Thursday, September 22, 2016

Painted blocks and my newly decorated mantel

I love fall, and it is finally not so hot in NY. Still in the 80's some days but not humid anymore and nights are cool enough to sleep now. But it's late September and should be cooler. My daughter loves fall even more than I do apparently and she has gotten me into the mood to here's my first of many fall posts. 

2 rectangular blocks (i used my carving blocks and after the season i plan on carving them into birds)
Acrylic Paints in brown, off white, orange and gray
Liner brush and medium brush

Step 1: gather supplies and get sidetracked right off the bat by the cat playing on your table.
Step 2: paint the edges of the blocks a dark brown.

Step 3: paint over the whole block in a parchment or off white. Mine wasn't dry yet so the brown smeared into the white. If yours dried quickly you can wipe the white off here and there with a baby wipe.

Step 4: draw the words you choose on each block in pencil.
I almost wrote "give thanks" but decided on "pumpkin spice" instead. Something even more random would be fun too..."candy corn" or "crunchy leaves" or "cider and donuts"or "caramel latte".... Whatever makes you think of fall....

Step 5: paint over the words in gray with your liner brush.

Step 6: draw lines for a border with your pencil, and add orange dots or squiggles as accents. 

I'll show you how I made the little green pumpkins soon. 

Happy PPF!

Happy Mabon

The Autumn Equinox....
We celebrated with a bonfire...
Sprinkled with dried sage leaves and sea salt....

There will be stars over the place forever;
Though the house we loved and the street we loved are lost,
Every time the earth circles her orbit
On the night the autumn equinox is crossed,
Two stars we knew, poised on the peak of midnight
Will reach their zenith; stillness will be deep;
There will be stars over the place forever,
There will be stars forever, while we sleep.” 
― Sara TeasdaleDark of the Moon

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A mandala and an unexpected cat

I received a comment a little while ago asking if I still paint mandalas as I haven't posted one in quite some time. I do still paint them and this one was one I had painted this summer for the e-class i was creating. That class is on indefinite hold but...
here is the finished mandala....

And here is the cat I was not expecting to see in my older son's apartment. Cute huh?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Small Magic at the river

Last month I mentioned an ongoing series of posts I plan to do every month on the 13th, about where I find small magic. You can see the first post explaining what I mean here....
And my first monthly post here
I invited you all to join in too, and last month Nicolas joined in with this post....
This month I hope you will consider joining in as well and adding a comment with a link to a post about where you find small magic in life! you have all month to create one and link up.
(Blogger will not let me add a linky tool from my ipad so I am afraid I can't get that up and running till I buy a new computer)

One last link.....
Click here for the following song on you tube....

"Climbing under the barb wire fence by the railroad ties,
Climbing over the old stone wall, I'm bound for the riverside, 
Well I go to the river to soothe my mind,
Ponder over the crazy days of my life,
To sit and watch the river flow.
Find a place on the river bank, 
Where the green rushes grow.
See the wind in the willow tree,
Branches hanging low.
Yeah, I go to the river to soothe my mind.
Ponder over the crazy days of my life
Watch the river flow,
Ease my mind and so,
Where I go....
Well I go to the river from time to time
Ponder over the crazy days in my mind
Watch the river flow,
Where the willow branches blow,
By the cool moving water
Moving gracefully and slow
Oooooh, child it's love, it's lovely,
Let the river take it all away
My pace, the hurry, the hurry
Troubles, the worries, the worries just
Let the river take them all away,
Flow away, flow away"
        - Natalie Merchant
          'Where I go'

I feel like I could have written those words as I do go to the river on my lunch hour every chance I get. And it does soothe my mind, 
And i do love to watch the river flow....

It is slow and peaceful,
And it is always 10 degrees cooler when you get close to the water on a hot day.....
And for me, if work is hectic, the river is enough small magic to make a bad day better.

“The river and the garden have been the foundations of my economy here. Of the two I have liked the river best. It is wonderful to have the duty of being on the river the first and last thing every day. I have loved it even in the rain. Sometimes I have loved it most in the rain.”
― Wendell BerryJayber Crow

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
― Laura Gilpin

“It is said that the Magic of Air or Fire or even Earth is the most powerful magic of all. But that is wrong. The Magic of Water surpasses all others, for water is both the lifegiver and the deathbringer.”
― Michael ScottThe Sorceress

"Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
― Margaret AtwoodThe Penelopiad

“He understood her affinity to the water, inspiring as it was beautiful, and soothing to the soul."
-D.A. Henneman 'Sea if Dreams'

Friday, September 9, 2016

5 things

Another busy week.
Here's 5 things that made me happy...

1. Going in to work early for some overtime let me see some amazing sunrises!

2. Going for rides with my son, I got to see some wonderful animals.... Deer, a bear just outside of town about 30 yards from a woman having a yard sale who never even knew it was there, bunnies, Hawks, cardinals, and this 

3. Harvesting all this from my garden! My daughter is juicing 3 times a day while she quits smoking and will probably juice this all up in no time. She's made it over a week now so I am proud of her!

4. Searching through fabric for a new project. (I know... The voice in my head says "another new project! You haven't finished the last projects yet!") but I am shushing it because it is fun to plan, and technically it is not a NEW project if it has been rattling around I my head for over a year.

5. Playing in my sketchbook just for fun. I had no plans to do anything with this piece, I just wanted to practice more monsters, like I have posted the last few Sunday's to "Sunday sketches", but This time I wanted to start with random water colors instead of with a sketch, to see if that would change them up a bit and trigger some new ideas....