Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday the last day of January 2016

I know you are supposed to enjoy each moment, and not wish your life away, but January has never been my month.  I am never sorry that its over.  I know the 'official' longest day is Dec 21st, but January has the same amount of days as August and I am sure someone throws a few more days in there.  Its such a long haul.  On to February, a shorter month even in this leap year, sprinkled with some pseudo holidays and some family birthdays.  Every day is one day closer to spring.  That thought gets me through.

So what did I do with a quiet, dark month?  With the help of pinterest...
 8 bunnies for Easter... Their ears show as white in these pics, but they are black with peach and baby pink insides.  Except for the ones with peace symbols, those show up pretty good.. 
 Then, made these Cousin Its for Valentines day.  Should I make more?  I might!

I also deep-cleaned a room and a half, and still have a bunch yet to do.  Its late afternoon, and I am still in my jammies, but what are days off for?

Hope your February is awesome!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 21 2015

I used to paint signs.  Did I ever tell you that?  I used to want to be a sign painter, and I did signs for a while.  It was something I could do while staying at home being a mom.  It was also before I starting painting seriously.  It was a way to use my creativity.

So, when the new restaurant in town came up to me and asked if I could paint a sign on their wall, (I already designed their logo and my rooster is hanging on the wall there) I am not sure why I said, "sure!"

The voices in my head were quarreling: "Really?  How long has that been?"  "I haven't done that for years! Sign painting is something you have to do often!"  "How hard could it be?"

I arranged a night, (I was sure it would only take me one evening) that I could do it, and didn't think about it again until that night, after work.  Threw paint, some brushes, some pencils, erasers, level and 90degree triangle in a box and off I went.  It was 5pm and the restaurant was open til 8.  Piece of cake, right?

As I am drawing out the letters on the wall, Doubt started setting in... (bitch!  She always shows up!)
"What makes you think you can do this after all this time?"  "Kinda ballsy, ain't cha?  Just think you can put paint on the wall in a public place and you should be shaking in my boots!"

First paint on the wall.  My thoughts:  "Man, bad choice of paint.... this is going to take two coats.  You are not getting the flow that you should be.  Between the paint on the wall and the paint you are using??? you can see every stroke and every line you drew out."  "Oh crap."

The owner comes over and says it looks good, with a little less enthusiasm than I would like and people stop by to comment on their way to the john.  Did I mention this painting was ABOUT the johns?While I am minding my own business painting this wall, some of the regulars gave me some ribbing...  I was asked to draw a design for a tattoo, and an old fart came by to ask if I was into body painting...  I turned him down.  I tell the owner, two minutes before closing that I would be back the next night.  (tonight)

Tonight I gave it all a second coat, third on some spots and I hope that it stops drinking in my paint. I have decided that my hand isn't as steady as it used to be and I learned a lesson not to use these paints on a wall ever again.  It's much better than it was.  More favorable comments, but the owner wasn't there to give me thumbs up, or pay me, or tell me she wouldn't pay for it.  Ever.

I finished at 7 and its decent.  Definitely not the best that I used to do.  See for yourself...

I can't claim the humor, that was given to me by the owner. I suppose at least half of the population will like it.

Well, if she doesn't like it, it can be painted over, I guess...
 Stay tuned....

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Been thinking of this since the last time someone brought donuts into work.  Don't know why.  Just hadta.

16 x 20 acrylic on canvas.  No calories involved.  Recycled canvas at that, and much better than what it usta wuz.

Thats all for now.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

January 10, 2016

Yep. I may not need art stuff RIGHT NOW, but I might need it SOMEDAY! Resisting the urge... after all, the whole last year has been spent trying to get RID of things in the artroom to make room to create!

So why did I sign up for an art journal challenge for 2016?  I did it for all of 6 weeks last year, maybe it was I was going to do better this year?  I think I decided about March last year that since I work, and have other things I have to do, that when I get art time, I am going to do what I want to do, not assignments.  I only have so much time to art... why spend it on someone elses idea?

So I responded to someones post on said art challenge that I am already behind.  Some lady posted after me and said "if you have passion for it, you will find the time!"  My knee jerk reaction to that, was not pretty.  (yay me! I restrained myself!)  Then I got to thinking about it, and she is right.  I don't have the passion to art journal.  It is a challenge, but I guess everything I try to paint is a challenge.  So, why do it?  Why, indeed.

So, I have just decided to delete myself off that website. I will do what I want to do, challenge myself with what I have already challenged myself to do and enjoy the passions of my life, which does include more than just art.

Thanks, Lady.  You kinda showed me the door to independence for art my way. 

One sassy artist signing off.... stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016

Well, I am sending up two pics for the Humane Society fundraiser...

 from two pics from the Humane Society website.
I think this one needs something yet.
Stay tuned!