I made it through the entire day without turning on the AC. It was ever so slightly cooler today, and a few trips out of the house (story-time at the library in the morning and the farmers market in the late afternoon) really helped. I hate running the AC unless absolutely necessary. As a one income family, we can’t really afford to run it every day like I have been doing this week.
Today was market day, and as usual, we did good. I always feel like a queen when I return home and unpack all my goods. With all the beautiful veggies it was easy for me to decide what to make for dinner tonight. Last week I discovered The Forest Feast (okay, go check out that site and return to mine. Isn’t it gorgeous?!!), and I am obsessed. I made this farro beet salad for dinner (using barley instead of farro, because that is what I had) along with red roasted carrots and some seeded multi grain bread I bought at the market. Both recipes were delicious, though next time I will use half the cinnamon on the carrots, to suit our taste.
That beautiful site also convinced me to break out my watercolors during Lucy’s nap today. I have been painting for years, but haven’t done much since she was born. I started in acrylics many, many years ago and moved to oils after taking some painting courses. I was quite happy working oils, but when I got pregnant I quit oil painting because of the fumes. I decided to try working in acrylics again, but hated it. I bought some water colors around the same time hoping I could learn to use them. Sadly I was a bit too intimidated to try. Well, it has been ages since I painted anything. Oil painting is far too time consuming for my lifestyle today, so I had kind of given up the hope on making art. After I stumbled upon that site and saw her beautiful watercolor illustrations of food it all made sense to me. I already know I can draw simple things like food (um, that is pretty much my favorite thing anyway), I’m sure I can paint it. Maybe I know nothing about working with watercolors, but I don’t have to create a masterpiece right away. Painting simple things like fruits and veggies seems like the perfect way to ‘break into’ watercolors.
I did the avocado above while Lucy napped today, and really am so excited to paint some more. Watercolors are confusing to me after working in oils for so long, but it was so much fun making this simple image–I really can’t wait to sit down and play around with paints some more.
Any other water color painters out there? If you have any helpful tips I would love to hear them.
As usual I haven’t gotten nearly as much time as I would like to work on my art. When I say that I mean hours upon hours every day. I really can turn into quite the recluse when I get involved in a project, so much so that sometimes when I make plans during the week with friends I feel like I haven’t gotten to work enough. This week however, I didn’t get enough painting done because I have been experimenting with some new mediums, which I will share as soon as I have something to show for myself.
This painting you may recognize from my past post. It seems like it has been on my easel for ages, and I am determined to get it finished in the next few weeks. I have so many other ideas floating around in my head that I really want to get started on. One thing I greatly miss about oils is because of the prolonged drying time I was forced to work on multiple pieces at the same time. I am though starting to remember some of the advantages (if you can call them that!) of working with the acrylic paints.
The past few years my hobby of choice (well, besides blogging of course!) has been painting. Some of you may remember over the Summer when I was challenging myself to complete a painting a week. I quickly abandoned that challenge after finding out I was pregnant. The reason for this is because I paint in oils and the fumes from the chemicals are just not good for the little lady in my belly. If I want to do any painting I have to work in acrylics, which has been extremely difficult for me. Even after she is born I am going to continue to work in acrylics, at least until we move to a more well ventilated home.
When I first started painting I worked primarily in acrylics–just because I had been given some. After taking a painting class at the community college and trying out oils for the first time I switched, and haven’t until recently, looked back. Anyone who has painted with the two different mediums know how different the two paints really are. Oils are much more slow drying and allow maximum blending time, while it seems like as soon as the paint hits the canvas (or wood, as I am currently working on) it dries. I have really struggled getting back into acrylics, and I think this is mainly because my style and technique have changed so much over the past two years using oils.
Anyway, I am trying desperately to get back into the painting groove, and thought it would be fun to start sharing maybe once a week or so what I am currently working on. Here I am today working on a piece I started way back at the beginning of my pregnancy, and never got past the first layer of paint. I must say, although it is frustrating to use the paint I am working with, it really does just feel good to paint again.
Any other mamas out there have to give up or change their hobbies or activities while they were pregnant?
Last weekend Russ and I went to an amazing estate sale where we found this fantastic couch. The art above it looks a bit out of place, and very off center (it was just placed on a hook that was already in the wall when we moved in). I guess I better get to fixing that.
Speaking of art, look at this fabulous little piece I picked up this morning at another sale…..and the price? Only $3. I can’t tell you how happy this painting makes me! I am so in love with the colors.
I have been putting off updating about my sewing projects, because, well, I am struggling a bit. I am so, so, so close to being finished with the top. I have everything on it done, but there is one problem that I have been having a hard time trying to fix. The top is sleeveless, and the instructions call for a slip stitch like hem to pin the facing inside the sleeves. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to keep there from being ripples in that area. Do any of you sewers have any suggestions??
Also, I added the Google friend connect to the sidebar. I would be so happy if you ‘liked’ it, so I am not the only one!! Thanks all, I hope you have a lovely weekend!
*EDIT* In an attempt to have more time in my day I have quit this second blog….though I am still painting like crazy. To see my latest go to my website; CedarTaylor.com.
Sorry for the lack of updates this week. The heat here has really been overwhelming. I wanted to bake bread (and post the recipe, as per request!), but it is just too darn hot for anything of that nature right now. Supposedly it is cooling down considerably on Monday, so I will try to get that up this week.
Did you know that I love painting? Well I do, and I really don’t do it nearly as much as I would like to. Last week I decided to set a challenge for myself, which I have been busy with all week. I am trying to finish one oil painting every week for an entire year. I started a second blog to chronicle my journey. I would love to have you guys follow along over on A Year of Paint.
Here is the piece I need to finish by tomorrow night for the first week of the challenge.
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