three books

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Have a nice day.

The first thing I saw this morning was a clip from one of the blogs I've been reading - an artist by the name of Nelleke Verhoeff It was a clever little line drawing with the caption, "have a nice day". This pleasant salutation has almost become synonymous with insincerity in this country where young people snarl it out from behind cash registers as though it somehow diminishes them to be polite to customers. Somehow she had managed to instantly restore the message to it's glory days when it actually, in all honesty, meant 'have a nice day'.
Well thank you Ms.Verhoeff, I did have a nice day. I even spent a little part of it making post cards to send out to friends so I could pass the sentiment on. I hope you had a nice day too.

Friday, 20 July 2012

more fun with DIY

I remember the day, many years ago when I discovered that homemade salad dressing takes about five minutes to make and tastes worlds better than most bottled versions. It was a revelation to me, having been raised to believe that Kraft invented the stuff and held the secret formula. It also taught me a lesson that seems to be reasserting itself regularly lately - there are no secret recipes any more. Thanks to the global community we live in there is little information that is not readily accessible. So, when I ran out of modeling paste this afternoon, instead of walking to the art store for a fresh supply I went to the computer instead. Sure enough someone had figured out what it was made of and darned if it isn't the very same thing that makes chalk paint - chalky (see early post "I love Annie Sloan"). Again, I don't know what the exact composition of say, Golden modeling paste but who cares? I discovered that I can make my own by adding calcium carbonate to mat gel and I can make it any consistency I want to suit the job at hand. Five minutes to  luscious goodness. Too funny.

Because it is very porous, it can be used under wax also.

Why I never thought of making my own before now I don't know but I do know that I will be experimenting with DIY texture gels, fibre gels, bead gels...hmmm, I wonder what dog fur looks like in gel?

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Drawing challenge

This weeks drawing challenge, which may actually be a misnomer of sorts since the title is "finger painting",  is hosted by Carole Reid I have watched with interest the various themes this group has come up with and enjoyed checking out the submissions but this is my first foray into the challenge.
Okay, an obvious twist but what fun. I may start wearing a new painting each day to match my outfit.

Sunday, 8 July 2012


I haven't been able to get much done in the studio for the past couple of weeks but I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I'd like to do next and that led to thinking about the nature of inspiration and then the inspiration of nature. Sometimes that happens in a very direct form, see something - paint it.

Okay, you caught me, it's not the same nest but you get the idea. Today however, while adding pages to this blog, I had a chance to look at some older works and realized that what I really enjoy is when I have somehow managed to maintain the feel of a visual cue long enough to capture a tiny portion on canvas or board. There is such satisfaction in those pieces that conjure up a memory of something, be it person, place or thing, that may or may not have ever actually been. One example is this over sized canvas that I painted when I'd just returned from a trip along the Oregon coast. The man who bought it asked me what had been my inspiration and when I told him he turned to his wife and said "I told you it was Oregon". The fact is, it wasn't a specific place along those dunes, only a memory of the feeling of being there. It is not accurate in any detail and yet it took us both back to a place and time in our separate experiences.