It’s hot as hell here!
Too hot to do much of anything.
Way too hot for Fred to be outside. (He has a long, thick, double-coat of fur.)
Fred even has his own personal fan which he loves.
You can find Fred sitting/laying in front of his fan many hours of each day.
And, of course, my a/c has been running 24/7.
(This is what you do when your giant fur child really belongs in an arctic climate!)
“My” hummingbirds have been drinking FOUR, large (32 oz.), feeders EACH day of the heat wave.
Paul Newman was a champ last Thursday and made me feel much, much, better. I wish I were rich so I could afford Paul Newman every day. I can’t imagine how much less pain I’d have.
Sometimes, if there are a few extra minutes, he works on my neck too.
My poor neck does all the work of moving my arm for me.
As a result, it’s always sore and stressed.
When Paul Newman starts working on my neck,
I begin having uncontrollable, loud, moaning, neck-gasms.
I think it terrifies Paul Newman.
He promptly goes right back to working on my arm.
I can’t HELP IT!
I’ve tried to have silent neck-gasms, so he will continue with what he’s doing, but I can’t control myself!
Who knew neck-gasms were a thing?
(Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the terrible mishap of an adventure I had with Fred Saturday night. It has left me in horrible pain. Just when I thought I was over my flare-up, I’ve found myself worse than I’ve been in ages. I think I give up …?)
I played with art on Saturday. It was a nice, cool, thing to do during the hottest hours of the day.
This upcoming photo is a background in my “extra” book.
My Extra Book is where I rub off the extra paint on my brushes and/or brayer so I don’t waste it.
Then I come back later and try to make something from the pages.
I’m finding I enjoy my extra book more than my “real” book.
I think it’s because I’m not “trying” to make anything in my Extra Book.
It is what it is … and then I just play with it.
“Extra” Page from my “Extra” Art Journal
I think it’s a beautiful mess.
I’ll probably add a portrait or something to this “extra” page.
What’s currently there will only be slightly visible by the time I’m done.
Another example of an “extra” page is this weird looking girl I did:
Purple Girl – Not Quite A Masterpiece!
I “made” her on a page I had used to sop up extra ink … purple and yellow, primarily.
The page was sitting there unused and I decided I’d add a girl, but leave the background visible instead of painting over it.
She’s splotchy as a result, but it was kind of a fun challenge to make all the splotches into something.
Here’s a background I did from a page in my “real” book.
It isn’t done yet, it is only layer #1 of the background, but I like it so far.
I’m starting to learn what I like and don’t like regarding my art play.
For instance, I initially bought a lot of different types of mixed media paper – whatever I could find on sale.
But, I’m realizing paper matters.
The quality of paper makes a HUGE difference as you start adding wet stuff (matte medium, paint, gesso, etc.) to it.
I’ll use all that I have, but in the future I’ll know which paper to buy.
Also, I love color so I began by using A LOT of color.
But, now I’m realizing color can make a very dramatic impact when it’s used sparingly.
(Not always, of course, it depends on what you’re making.)
Anyway, it’s crazy how I’m already (!!) discovering strong art-play preferences and dislikes.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about my weekend’s Misadventure With Fred.
Having a giant breed dog is wonderful, but also CHALLENGING.