to salads. Not pictured are other wonderful plantings ~ zucchini, pumpkins, various herbs. Bennie's only interest was in the tomatoes and lettuce today. Tomorrow it could be lemon balm. All left to her photographic whims!

Friday, July 08, 2011

squeee, I say

The other day, I received my order of art supplies. They were quietly delivered to my front door and carried in by Tom. Three lovely packages of deliciousness! Several bottles of tempera paints ~ including silver and gold, by golly! A one gallon container of Mod Podge. The cats should be afraid. I may be affixing a great many things to other things with the random use of Mod Podge I've come to love it so much. 250 sheets of 24" x 36", 80lb paper for more Source painting. Also a tin of 48 Prismacolor pencils and more Micron pens (I eat those puppies for breakfast thru journal writing so much).

The Open Hands painting is still lurking about on the easel. I dangerously blew gold powder onto the wet paint. I say 'dangerously' because there are strict instructions not to inhale the stuff. But I don't bungee jump or base jump, so this is my risk factor in the studio. Before I continue with more paint (new and old), I may coat the powdered surface with, you guessed it, Mod Podge! If I'm lucky enough not to go anywhere today I may actually manage that task during daylight hours. Otherwise, I will prop the eyes open ala Clockwork Orange and spend my time at the easel tonight.
And I am on Vigil.
And reasons why Dirk can't get anything done over on his desk . . . a large-jowl-black-furred paperweight that does not move too easily when nudged. The phone is his pillow.