Month: May 2010

Ukuleles, popsicles and google

[slideshow]I finished the ukulele case I was working on this Memorial Day weekend.  I am pleased with the results – I think it’s pretty.  A little different than my last work and refreshing.   Spring has sprung and I am digging the flowers and greenery everywhere – for at least a few more weeks, so flowers were my choice of subject matter here.  The photo is dark – apologies.

I held true to my vow to stay in at all costs this holiday weekend.  I enjoyed the peace of home, the smell of paint in my studio and Popsicles with my beloved.   Later tonight I will water my sunflowers and hope to not disturb the garter snake that has claimed my back yard.  She visits me every evening before dusk, poking her head above the grass to stare me down for a moment, then goes on her way toward the garden again.  My yard is also home to a beautiful scarlet king snake that nearly gave me a heart attack the other night as she slithered up next to me and right under my picnic table -near my shoes.  Who can remember the poem when face-to-face with a possible coral snake?  That’s right – not me.  I will never forget it now – Red touch yellow, kill a fellow.  Head of black, get back.  Anyway, thank you, Lorie for saving my life with the all powerful google.

Memorial day

I have been in my studio this weekend working on a ukulele case – yes, that is what I said.  Who plays ukuleles, you ask – well apparently a whole lot of talented folks, giving me a bit of commission work.  Anyway, I am pleased with the results, although not completely sure it is exactly what the client had in mind…  It is quite striking, but maybe a little less androgynous than what was expected from me.   I haven’t a good space for flat work and my neck is cursing me.  I will not paint the next one in my studio.  It would be done yesterday if I didn’t stop nearly every 20 minutes to straighten up and walk it off – and have a snack and coffee.  Once disturbed from my task, it seems as though coffee is the answer to all ailments.

It was 98 degrees in the shade at my house today.  Really.  I will not be going anywhere for the holiday.  Nothing will take me from the coolness of my home to face the sticky heat outside, sticky hot- seats in my car and the scorching sun baking me inside of my car like a calzone in a brick oven.  It’s popsicles and a movie at home with Baby.

New work

“Bob” is complete and I have posted an image.  The image is not of high quality, but nonetheless representational of the piece.  I will contact a photographer friend soon to take some decent photos for better website results and archival material.

I have picked up where I left off on my encaustic work, as well as an abstracted, scenic triptych.  Studio time has become more accessible this week, as my garden is growing and nourishing itself, taking up less of my time.  Research time has also doubled and project ideas are scattered about my workspace.  Coffee is brewing nearly around the clock and my coffeemaker threatens to quit amidst the chaos – although Starbuck’s is close to home and has those wonderful cinnamon scones….  mmmm.

Bob

“Bob” is finally finished and I’m very pleased with the final results.  I will post an image tomorrow of this latest piece.  It is complete a little later than I was hoping, as life seems to be determined to get in the way of my plans every chance it gets.  Even so… I am done and moving on to my next project.  I am working on my encaustic piece this next week with hopes to finish it and post images mid-month.  I am in the studio for the remainder of the evening, with windows open wide and the wind ushering in to me the sweetness of jasmine wrapped up in each balmy gust.

Spring Celebration

Beltane, May Day – whatever you want to call it…  motivated a planting last week of sunflowers, poppies, marigolds and lavender.  Unfortunately, “Bob” was delayed a couple of days for the spring planting.  I have excused myself, though, as Grandma would always prioritize these things as well.  The Maypole was tethered in colorful, spring-hued ribbons every year, while the Madonna was crowned in fresh-cut flowers with blooms strewn all about her.  It was spring.  It was always a celebration.

I have no Maypole or Madonna, and the celebration is seemingly uneventful – but not forgotten or celebrated with a planting of SOMEthing.  It is the spirit of Grandma that reminds me and keeps it special, even in the busiest of times.  The urge to sow springs to the surface and inspires a planting before all other projects, cleaning or dinner plans.  It will be done before May 1st to ensure blooms, sprouts and regeneration begins on time.

“Bob” is coming along and should be complete this evening.  I did not rush through to finish it by the months end, as planned.  The importance of the deadline was overshadowed by Beltane planting.   Without the rush, when “Bob” is complete I will be able to post a painting I am proud of.  As for my garden – Grandma would be proud.