Catching Up

Haven’t written for awhile, don’t know why, just busy living I suppose.

I have a leak in my RV roof, haven’t been able to find anyone to help me fix it so I did the next best thing and did it myself.

I didn’t think I could get up to the roof but found I could climb that ladder and it wasn’t as hard as I thought, or scary. Wish I’d gotten a picture to scare my kids with but no-one was around. I used a shower liner and some special tape to hold it down, so far so good, no leak. More permanent fix is needed and the ceiling inside the rv one area should be replaced but now is covered with fabric I am a make-do champion.

My garden has had a really rough time this year, too much heat and wind, I lost everything I had in pots but the garden may recover if we stop having 100 +degree days. I have them shaded with a plastic tablecloth in hopes of survival. last year my flowers did better but the garden worse harvesting only a couple small vegetable………….things, Tomorrow it will be 100.

I’ve been painting using the pour style, what a mess.

I thought I’d quit doing it because you waste so much paint. You must make multiple cups of paint that must be about the same viscosity, then dump them into another cup layering the paint and then use one of several different methods of adding it to a canvas or your choice of substrates and spin it until you like the effect, while the paint splashes everywhere.

I thought to quit making this mess but I had lunch with some friends at a small cafe near here and noticed a large empty wall. I thought that maybe they would like some art for their walls This is a very small community cafe that did well during the pandemic with take out and has been able to freshen up their cafe. I went to find out and found it closed for a short vacation but the store next door, which I though was owned by the same family was open and I asked the owner about it. He is not the owner of the cafe but said I could paint a mural on his outside wall. Hmmm why not? Maybe when it cools down a bit might be fun.

Anyway I had these paintings in my car and was headed into town for groceries and thought I’d stop at the gallery to see what she thought of these poured paintings, though I said I didn’t think they were gallery material.

She loved them! She wanted to buy one of them immediately ! So I left her with 7 oval paintings. Personally I don’t like them so much but other people seem to so I guess I’ll make some more. They don’t photograph well to add here, they are actually pretty cool, you can see what you want to see, the earth, the seas, creation, if you don’t like it one way you can just turn it. I could only find photos of these ,I made 8 and today made 4 more, she wants to sell them for $70, I said okay because they are sold in a gallery, but I would ask for just 35 myself! They are a lot of work, messy messy work!

End of story now I don’t have anything to offer the cafe……yet.

My voice mail was full,

I didn’t know how to empty it until a friend said she called herself to empty it and so I called myself

40 messages waiting to be heard.

I listened to messages sent a year ago. Sorry!

What does one do to apologize after all this time?

There were no junk messages just family and friends trying to say Hello.

and I wonder why no one calls me!

My voice mail is squeaky clean now

call me.

Mola style painting

I’m painting a 20)x20 canvas in the style I call my painted Mola style. Living in Panama for years I appreciate the sewing techniques of the women of San Blas.

Mola painting

It’s very busy but I’m not finished yet, I have to look at it awhile and finish the sides and, then I’ll resin it hoping for a good mirror finish and take it to the gallery. This is the third attempt with this canvas never satisfied and starting over. So the finish on the canvas is irregular and finally limits what I can do here, I’d never have a smooth finish so I had to paint something that would look like it was meant to have texture or add resin which hide the irregular surface. This would look good on any color wall because it has so many colors

I hope for a good response to this style because I really love to paint it.

updating

This canvas has gone through multiple changes. I did resin it but the resin result was poor and I did it over and then it looked better but was sticky. I waited. And waited, still a little sticky, what to do? I rubbed wax on it, felt better but now the colors looked faded. I rubbed some more but finally added more paint. I repainted and finally varnished it.

May make yet another change remove the white lines, maybe

Wishing for A Happier New Year2021For All

Difficult days ahead.

I’m cold, my little space heater isn’t keeping the RV warm so Charley and I are under the covers of my electric blanket, my hands are cold typing here and I have on the big bath robe I bought for $3 at our patio sale a few months ago, need to put on socks.

I haven’t spent much time in the studio lately but I could, a friend gave me a heater he didn’t need and it warms up that space pretty well (great friends I have here) But the studio feels cold, not comfy or inviting and I have most of what I need for painting in here though it gets pretty cramped. I’m using my kitchen cart and have it full of paint, I want to paint something for my son, maybe trees he’s not a fan of the abstract.

My daughters have received my gift place mats, 11 by 14 panels painted and finished with resin. My resin didn’t turn great, got bubbles don’t know why but I’m not having great results with the resin lately. ‘Thanks they are beautiful’ was one response, the other was “we got them thanks” I kinda liked them but we have different appreciation for the abstract. I guess I enjoy the abstract because I really can’t draw worth a damn. I do think that if you saw them at a high end store you would think they are very cool,

alas I am an artist under appreciated by family , when I’m dead will they value my gifts? Are you laughing? I am, just disregard those silly words, I have no greater appreciation for my own work than anyone else.

