(Oh, phooey, all those shadows are messing up the photo. L Ya know, I didn’t even notice them when I took the picture.Isn’t it amazing how the human eye overlooks some things that are glaringly blatant in a photograph??)
Here, let’s look at a detail:
That’s pollen, my friend! And the pollen has been windswept into little corridors, collecting on our driveway.We’ve already hosed off the deck furniture twice because it had a lovely chartreuse dusting all over it.
Good grief, no wonder I take pills every night for my allergies!J
Of course, the leafed-out trees are simply gorgeous.We’ve gone from daffodils and tulips and phlox blooming, to the Bradford Pear trees blooming and leafing out, to the Redbuds blooming and leafing out…And now, it seems everything is leafing out.Everything is so luscious and green.I love it!
This past weekend I had the privilege of attending a workshop taught by Teri Martin, administrator of CyberScribes and Artist with a capital A!
If you’re familiar with Teri’s work you know that she is known for her luscious, colorful pieces. And the subject of the workshop was “Calligraphic Painting”, her specialty. Yummy! J
The weekend was full of color wheels, mixing paints and letting loose. And Teri began the time by telling us that a lot of it is
Just Doing It. And we did it and had a blast doing so.
I took my usual copious notes (haha), and here are some of my favorite things that I wrote down:
“If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?”
“Never say purple to a color theorist! It’s violet.” J
“Paint for yourself.”
“You have to take chances to be an artist.”
She talked about not worrying about “ruining” a piece, because you could always cut it up and make it into a card…. But more importantly, she said that she actually liked being in that place. [of feeling like it’s ruined] Because then you really have nothing to lose and you can begin to take more risks.
We played with gesso and masking fluid and learned about things like split complementary palettes, all while splashing about with beautiful colors of paint.
Here’s another quote from Teri:
“Work like you have nothing to lose, because you don’t.
What, a little time and a piece of paper, maybe.
But..… what do you have to gain???” JJ
It was a very inspiring weekend, and I plan on taking Teri’s advice, and mixing up a few color wheels with paints that I already own.
See? If get in my studio and I don’t know what to do, I can always pick 3 new primaries and paint a new color wheel
and get inspired. Those tertiaries can surprise you!
The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet Him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!"
Okay, he hasn’t exactly won an award, but honestly,
We’ve had the little rescue dog for over a year now, and it just keeps getting better and better.I know I’ve said it before, but.. he’s such a *funny* dog!Some day I’m gonna have to take a video of us playing together. It's just too much fun!J
And back when we got him, they had performed his little surgery, and had shaved a TON of his fur off.So much so that we didn’t think it would ever grow back out.And it didn’t.For months and months.
But then as winter approached, sure ‘nuf, the coat got long and full, and I swear, 100X thicker! All his fur filled back out and now he quite resembles a furry carpet bag when he walks.HahahaHonestly, I wish you could see it!His coat is ginormous!
But when he’s wet, well, now… that’s another story.