Monday, August 19, 2013

I found something to do! 
And I'm having a good time.  The kids have been good sports and are right there with me!  We're tearing the covers off of old books- nothing of any value, I assure you.  No, not all books are worth keeping for posterity. We're using the covers for "canvases."  Works like a charm.  Then we tear into just about anything we can get our hands on: paint, varnish, paper, stamps, tissue, burlap, cardboard, tape, sandpaper... really, there's no end of possibilities.  We even use straws and toothpicks.  I love to see what the kids are coming up with, too.  All so different. All of my paintings have collections of words on them.  I flip through the books that are de-nuded of their covers and cut out any words that I like the sound of or grab my attention and they all go into a box.  When I'm done with the picture, I pull them all out and make a single thought out of some of them.  No plan, just whatever strikes my fancy at the time.  It's a stress-free activity- I mean, the more distressed it looks the more I tend to like it.  That's just me, maybe.  And there's nothing "realistic" about the girls- so accuracy isn't an issue. My arm doesn't mind the light exercise.  It's all good. Four more weeks of physical therapy and maybe I'll be out there sewing again.  I keep seeing quilts I want to make.  
Gotta run!  String beans to pick!  (The kids are a huge help with all the lifting that canning involves.  I wash jars, help pick, snap and pack jars.  They move beans, and lift pots.  A real team effort.)
Local artisans at work.  My kids and nieces.
Don't be afraid- she now has a rooster on the fence by her.