Tag: ukulele

Summer Season of Change

Summer feels like it is here…hot, hot and more hot days.  Tomatoes are nestling in the Topsy Turvey, herbs are abundant, jasmine is in full bloom.  Last year’s sunflowers are poking up towards the sun and spatterings of clouds.  The sun is scorching and I am desperately trying not to get a farmers tan to go along with my outdoor nurturing of new blossoms.

My babies- the human ones are nearing preschool and it will be a sad but welcomed time, for my studio calls and I am perpetually drained of energy for all else but nursery rhymes and the beckons of sticky mouths.  Their cherub faces will belong to other teachers, caregivers and their real Mommy and Daddy.  I have found a way, though, to keep them close to heart and home for myself to cherish, as they are subjects for my newest series.  They will always be my babies – too.

On other pages of my tot-filled brain is the note that I neglected to post pictures of the last ukulele bag I completed last summer.  Uggh.  That chapter closed months ago with my blogging pages and intellectual thought.  I forgive myself in between silent recitation of “Goodnight Moon” verses and Barney tunes.   I will post today the wave bag I finished and relinquished last summer.  A timely post for the upcoming season of sun, beaches and abundant scorn from Mother Nature.

I have a day planned to the fullest with errands and sunblock before I can retire to my brushes and oils for some air conditioning and reconditioning of my Barney brain.

Big Wave

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…  🙂

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.