Whew! What a week last week turned out to be! Between our usual kid mania and getting the ball rolling on our floor re-pair/kitchen re-do, this is the first chance I’ve had to jump on here.
A little while back, our furnace unit leaked all over our floor and we didn’t catch it until it had done a good deal of damage. We had an insurance adjuster out lickety-split and now the repairs are underway.
I emailed a friend about all of the goings on and I told her that I felt relieved that the repairs were happening despite the mess and disruption. I also told her to remind me I said that when the mess is messier and the disruptions are, well, more disruptive.
All this is a precurser to our kitchen being redone (hallelujah!!) and maybe, just maybe…drumroll please….a small studio for me.The Hubs may be a touch more excited about it than I am (believe it or not). If I had a place to put all my art stuff, I may just quit leaving a trail of it around the house. Or not, but it sounds like a great justifying statement, don’t it? You bet!
Anyway, this is the potential studio. Stop snickering. Yes, that is an honest-to-goodness hot tub from the 70’s. The Hubs has an odd affection for the thing, but he and I both agree that it’s getting the axe (or sledgehammer?) soon.
We nail down the details of the rest of the work with the contractor tomorrow. In other words, we’ll find out how far the money will take us. For now, the small room that I’m grandly calling a studio, is just a possibility. We’ll find out the reality tomorrow. A girl can still dream, though…….
Well, I thought that since I wouldn’t be able to get a pic of the big cabinet painting mock-up until Monday, I would post a few of my personal sketches that I have here at home. Before my teacher friend ever asked if I could paint her cabinets for her, I had been trying my hand at different underwater creatures in colored pencils and in watercolor pencils. Now remember these are rough sketches and not pristine final works of a professional artist! I just have fun seeing what I can do with different mediums. My favorite thing to work with right now are my watercolor pencils. I’ve never worked with them before and I’ve had fun learning how to use them over the last month or so. When I use the phrase “learning how to use them”, that really means that I’m playing around until I find something I like as opposed to how they’re supposed to be used in a traditional sense. What’s art if you can’t have fun with it?
This pic of a seahorse was one of my first attempts at using watercolor pencils….and of drawing a seahorse, for that matter. I remember being so tickled with how it turned out and having so much fun drawing again that I kept showing it to the Hubby every two seconds like a 3 year old kid! He dutifully told me that it “looked good” and shook his head in amusement when he thought I wasn’t looking.
In preparation for my upcoming project, I’ve dusted off my brushes and acrylic paints. Now I have to fugure out which ones have completely dried out from old age and if I need any additional colors to go with an undersea pallete. Hmmmm….I wonder if Michael’s is running a sale on acrylic paints?