Sometimes I come up with what I think are clever titles. Other times? Not so much. This is one of those other times.
I started a painting that I want to send to a blogging friend. If she reads this post, she'll know who she is. Unfortunately, I am not so happy with it. The original photo is grainy but I just loved it so much. So...I drew it on the Yupo paper and have laid in first washes...
Obviously a bad photo I took. It was lying chest high and I was looking down at it. But it gives you a general idea. In the original photo, there is a row of houses in the background. I removed them because I want to use that area for some words.
The drawing isn't the best as I had a difficult time seeing details in the original photo. That said, other than facial details, it isn't that bad either. I'm hoping to soften the features into a suggestion because I can't see them too well in the photo.
But I'm posting this because of the Yupo paper. Maybe I am wrong about this but it looks and feels and seems to work like I remember the thin cardboard that came in those rectangular pantyhose/nylon packages work. I say "work" because we used to draw and paint on those cardboard inserts as kids growing up. My grandma used to draw us paper dolls on them too. My theory is that it is exactly the same material. You don't have to agree with me but that is my idea and I'm sticking with it.
Quite honestly, I don't find it any more or less difficult to work on than watercolor paper. The paint doesn't absorb much but as I said, I remember that being the way when we used to paint on those package inserts too. Basically, I guess I am saying it is a familiar sense for me when painting on Yupo.
I am not quite practicing daily on my harp and I know I should be. Unfortunately, it seems to just take all the energy I have to just get dressed and go to work. I could spend all day at home just reading, watching tv, playing the harp, and working on art things. I will be undertaking a baby blanket knitting project very soon too. LeAnn said no one has ever made her a homemade baby blanket before and she wants one. I made one for my nephew's wife when she was pregnant and one for my oldest daughter when she was pregnant the second time. Both of those were on the loom and I've since sold my looms. I loved the end results of weaving but it was just too labor intensive and time consuming. This is Lee's third baby and she said she would be ok if I knit the blanket too. So? She expects to find out the sex of the baby on 12/28 and I am waiting until then to start so I can choose the colors I want to use. But that will be my next big project. It shouldn't replace doing any art pieces but I've never had the time and/or energy to be prolific with my art. I wish I could be more prolific though. Art is my passion (and so is reading; I confess I'm devastated that the harp isn't more of a passion for me than it is).
I find myself marveling at some of the instinctive things I just know about art. A few art classes in my life and at least 3 when I was in college, but I seem to have a knack for knowing how various papers and materials work. Not a genius at it by no means, but still I surprise myself sometimes. Such as with this theory on Yupo material. LOLOLOL
I've lost some of my holiday spirit, I must confess. My sister called and is having Christmas at her house. And she wants to start early, like 1 or 2 p.m. This has thrown a wrench into my whole plans for the day. My girls get up at home and do presents with my grandchildren. Then they come over to my house and we do presents here. Lee usually leaves first because she has to do Shea's side of the family. But I do cook dinner and the kids take leftovers. Now I will have to do dinner for like 11:30 a.m. or noon and I know Jessie and Brandon and the kids will head out early to my sister's as well. Jessie loves spending time with the family as she didn't get to see them much growing up. Basically what I am complaining about is that it will be rush rush to open presents here and if they eat, I will be surprised. They told me they wanted ham and I wanted pork roast so we had already bought the meats and the bread for stuffing ahead of time. I am going to make it if it kills me. They can stay and eat and take leftovers as always. We'll be a little late getting to my sister's because of the clean up but I am sticking to my guns on making dinner for the family. It always hurts my feelings when the kids rush to leave my house to go elsewhere. No one does as much for them at Christmas as I do. I don't expect anything in return, honestly. But I just wish they acted like they enjoyed spending some time with us. I wish my sister had decided to do Christmas the weekend before. It would make it all so much easier and less hectic. That said, I may well take the day after Christmas off. I still have 3 vacation days to use before year end or I lose them.
I know I'll lose at least 2 days but I am considering taking the 26th off. We shall see.