Thursday, October 01, 2009

We never seem to ease into fall.

Freeze warnings, cold nights, the furnace turned on, taking the dog out in the morning and seeing your breath in the always seems to take me by surprise. I've been watching geese flying overhead. I suspect the females and the kids go South because we always manage to have big flocks of geese around the area all winter, now. We also have large flocks of Seagulls which used to amuse my stepfather. He couldn't get over the fact that they came this far inland from the Great Lakes or Lake Michigan.

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: 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.
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


  1. Yikes - too much reading, not enough time. I have to go and look at your amazing postcard again!

    Thank you so much - your work and creativity are even better up close and within hands reach. Beautiful Bea! Let me know when mine arrives...I mailed it earlier this week (M or T)

  2. I'm so glad it arrived safe and sound. Thank you for your gushing. I love gushing. :)Bea
    PS I'll post as soon as I receive yours.

  3. Anonymous6:42 PM

    Are those wild grapes? I see some purple ones on my walk. I'm not quite brave enough to try and eat them, though.


  4. Hey, Janet, those are specially bred grape vines for Wisconsin. I think I've had them in the garden for two years and nothing. This is the first year I actually have grapes. I think the purple one was a bad one. lol :)Bea

  5. Your hibiscus are so pretty. I want more in my yard this year.
    About the grapes. I used to make a wild green grape pie. Can't find the recipe but you may on the Internet.
    About color. I mix and match color all the time in my quilts etc. and some tell me I'm nuts, at first, until they see the finished product and then they love it. Sometimes it just takes getting used to doing something you're not used to doing.:) I use the color wheel a lot and take lots of photos of everything to see how colors go together also. I love color and it shows in most everything I do. Let me know how it goes.

  6. Oh, Yvonne, I wish I could have mine growing outside but winters are too harsh up here. I have one tree that I have had for over 10 years. It goes out every summer and comes in at the end of summer.
    In March I click it back, it's a real trooper and beautiful red blooms. I always wanted yellow ones so this year I treated myself when I saw them in the HARDWARE store!!
    I love color and I love unexpected spots of color in things. :)Bea

  7. Those hibiscus are beautiful. I have never managed to grow one successfully, yet my son has one inside and he ignores it and it flowers away happily!

    I hope you enjoy your course, it sounds fun.

  8. Thanks Gina. I hope they bloom all winter, especially when the snow starts to fall. :)Bea

  9. Your hibiscus remind me of an elderly couple, now long gone, who once lived next door. They thought it was the funniest thing that they once heard someone exclaim "She's got aphids on her hibiscus!" Now tell me, is it really that funny? LOL!!!