while creativity is mastery of simplicity.”
-- Erik Christopher Zeeman
This is one of my newest pieces, incorporating all of my latest things: pastels, star-gazing, and glitter hairspray. (!)
It was painted on black charcoal paper and measures about
6 inches square.
I’ve always wondered if nebulae are God’s own abstract art… ♥
Lucky Dog J
Sometimes they find their way into my art studio and onto my pieces. Sometimes they wind up on my toenails. And sometimes they just sit out on my vanity looking gorgeous.
But for my fingernails, I usually wear a mauve-y cream nail polish, and only very occasionally paint just a pinkie nail something glittery.
After all, “Excess in Moderation”, right? J
But my most recent acquisition tempted me to do the unusual: holographic purple nail polish on all 10 fingernails! I know, I know, I’m not a teenager anymore…
But I just had to. Really. Just this once. Really.
Or maybe not...! J
Lucky Dog ♥
Today I am thankful for the changing seasons…
Fall is on its way, and the worst of the summer heat is behind us.
And I’m also thankful for the 2” of rain that fell yesterday, and that it wasn’t a big “weather event”, but just rain.
No tornadoes. No floods. Just rain.
Lucky Dog ♥
Okay, I was going to make the Sesame Noodles recipe that was on Pioneer Woman’s blog the other day, I really was. But when I read the ingredients, I thought, “oh, it’ll probably be about the same if I just use these.”
“These” were a couple of leftover sauces from our last Pei Wei take-out order. Lettuce Wrap sauce and Sweet Chili sauce.
Oh, yes. Flavor with a capital F.
So, I boiled us up some thin spaghetti, poured a little EVOO and the sauces on, and ♫ yummy! ♫ Poetry on a plate. A big fat plate full of delicious carbs. Hahaha Life is good.
I have just got to remember to do this again. It’s liable to fall outa my head. And maybe next time, I’ll add a little cooked chicken and some sautéed onions. Ooh, la la.
To gobs of easy deliciousness…
Lucky Dog J
This past weekend I found another good use for my Crayon Cursive.
What’s that, you say? Crayon Cursive? That’s what I call the cursive hand that I developed awhile back. While it can be written beautifully with an Italic/Brushy flavor, I also write it very round and vertical.
Over a year ago, I was trying to copy a jazzy hand I’d seen somewhere, and I was trying out different tools, and somehow I managed to pick up a crayon to try.
I was in *love*!! Good ol’ Kindergarten crayons! How nice they felt in my hand!
I played around with them and even tried my Spencerian with them. What a good way to practice my Ornamental Penmanship and ovals, I thought. No ink worries, no re-dipping, just endless crayon flourishing. J
Then I kept playing, day after day, and ended up working out a very voluptuous cursive alphabet. It’s a pressure and release hand that is totally fun!
I began to alternate between using crayons and colored pencils. Both work really well, the crayons yielding a larger size, of course, than the pencils. Even my General’s White Charcoal pencil yielded great results on black paper.
Fast forward to this past weekend. I did a little yard work, pulling some weeds in the front. I didn’t even get done, it was so hot. But better some than none, right?
Well, after that, when I went up to the Studio to practice, my hand was totally shaky. Really. I couldn’t keep my hand from shaking. I guess the arm just isn’t very strong, still. Bummer. Besides, manual labor is always the *pits* for calligraphy, anyway.
So rather than call it a day before I even get started, I thought, “if I am too shaky for pen and ink, maybe I could still do some kind of practice if I get my crayons out.”
Sure enough, they were just the ticket. Then I thought to do my Crayon Cursive, and soon I was having a great time making letters, despite my uncooperative hand. (!)
Try it sometime! It’s outrageously fun, and could even open up some new opportunities for lettering on less-than-ideal surfaces. Art journals, in particular, come to mind.
And talk about an easy hand for a non-calligrapher artist to try. Most people know cursive and crayons are so unintimidating and easy to use.
Besides, feeling like you’re back in Kindergarten again is FuN!! J
Lucky Dog ♥