Hey, we have lakes galore and dumps what more could a seagull want?
My Hibiscus plants are blooming happily in my living room. The wall of glass faces West so they get plenty of afternoon sun.
I cut my first bunches of grapes from the vines yesterday. They aren't particularly pretty to look at but when you walk by the counter you should smell the sweet grape smell. Haven't got a clue what I'm going to do with them. They are a tad sour. This is the first year the vines have produced.
I'm quite pleased.
I picked up the literature for the Madison Open Art Studios tour. It's one weekend only and if you were reading my blog last year you will know that I went the wrong weekend. There is an online site: http://www.maoas.com/ where you can preview the work of participating artists. I might try to get to a few of them this year. I used to think this event was free and it is for the visitor but to be part of the tour you have to pay quite a bit of money.
As much as I would like people to visit my studio, when it is finished I'm not willing to fork out $150.00 for a bunch of strangers to come and wander around.
I suppose items are for sale but they don't promote it as that. It's more of see where the artist works, how they work and what they create.
Change of topic here: I'm taking a journal class with Julie Prichart.http://www.julieprichard.com/
One of her videos was on the subject of using color in your journal. Again, her suggestions are not new but they may be for some people and they might be a reminder for any one else that feels they are stuck in a color rut.
She suggested going to a scrapbook store or an art supply store that sells scrapbook paper and just spending some time looking at the different paper.
When you see a sheet with colors that you like pull it out and really take the time to LOOK at what colors are used. If you really like it, buy it........come on $.79 isn't going to break the bank. Take the paper home and match your paints to the colors. You might find that you never realized that you could use that tangerine color with that shade of blue and green.
Look at the layers of printed design on the paper. Ask yourself, HOW DID THEY DO THAT? HOW COULD I DUPLICATE THAT?
You don't have to run out and buy anything new. Look at what you have in your studio and see if you can create something similar to that layer with what you already own.
Julie calls the process DECONSTRUCTION and that nails it.
Look around you at color combination. Mother Nature is doing it all the time. Go into lobby's of fancy buildings and see what colors the Interior Designers used. Look around you. Look at fabric in the stores.
It's comfortable to stay with the same familiar colors and that's ok.
But, if you want to shake yourself up a little try something different.
Whatever you do, create! :)Bea