Computers eat up so much of my time. It’s all about possibilities. I could do this or that or that . . . .
But when you are reading about something, you aren’t doing it–or anything else for that matter. I don’t mean reading for a purpose, I just mean looking (surfing, Pinterest, Flickr, etc.) at what you “could” make or do. And I’m also talking about losing four hours in an ADD zone-like trance. Don’t get me wrong– it’s fun, but it isn’t productive. Fortunately I don’t have the responsibility of a daily job anymore. I guess I just have a big case of Protestant work ethic guilt.
Yesterday it was a still life of a lemon. The purpose was to do it with a color system and observe the effects. I chose Violet and Lemon yellow. I put the lemon on a white plate and sat that on a piece of violet batik. I had to paint shadows on the white plate. White! Did you know that white isn’t really just white in a painting?
I added the palest grey and a bit of super pale violet. I have no idea why. I also drew in the lines with a pen because I just like that kind of thing.
I worked hard and learned a lot, but I don’t really like the painting. I have to remind myself that it isn’t about the product, it’s about the learning.
So today I learned to make texture with salt. Yep, table salt. I painted a very wet watercolor and sprinkled salt on it–Steve’s favorite spice. The trick is to sprinkle it on the paint at the magic moment–I haven’t quite learned when that is. But I had some success and a lot of fun.
Speaking of life—football is back, and I have two fantasy teams. Looks like the knitting will pick up. It’s the only thing I can do while watching the games without spilling stuff or making a big mess. I added several inches to my Spectra project last night while watching my man Peyton show his stuff. Games are on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday. Heck, I might actually complete a project.
I hope you’re having as much fun as I am.