Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
went to check out the place where i'll be art-fairing this weekend, and then hit the bookstore. it's weird to sit at the bookstore without coffee and a sweet by my side, but i'm sure i will get used to it. bought 'horton hears a who' so i can do the research for my meeting in three hours.
stopped at the grocery store this AM and made a nice breakfast salad, i'd take a photo but i've already eaten it. no fat-free dressing at this grocery store so i just used a TEENSY amount of regular. it worked just fine.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
i'm busy cleaning my apartment and car to get ready for my california cousins to visit, but i needed a quick break for coffee. my 'usual' place had no power, so i had to come back down to the one that's within walking distance, but always too busy. luckily, the computers were free!
last time i was here, there was a guy reading about metaphysics on wikipedia, and muttering to himself. it was quite entertaining.
Friday, August 10, 2007
life is short
man is a bubble
trapped under a mountain, a river, a bridge
or laying on the sidewalk
sadly death will find us all
knowing one day, that clock will catch up to me
makes me want to live up the little moments
change direction, better myself
being reminded, it can happen.....instantly
could scare me enough to trap me inside
the apartment i hate to waste time cleaning
i've got to start making a mark on this world
knowing i'll leave behind goodness, art, and love
loving nephew, cousins, friends,
i suppose that's enough
life on the bubble
a rainbow, then....
Thursday, August 09, 2007
just about to leave the wilds of hugo to head back to the wilds of st. paul, to shower, nap, create, play some poker, hang out with a friend or two, eat, and clean....not neccessarily in that order.
hopefully, will post some new stuff tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
First came the hunt for an egg-shaped object/objects to use as molds. After several failed attempts to make them out of plastic bags and crumpled newspaper, and a wild idea to use a potato, I settled on two wooden half-eggs taped together. I also found a few cups and pressed-glass bowls to make larger paper mache pieces which will be nests.
I used torn strips of the local free newspaper, and The Onion, which made for some fun reading as I worked. The molds were just perfect for the length of strips I had torn. On the first layers I used a lot of corn starch glue and on the upper layers, not so much. Didn't use a brush until I got to the decorative layers of tissue paper. My hands have a nice blue-green cast today!
I think I need to find a larger egg mold, the wood one worked great but it was just a bit too small. The animals are going to be SMOOSHED in there!
Lastly, as I was going to bed, I decided to cover my journal with a new cover. I used tissue, stuff from the newspaper, a vintage French postage stamp, a snippet of iron-on lettering my mom had made for me a billion years ago when I was in dance (hence, no middle name), and a flower cut from the lace that was in my sister's wedding gown. I wasn't sure it was going to stick with just the corn-starch paste, so I covered it with a few layers of tissue as well.
Monday, August 06, 2007
They'll be going to I Like You on Wednesday, along with a few other small stuffies.
Here's the detail from a collage/painting that I did. The bird's wings and bodies were made with bleach-painted construction paper, I used a scrap that was lace-printed for their beaks and legs, and the 'nest' is part of a vintage photo-holder that I got from my gram.
I'm not 100% happy with it yet, but it's getting there. I'm thinking I'll add real branches to the bottom where they're painted, right now, which you can't see in this photo.
Lastly, here's a collage/painting, once again, in a vintage frame. Still needs a title, I'm thinking,