For me painting is fun, I like combining colors and shapes, sometimes they come together well and other times they don’t, no one is begging me for a painting, I just force them onto family and friends as I don’t have space to keep them all! For example I have this at my entry door and I love it but it’s pretty fierce and not something most would put at their door. Entering guests would know something about you just stepping in seeing this bit of art.

Love my red wall?

I’m building a garden right here in the Park

Well, Amos built it for me following an article in a magazine given to me by a neighbor who knew I wanted a garden.

Thanks Gale!

It’s a simple 4×8 garden bed taken from the measurements and instructions found in the Sunset magazine so now I need to get soil to fill it. 16 cubic feet soil and 16 cf compost. We decided not to do it raised as I’ll probably need to sit while gardening. Dirt is not cheap! I’m going to plant seeds soon, some in those cute little cups of stuff until seedlings appear and some in pots. I want flowers too, plenty of flowers. Becky says she’ll water my plants while I’m gone. I’ll share produce. Amos is going to build one for himself too, they plan to stay here for at least a year. Becky should start one too but I don’t think they have space for one. I’m fortunate that my RV is small and my car is small so I have room for both my studio and a garden and am not crowded at all. CJ came over the other day (owner)o see what I was up to over here. I promised it would be neat and not a visual problem for her, it will be beautiful and soon we’d have veggies and flowers. (ojala)

I’m going to Virginia around the end of the month, GG, Charley and me leaving YOUCANDOIT home because I don’t want to deal with towing, that will be much unneeded stress. I look forward to seeing my Gente!

Went to the Grape gallery yesterday with another bunch of paintings but took them back home and hung them in the studio because she doesn’t have enough space to hang them. My other paintings were not hanging either. Tomorrow there is a ART WALK from 6 to 9 and they have a ART HOP the next Saturday. They have them monthly, the first and second Saturdays that galleries are open to the public from 6 tp 9 every month. I think there must be 6 art galleries in town. I wonder how that can survive in this small town but new galleries are opening, two in the past two weeks. I think I’ll go for a couple hours to see what it’s all about but not stay til 9pm as I don’t like driving at night if I can help it.

I’m going to concentrate on my guitar these days and stop painting for a while……..I have too many canvases I don’t know what to do with, my walls are covered in the studio and there’s no wall space in my RV. I’d take them with me to my daughters but she has six I just sent her. Mostly I want to just sell them but it is not a good thing to take your art to several galleries the same town, so I’m at Grapes Gallery for at least 2 months, that’s how long they will keep them if they don’t sell.

OH OH I just opened my photos to add a photo here and it says it can’t be opened and I should try a different photo program, that’s scares me, have lost my photos?

I guess I’ll shut down the computer to see if it will fix it self.

Good night

6 paintings

Tomorrow’s Market & Kira Ishi Rocks

Tomorrow will be the first time for me to manage my TailGateArt market by myself.  Thankfully Shar will be able to help me get set up and take down and all I have to do is sell. Hoping for a nice day, the weatherman says yes, no snow or rain expected and temps in the 70’s.

My paintings will be on super sales as low as I can go to decrease my inventory.  I want to paint more landscapes and play with different techniques, there are so many options for the artist now, so much to learn.

I’m excited to start making prints of my paintings to sell.  I  bought a  printer that can make prints up to 16 x 20 (almost).  Expecting it any day now, I’m hopeful because I have a  had problems with my  printers.  I guess I’ve had about 6 or so printers over the years and they have all been a source of frustration,  I am a little concerned but determined to give this a try and if it works out as I expect I’ll sell my prints and note cards here too.

I’ll have Shar’s  kira ishi (small shiny rock in Japanese) rocks for sale tomorrow,  they have been a popular item especially for kids.

Some people think  “$5 is too much for a rock” without thinking about the skill needed to produce these beautiful rocks.  Depending on the size of the rock they cost from 50 cents to $5.00.

Costly and exotic Japanese, Thai, Indian and Nepalese papers are used to create her Kira ishi rocks and she finishes with multiple layers of varnish.

All the papers have a name, the Japanese Yuzen papers have names like Jewels, jasmine, Happiness, Midnight crane and Panda bear and many more.

The Nepalese papers are made from the Lokta bush.  Lokta paper is strong and durable and Eco-friendly and called the Nepal paper plant.

The Thai papers are made of the most luxurious Kozo momi papers that are hand marbled with stunning color combinations including metallic gold ribbons.  They have names of earth events with appropriate colors as noted below.  These are the rocks I was making but Shar makes them better than I do so she is the rock maker master.

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And that’s my story for today!

 

 

 

It was a Cold Morning….

in Richardson Texas today but we dressed in layers and set out for the Four Seasons Market with our tables, tent,  grids, chairs, rocks, paintings, tiles and persimmons for sale.  “We are getting better with the set up of the tent and it should get easier, but right now it’s still a challenge every week.

We didn’t sell any art today.

We sold rocks and tiles.  I forgot my business cards and that was embarrassing, what kind of salesperson forgets her business cards and has to give a paper with this website address on it.   I like the making and the painting, but I’m not so good at the selling part of a business. Shar is better at this so she is the business manager partner, she also takes a better photo than I do, as seen here with a happy customer.