Monday, July 30, 2012
We had a gathering of rainclouds...
...(love the dark and light contrast)...
...that finally produced some rain. The proof is in the puddle, people. ;)
Okay. I was working on the Doodles Unleashed class and wasn't even going to post this butt-ugly page...but what the heck. It's proof I did the lesson, right--LOL! We were supposed to scribble a big flower with India ink using a pipette! I actually have pipettes, but I have never tried to draw with them. What a disaster! Obviously takes skill I don't have. I'd have huge blobs and then no line at all. I know I'm supposed to be learning to be looser, but this was NO control at all. I kept practicing with the pipette as long as the page was a disaster anyways. Even got out some magenta drawing ink to see if that was any thicker or easier to control--not really. I just doodled squiggles all over.
I did keep going, though. I scribble-colored with oil pastels (also something new for me) all over the place. And I did take paper scraps and randomly glue them all over the flower and page--after all, I wanted to cover up the ugly flower, right? LOL! Done.
I hate it.
Days later...nope...it didn't look one lick better--ROFL!
I think I might gesso over the whole thing and use it as a bumpy background for something else. ;)
Anyways, still thinking of flowers, I decided to give kindergarten a go--and try out some of my new liquid watercolors to see what they do.
I used India Ink and a dip pen and just randomly drew cartoonish flowers all over the page. Then I dipped the brush straight into the liquid watercolors and slapped on some color--paying little attention to staying in the lines.
The good thing? I did not have nightmares...and I really do love my new spot for the art table. ;)
Meanwhile--between rainstorms--it had dropped down to 80 during the day and down into the 50s and 60s at night, so I had the place open for two days. Karma was sitting out there listening to more baby swallows being fed someplace close. It may have been "cooler" but the humidity was 97%. I kept the door and windows open (even though it makes me ache all over), because our days for fresh air are fleeting up here.
Then it went back up to 90 and I closed it up on Saturday. Last night--Sunday night--I went to turn on the bathroom light and whap! A big old moth, spinning in those circles they do, hit me in my left lens--moth dust blurring my vision--and then upside the head! Thank goodness I wear glasses or I would have had moth in the eyeball!
Then it fluttered out into the hallway, landed on the closet doors, climbed quickly as it's many little legs could carry it up to the very top and over the door crack to escape into the closet...never to be seen again by a frustrated woman armed with a paper towel and a fly swatter. I swear they are like flies and sense you are coming. It hid in the closet someplace...just to creep me out and make it hard for me to fall asleep.
I lay there thinking it was going to land on my face in the night. Wondering--when did it get in here?! Has it been hiding for a day and a half? Are there more of them in here? Did it sneak in behind me while I was busy painting shelf boards? And WHY do these insects fly right at my head? You'd think I was a dang street light or something--awk!!!
I'm looking about for flapping wings as I type.
On to something pleasant.
Just for leaving a comment I won an ATC card from Patsy in the Philippines! It arrived Saturday. Isn't it pretty. The quote on it is: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Luke 12:34
On Saturday I did the first coat of black paint on the undersides of the shelf boards.
Hard to find a place to set that many wet boards in my place, so I cleared off the ledge between the living room and the kitchen.
We had a thunderstorm.
Proof in the puddle. ;)
I realized I had forgotten my three glass pens, so I had to show you those.
Sunday...I started in on the second coat. Realized I had forgotten the one board I had tried out with the pegs, so I did that one first so that I could finish up with a second coat on that one and be done.
Removed even more stuff from the ledge so I could fit them all up there. Karma has to watch when I am up and down. Goodness, I might actually do something interesting one of these times--LOL!
That Behr paint really is like painting with pudding! So smooth and creamy!
I am so tickled to be done with that task. Now, today, I can put some things up on the shelves...even if I don't have the baskets yet.
Karma was exhausted from watching me work...
...which kept her from her 5-6 hour afternoon nap.
When I woke up Sunday morning I was still behind 173 blog posts to read. And since Friday I had been getting these emails from the blogger "mail delivery subsystem" that at least dozen or more of the replies I had sent to people who had commented on my blog couldn't be delivered and they would try again??? I've never gotten any notices like that before. Have you? I'm really not sure how many of my witty replies got through because they were apparently trying again every 24 hours and I was getting swarms of these warning alerts for three days. But now they seem to have stopped. ?? So, if you didn't hear from me...it was because my reply was lost in blogger's subsystem---whatever that is?
I had thought about just skipping reading the 173 blogposts (which was probably more like 200 by the time I finished last night, of course), but I just couldn't do it. Did a marathon skimming. And now I am caught up and commenting again as of today--whew! Sorry if I didn't comment on many of your posts. :( I can't let myself get sick, can I? Goodness!
I'm sure this will keep happening. Even on days I am just busy doing painting or drawing I get rapidly behind. What do you guys do? How do you keep up? I am so interested in what you all are doing and what you have to say...but maybe I just can't always comment in your blogs all the time? I am so grateful for each and every one of you who bothers to come and read my blog...whether you comment or not. You all enrich my life!
But something has to give...I think? I want to know, if you had to pick, would you rather I post less often or that I comment on your blog? I always try to reply to your comments on my blog--if touchy blogger subsystem will let me. I will never be a short-winded blogger and will always be an erratic poster, so keep that in mind--LOL! I am really wondering and curious. If I knew how to put up one of those polls I would. Anyways, let me know what you think? And please tell me--how do you keep your online time down?
I have people who just come to read--most of my family and several of my friends, for starters--LOL! I don't plan to stop blogging. Just need to figure out a way I can spend less of my "good" hours during the day on the laptop--so I have a little more time to play with paint and art challenges and Karma. Only joking. Don't listen to her. Karma gets played with. ;)
Have a stupendous week!
"To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom."
Ralph Waldo Emerson