Watching paint dry

Hi Everyone,

How is your week going? Is it rainy like ours is? Rainy as in you need to build an ark like our is? While I was walking the dogs this morning I noticed that our fire pit area is beginning to take on a jungle like demeanor. It will take more than my wimpy weed eater to return it to some form of order. Considering how far behind we are with our garden it may be a full blown jungle by the time we turn our attention that way. Oh well, I would hate for us to run out of things to do around here.

So what am I up to this week you ask? Exciting stuff. Watching paint dry. Seriously. 

This is going to be short and sweet today, because I am experimenting with some unusual possible canvases that I have a ton of and need to use in some way instead of them going to the landfill.  If you have read this blog for awhile you know I hate to waste anything or add to the already horrible environmental mess we have. If this works hopefully I will do a reveal next week.

The portraits are finished but my schedule and the clients’ schedule have not meshed yet so we wait.

I have also been playing with using some old books for the paper and as a journal. More stuff I am trying to save from the landfill. 


And I am going through my artwork stash to see what can be saved, improved upon or just needs to go…to the landfill. Some things you just can’t save and I have some BAD pieces of art that should never see the light of day again. Most I just need to spend some more time on and they will probably have a future. 


On the home front we cleaned out the fourth barn stall that had become “the storage stall”. Not a job we wanted to do but now that we have the trainee horse, he needed a place to eat that Big Bad Bob couldn’t get to. Walker needs some weight. Bob, not so much.  Other than that it’s been fairly quiet here. Miss L. is down to the last few weeks of school. If it stops raining we will be in high garden mode. I’m almost finished with the process of closing my design business. 

I’m going to go check my paint. I hope you have more excitement this week than I have right now! 

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While I am gone…

As promised, here are some of the things I have been working on in my new creative space. Many of these are from an Instagram art challenge I have been taking part in with other artists and creative people from around the world.  It started on June 1st and ended on June 21st.

Charcoal clouds floral sketch Graditude sketch irises Laundry sketch mixed media 1 shack

Looking at this, I am all over the place, but after years of very sporadic periods of drawing and painting, I need the practice.  Like anything else, it takes practice to improve skills.  Before I went to college my drawing skills were much better than they are now because I had a fairly regular sketching schedule.  You would think as an art major I would have continued that, but a concentration in design did not include drawing and painting.  Then a full time job, then a family and boom, twenty-five years have gone by.

Some of these sketches I plan to refine into finished pieces.  I liked where they were going and want to spend some more time on them.

I am hoping to get some sketching in while I am on vacation.  If I manage to, I will post those when I get back.  Also, when I get back I have committed to a large charity event project that should be tons of fun and I will post the process of that undertaking.

Have a wonderful summer and Happy 4th of July for my U.S. readers.