Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The weekends visit with my Dad was good, we were able to take him out of the hospital for a few hours. He was thrilled to get home, see 1 of his cats...the other cat is so shy he didn't come out of hiding. Today I hear he is doing very well. Many hours in PT...he is walking well with a walker and will be able to go home on Friday. We're getting him set up with Lifeline, so if he falls he won't be on the floor for all those hours like last time. It's nice to see him laughing and joking with the hospital staff. Every just loves him and they are taking such super care of him. Thank you so much for praying, your prayers are making a difference. I am so grateful to you.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Next for the fun, carving the stamps. All of these designs are from my sketchbook. I made one stamp in 3 sizes. I can hardly wait to start stamping all those papers.
My aunt called me this morning (did I mention I'm afraid to answer the phone?) she found my dad on the floor, he had been there since 7 last night. She called 911 to take him to the hospital. She doesn't think he'll be able to live alone anymore. He was doing so well, then he fell and now it seems he's going downhill fast. I just don't want him to suffer.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I had a minor setback here, apparently I didn't use the right medium or burnish the photocopy hard enough because as I was rubbing the paper off, the photocopy came off too.....dang it. So I just finished re-gluing the photocopies using matte gel, burnished it very well. Must wait for them to dry before carving......oy the waiting.......
I am now afraid to answer the phone when it rings. It seems it's either my mom or dad that's in trouble. My mom came home from the hospital yesterday, but got tangled in her oxygen tubing and took a tumble-thankfully she's okay. My dad fell, nothing is broken, but he is using a walker and is on pain meds. Paul and I are going up to visit him next weekend. Hopefully my knee will be up for a long car ride. This is so difficult, seeing them age, seeing them struggling with their various illnesses, seeing them taking life one day at a time.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Both Anne and Carrie paint their own papers as store bought are likely to fade,this way you can make exactly what you like.
Here I'm using deli paper, art tissue, hanshi and lineco tissue. Some crinkle when painted, some stay fairly flat, depending on how much water you use to dilute your paint......if any.
I started with pthalo turquoise and water, painted a couple of papers-then added black gesso, painted papers-then added white gesso to the same mixture and painted a coupla more papers.
I really like working in a color family. Using phthalo turquoise straight from the bottle, diluting it with water, adding black, adding white.....the colors are beautiful and will work well together. I like the grayed down turquoise and how the white gesso perks it up.
Then on to Quin Gold...can't believe I still have some of that......
In the percolator, I have some ideas rolling around for stamps. I don't want to use the same types of designs for stamps that Anne does......keeping in mind "the sound or the echo". These papers need to be personal. So whilst they dry, I doodle in the sketchbook. I'm thinking about symbols and abstract shapes. This process is so enjoyable. I loved getting lost in painting papers. Looking forward to the next step........
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
The original post reads:
The first five (cinq) (cinco) (5) people to respond to this post in the comments will get something made by me. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully…
I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. (No refunds… no exchanges!!!!) What I create will be just for you, with love from me. It’ll be done this calendar year (2009) and when you get it, you have to let me know it arrived.
I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. I may even create something totally unbelievable and surprise you!! It will be handmade and may be any medium I choose. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
I reserve the right to do something painterly or whatever - it may be just weird!
The original meme requires you to post this text into a note/post of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to it. I’m not going to require that of you. If you would like to do it, great. I encourage you to do it but it’s not a requirement.
Monday 5/11 8am I'll draw 5 names....geez, do I even have 5 readers?!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
My aunt called this afternoon, my dad couldn't have his chemo treatment today because his appendix is enlarged. He has to have them removed ASAP. I can't even drive up to visit him with my knee on the mend. Today while my uncle was having a physical, the doctor found melanoma. It's always something. There are days I just want to fill the gas tank and run away.
Monday, May 4, 2009
I has home for 5 minutes when these beauties showed up! One of the brokers and his 2 assistants that I work with sent these. They are just gorgeous!! More later....I need a nap.......