Thursday, October 25, 2012

What The Heck?!!!

I got pulled over AGAIN!
He said I was going 71mph on Rt 3 on my commute to work!
Now...he was driving toward me, how could he possibly have clocked me?
I am not really sure what speed I was doing, but I really, truly, almost never speed!
He did not give me a ticket.
If he had, I might have just thrown myself off the local bridge.
He just gave me a warning to be more mindful of my speed and I promised I would.

I promise I promise I promise.
I will watch my speed MUCH more closely.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Current Action In The Studio

 So I decided to play with my favorite things...glue, paint, newspaper.  I had this idea for the big yellow canvas but I wanted to try it out first before I committed to the canvas.  I like it...however...I am not sure if I should go inside the hand or outside the hand.  

I am leaning toward outside the hand.

 I am also working on my envelope book pieces.  I went through the collection and through out a bunch of them till I got five good envelopes - good for different reasons...good size, good labels and writing to cover up, good torn edges, good smooth edges.  I came to an amazing realization...I have a binding machine!
Two years ago Hubby gave me one from my Christmas wish list.
I thought I would bind bind bind bind bind bind bind.
I bound nothing.
You know how it have all these great plans and along comes life.

So I am thinking about this envelope project.  I want to upcycle these large envelopes I get all the time in the office.  I want to use them for art journal pages because they are cheap and I don't have to worry about ruining them if my art isn't any good....but I at some point I got stuck, stopped working on that project because I didn't know how to bind them.  They are envelopes and have an interior space, so I thought I could bind them like a book signature but really, with only one open end it really is more like
a single sheet of paper...
The binding machine is the answer!
I am looking forward to making my vision come through!
More on this project to come.

Now for something completely different.

This is a project I started many moons ago.  
I played with my favorite things...glue and newspapers...especially foreign newspapers.
I played with picking scraps and images intuitively from my piles and boxes.
So I am really fond of this very loose collage, but I don't know what to do next.
I am thinking I might just put a frame on it and be done with it.
But it just doesn't feel finished.
Again...we shall see.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Took a drive to Lowville to pick up medicine for Mom. Got stopped for speeding on 177. Did not realize I was chugging along at 71. Usually put my cruise control on. Sigh.
Before I got busted, I took a brief to toodle on Tug Hill and got some yummy photos. Perhaps I will use them in a piece. I am hooked on Hipstamatic!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sorting Stuff

Moved in another batch of supplies and junk. Some of this stuff needs to be given away and a few things should be tossed. I have really enjoyed having a room of my own and time set aside for creativity. I have also enjoyed cleaning up my home of all the clutter. When it comes down to it I don't really need a lot of stuff. Mostly I like using scraps and newspapers and acrylics. If I had to, I could get along without much else.
Luckily I don't have to.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What a Great Day

Went out to Number Four NY with our niece and nephew from Staten Island. It was their first visit, but they promise to come again this summer. It was beautiful weather this summer, even if it was hard to deal with family illnesses. But today was almost perfect.
Today was full of smiles and hugs and Oreo cows and cider mill donuts, and walks in the woods and drives in the sunshine.
It was a wonderful day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Update on big canvas

Ink Love

I have a new love in my life. Yellow India ink. I never knew such a marvel existed!! It is golden and rich and looks like it could be opaque. I dropped some on my big painting and loved the look. Will use it on my art journal soon.

Friday, October 5, 2012

October is Frog Season

Dear Mr. And Mrs. Frog,
Please ask your children to not sit in front of my steps at night. If there are delicious bugs in the area, please sit to the left side where I am least likely to step on them.
They are beautifully camouflaged by the way. I know you must be proud. I saw one that I thought was a leaf and another I thought was a rock.
I appreciate all you do around the house and expect our coexistence to continue happily. I just thought I should let you know the babies are putting themselves in harms way when it is dark and I am walking the four footed one that likes to put his nose on you (once in a while).
Please be assured I will always pick them up gently and move them to a safe place if it seems they have gotten into trouble.
All the best,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Turbo Collage

Big thanks to Roben-Marie Smith for posting a how to use TurboCollage on Vimeo. Love it!

IT'S ONLY OCT 4!!!!!!!

I was in Syracuse today for a doctor's appointment. After waiting two hours then seeing her for 30 minutes, I took myself to lunch at Panera. Am I the last person on earth to fall in love with Panera? I have only had a few things, but they have been great!

After lunch I stopped in at Hobby Lobby...this is the plus side of having to drive through three counties to see a specialist.

I headed straight to the clearance section and got some goodies...picked up a few odds and ends that I can not get in Watertown, and went to check out...
This is what I saw-

Hard to believe

I forgot pencils. Not one in my studio tonight. Ugh. It has been a frustrating day all around.

Monday, October 1, 2012

I spent three glorious hours in my studio last night.
Three hours that went by in a flash of quiet creativity.
When I arrived at my next appointment I told my friends I felt like I was on mood altering drugs; I haven't had a day like that in months...maybe years.

I only worked on one piece.
It is a piece that I did a few years ago and put aside because I did not like it and I did not know what to do next.

 So I covered it with gesso.

 Stamped all over it with Staz-on.

 Kept stamping.

 Made myself a new stamp with craft foam (the round one)
 Tore up some safety envelopes and glued down the strips.

 Tore up some old ledger paper and glued down strips

then glued down a few more.
It hardly sounds like I did much, but I enjoyed every minute of it!
I can't wait to get in there and get some more paint on it.
More later!