Month: June 2010

Week of reflection

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted, so I must take a few minutes to type and update my blog on my time of rest and reflection.  The ukulele gig bags went to NAMM last week and I will begin a new one when delivered – probably this weekend sometime.  The 3 completed for the show seemed to be well received and hopefully will prove marketability.  I will post pictures of the show when they arrive.

My architectural abstract piece is still in the works, awaiting the architectural components to be incorporated within the next week or so.  I have found a  reference to use that will bring the composition to the desired emotive completion, as I chose to do this project upon moving back to where I grew up.  Unsure of whether my heart was here when moving, the landmarks here caused a wave of nostalgia and memories, peaceful and traumatic.  The energy is still here of my childhood and can not be ignored as long as I am here.  The work has slowed a bit, though, as my studio fan self-destructed last week, causing drying time in the immense Florida humidity to go very ssssllllllowly.

I have the perfect reference in hand for the next portrait piece, so brush will be put to canvas this next week for that project.  It took some searching to locate the photo, as it was shot a few years back.  I have wanted to utilize it further for some time, this being the opportunity I was waiting for.

I have composed during the week my next few projects.  My encaustic piece will resume as soon as the larger studio area is set up with the proper ventilation.  I am eager to arrange a more productive space for working several projects simultaneously without tripping over easel legs or puppy dog tails.  My little princess likes her mommy-and-me time, but needs a pillow to perch upon that is not underfoot.

My sunflowers are beginning to bud and grow substantial stalks to support their blooms.  I am hoping to see their golden faces within the next week, welcoming me home and into their garden space.  The mockingbirds will most certainly desecrate them immediately after opening, so I will watch diligently for the arrival of their blooms.   These birds have feasted on our tomatoes and are moving toward the blackberries, even under the watch of my rubber coral snakes.  They are not afraid of them – or me.  I do believe I narrowly escaped an attack while repositioning Jake the Snake today.  I will not turn my back on them again, as I have seen what they’ve done the the squirrels in the area.  Jake must have a mate, I have decided – but later, when the birds are resting and do not see us coming.

Tiki, tiki, tiki

I finished painting the third ukulele case today – unfortunately, I did not get to the fourth, as planned.  Time was crunched over the weekend due to, well, life.  My tiki dude adorned with exotic blooms was sealed and ready to go only an hour or so after my deadline – sorry, again, Cyndi for the wait… I did enjoy our time together in the studio, though.  The uke cases are on route to NAMM with LoPrinzi Guitars… Hope to have images from the show to share next week.[slideshow]

The pics are, as usual, not so great – details are lost in the translation.  Must get a better digital camera – or at least one from this past decade.  Even my phone takes better images.  I am just not savvy enough to figure out how to get them out… I paint.

My abstract architectural piece will be continued next and a portrait started this week.  Canvas is primed and ready to go.  Need a soma and coffee and I’m ready to roll…

Uke 2

This is the second ukulele bag, complete.  Again, I will say that the image is not of great quality and does not show the colors properly, but the idea is there.  I have begun the third bag this evening.  The work flow is trickling through, as the coffee is still brewing… Will refuel and get back to the task at hand.

Earlier this evening I attended the graduation party of the daughter of my good friend, Carol Ann – it was pleasing to see her family in its entirety again.  It is unbelievable to me to think its been 20 years or so since the last time…   A good time was had by all – congratulations, Amber 🙂  I admit, though, I knew it was time to abandon the gathering when the karaoke started up.  I doubt anyone would appreciated my vocal stylings or selections other than the babies I nanny.  Neither Hush Little Baby or the theme song to Gilligan’s Island were on the karaoke list anyway…

NAMM

Finished working on the second uke bag for Augustino LoPrinzi Guitars to take to the NAMM show with them.  I will finish painting another this weekend.  My hopes to complete four before Monday are dwindling, as I have a graduation party to attend this evening.   I may have to send one bag back naked, unadorned… and three will be the magic number, once again.  I will post pictures tomorrow…

It is entirely too hot to enjoy the outdoors today… My thermometer measured 98 degrees in the shade – 113 in the sun yesterday.  Not checking today for it will only get worse this summer.  My delicate complexion has suffered through much abuse already this spring and sunblock doesn’t seem to serve its sole purpose well enough to protect my finish.   Since I can not seem to avoid the need to function during daylight hours, I’ll be staying in my cave until dusk.  Then we will feed and grow motivated again.  The night suits my inner clock perfectly fine – now, if the rest of the world would only conform, I’d have it made 🙂

Studio time

I am working on a new ukulele bag … should be completed tomorrow.  I will have another one done this weekend- hopefully two, ready to go to the NAMM show with Augustino LoPrinzi Guitars.  My own work will be continued on Monday night, after a bit of neglect.  The previous abstracted architectural piece will continue, as well as a new portrait will be in the works .

My sunflowers are sprouting up and their leaves are growing up towards the sky.  They have become accustomed to daily watering from the hose, unfortunately, as rain has been scarce.  A spattering of droplets on occasion seems to be all that Mother Nature has planned for us here in Largo during this warm spring season.   Hurricane season is upon us, though, and all will be nourished well.

I have roasted chicken in the oven that awaits my approval, so I must abandon my cave and tend to the family needs.  I will finish uke case #2 late this evening.  Then a well deserved bowl of popcorn and a movie while snuggled deep into my Temperpedic with Baby will be my reward for todays work.  Happy painting to all…  🙂