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  • I drag myself out of bed Saturday morning. It's the weekend before New Year's Day and I plan on painting, my soul is hungry for the relaxation that comes from creating art. And today, this winter blues is really worse than usual. I feel like I have lead in my feet as I put on some slow music to match my slow movements and I begin stumbling around picking out the paints and selecting the paper, knocking things over and dropping them. Gada! This ain't the usual winter blues.

    OK, let's just work on that mixed media painting and get more of the pieces glued in place today. It looks messy, so I move things around and take a few things away and it looks much better. It reminds me of how I over crowd my life with too many things to do and not enough time to get it all done, so the lesson is to remove some of the 'things' in my life as well as in the painting. When I finish, my mind is quieter and my body feels more relaxed and less clumsy.

    I clean up my mess and drag my body upstairs to the computer to check my biorhythms, yep, the physical and emotional are dragging the bottom of the graph and my mental is at the top. No wonder my monkey mind has been in high gear and my body in low gear.
  • Winter Blues I

    Sunday is much better, I put on music with a bit of a beat to it, slip a piece of watercolor in my soaking container with just enough water to cover it, and leave it to mellow for awhile. I pick out cool blues and cool reds, squirt the acrylic ink colors in sections of an old ice cube tray, get out a piece of Yupo paper, and decide to just slop the paints on and get 'IT' out of my system. When I finish, I take a black oil pastel, scribble on the wet paint and put it aside to dry.
  • Winter Blues II

    Now I am rolling! I pick out a few things that I love to use for printing and mark making and place them within reach. I get the soaking paper onto a piece of plexi glass and spread the water evenly with a damp natural sponge. Then I begin the painting process, covering most of the sheet of paper with the acrylic inks using a large brush. I throw some kosher salt in selected areas just as the sheen is going off the paint, place a couple of textured things in the wet paint areas, and cover it with another sheet of plexi glass with a couple of books on top, so the paper won't buckle as it dries.

    I wait patiently for a few days and then take the plexi and books off the painting and remove the objects from the paper. I recover it with the plexi and books until it can dry completely, which may take a week.

    I was feeling Marvelous, my body had moved into second gear and my mind had dropped down to first gear. My soul was floating in Heaven.
  • Today, I finished the last part of the mixed media painting with a protective coat of gloss acrylic. The white circle is actually metallic silver and the day glow lizard is white plastic. It's on gallery wrap canvas and the sides are one and three quarter inches with antique tatting glued around the edges. Some of the glued parts actually extend beyond the edge of the canvas, but I cut them off in the picture. It is the first one in a series of 4 and each one must be built up gradually with layers of various things glued down.

    And yes, dear Ms. Uni-Verse, my patient muse, this one has words in it as you requested, 'Windhorse Prayer Flag'. You never did ask me what that koan was that I was going to paint into a picture, and now I've forgotten it.
  • Unfortunately, the photos don't show the subtle colors that are in the watercolors, as you are supposed to shoot pictures of paintings on an overcast day, and I shot them in the shade on my front porch. Shooting in the sun gives a yellow tinge to them and shooting in the shade gives them a bluer tone. I will patiently wait for an overcast day to shoot them again.
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