For something that started out looking very much like a baby quilt, this turned out okay in the end.
First there was the design and drawing. Look at me being all precise and disciplined and using a ruler.
All those little squares were boring so I changed a few of them, added random colours from my box of acrylic tubes, realized my sail boat is impressionistic rather than realistic, and then sat back and looked at this for a long time.
Then it was cut and paste time, with this result.
This morning I finally finished it, adding layers and some shading and bits of chaos here and there lest anyone think this might be meant to depict smooth sailing. It was much too clean and organized. There will be none of that in this house.
It’s a lovely sunny warm Monday here. It’s also my daughter’s birthday which means another July is winding down. Hope your day is beautiful.
Could be an understatement to say this is mixed media, because I think I used everything within reach once I got going. It’s like cooking, where you start adding whatever strange thing is hanging around in the fridge or the cupboard to your concoction. Or perhaps that’s just me, and the reason why nothing ever turns out the same twice in a row.
In the beginning I was simply experimenting doing a face with gelatos. She was supposed to look sinister and mysterious and that stuff around her head was meant to be representative of hair. So much for that plan. I don’t know what the hell it represents now. These things just take on a life of their own. My muse has not so much a sense of the dramatic as a sense of humour.
We’ve had a couple of lovely cool cloudy rainy overcast days, but today the sun is back and the heat is on. Canada Day, with its celebrations and fireworks has come and gone for another year. And we’re off and running into July.
Make hay while the sun shines.
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This was the most special of occasions, because it was the only time we ever celebrated our daughters July birthday at the farm. Our son has his birthday in February and we were never off to Ontario at that time of year. But you don’t have to be the guest of honor to have a good time.
Time marches on, the kids keep growing up, the bricks days are numbered and will be coming down. Yes, sadly, no longer will we pose in front of the faux brick background. The wallpaper gets replaced, along with the orange curtains and the orange back splash. On to a lighter and brighter tomorrow.
The great meals and the card games continued, but our family showed up less and less often – that’s what happens when you live far away. The rest of the family was nice enough to send us photos. And nice enough NOT to say look at all the fun we’re having without you.
Mom and Dad loved to play cards, and UNO was a game that even the littlest guy could play. (In that last picture, does he not look like he’s never had quite so much fun ever before in his entire life?) When there were so many people around the table and so many skips and reverses, you could stare off into space or take a quick nap before the play ever came around to you again. These get togethers and card games went on until finally there were those among us who grew wise enough to win against grandpa. Well, sometimes, anyway.
There was a new house, a new location, a new kitchen, but the games went on. There are some things you never want to outgrow.