Tag: sunflowers

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.

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…  🙂

Good Day

I planted my sunflowers today and I must say, gardening is hard work… Seems as though everywhere I dug, there was a giant root trying to prevent my beautification plans.  The rewards will be great and well worth the back strain, so I persisted and won the competition for the perfect spot for the huge summer blooms.  This summer I will really love sitting on my back porch watching them sway in the wind, their giant, brightness smiling at me.  I sowed in a spot that is also visible from the front so I will see them welcoming me home every day, making me even more glad to be back from wherever I go.

Working on “Bob” today with good results.  Happy.  Using my new Kolinsky sable brushes, so it is more enjoyable than it has been with my worn out ones.  I lost all my old good brushes during one of our moves a couple of years ago and have been making due with cheaper, less durable ones.  I must be rough on them because I lose a few heads in the mineral spirits on occasion… not good for keeping up with momentum.

I will post “Bob” soon to show you, seeing as the end of the month is growing near.  I will be done.  More rewards for me 🙂   It is raining outside and the wind is talking to me… no need for music in the studio today.  I will listen and just paint.