This is a conglomeration post of my last couple of weeks. I recently turned 35. Here is a pencil case that I whipped up to celebrate this “achievement”:
Is age really just a number? I’ve realized that if I’m lucky my life is half over. Sure, I could live longer (or shorter!) but for sake of argument, lets just say 70 is my magic number. I’m a bit…hmmm…well, sad isn’t the word…but I guess I feel somewhat cheated to put a term limit on my art and craft making! Sounds ridiculous that this is the first thing that comes to my mind, instead of lamenting the finite time I have to spend with my dear family, but there’s just SOOOO much that I want to do and try and master in the way of art (and craft) making. And sooo little time. My days and many nights are filled with life; work, kids, chores, dog, cat, house, garden (holy cow it’s SPRING!), and so much more that it seems that the art takes a back seat much of the time. By the time all is quiet in the house I’m EXHAUSTED. Such is life with young kinds I suppose.
What’s in the “35″ pencil case you wonder? Not just any old collection of pencils but a bunch of vintage (and new) awesome pencils- both colored and graphite. My step-mother, for lack of a better term, hands me fun collections every once in a while. For instance, she recently gave me about 50 mini perfume bottles (emptied and washed) in all different shapes. Just the other day she handed me a bunch of pencils. An artist died (his art-making term limit was reached) and she acquired some of his things. Here are some of his pencils-turned-my-pencils:
Very awesome indeed!!! Thank you, Mary (the step-mom), and Mr. Theberge (the artist)!
I’ve been into painterly approaches lately. I want to learn about painting- watercolor, acrylic, oil, wax- I’m very excited to polish some fine art skills. I’m thrilled to soon continue with another watercolor class- it starts this Friday. It’s called “Decalcomania” and is taught by the very talented watercolorist, Linda Murray at Merrymeeting Adult Ed. I was told that I needed to bring to class a photo of a tree with gnarly roots for that was what I would depict in my painting. I searched high and low for the perfect tree but was having difficulty finding “the one.” I mentioned this to my kids and they both immediately chimed in and told me that the perfect tree with gnarly roots grew on their playground!
And boy they were right! I love this tree! It is perfect and oh so meaningful. I will post about my progress in attempting to paint it.
In my life I think I have been to three cat shows. This is an event where people bring in their cats to compete- much like a dog show- for ribbons and such. It’s really a beauty contest for cats. I’m compelled about once every ten years to visit one. I love animals and cats are no different. And where else can you go (besides the animal shelter) and get a massive dose of cats? A couple of weeks ago I took my family to a TICA cat show. Not only was it hilarious, but also adorable, and part of the proceeds went to helping homeless kitties. I spotted this car magnet which spoke volumes:
Just profound! Well, there’s my conglomeration post, I hope you enjoyed it!! And thanks for visiting!