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Brushes and Booze

The local art place here has a regular Friday-night event involving drinks, snacks, and–oh yeah–painting. Each night has a theme, and last weekend the theme was Van Gogh. My knitting friends and I headed down there not only for some creative fun, but for our long-overdue holiday exchange (don’t laugh; we were distracted by a charity project in December and had a hard time getting our schedules together in January.)

I brought a snapshot I’d taken maybe 10 years ago. Even then I wanted to do a painting based on it, so as you can see, I really do get around to the things I say I’m going to do–eventually. These are some butterfly habitat boxes at a nearby park:

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Aside from some minor detail picking (and later varnishing), this is pretty much finished. I aimed for a Van Gogh-ish build of layers and thick strokes. Actually, that’s not true. I just aimed to do the best I could while being totally out of practice. As usual, I enjoyed this immensely, and as usual, I wish I spent more time drawing and painting. It was weird being in a room with about sixty people painting together. Most of them were really good, or at least really into it. The last time I painted with others it was in high school and the class was total graduation-requirement, low-interest bullshit. Maybe I would do well to take a real class now.

Or maybe I should get back to jewelry and keep my eye on my goals. In any case, here’s what I’ve got after sealing the painting. I think I might actually hang it up in my living room.

butterflyboxes

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It’s the Most Craftiest Time of the Year

I have to admit, I really blew it this Christmas in terms of not making things for anyone.  Well, I’ve got a nearly-finished mandolin strap for my brother, but that’s going to have to wait until I see him in person because I’m unsure about the length.  And I did finally whip up some knitting stitch markers for my sister-in-law.  I bought some owl beads from my local bead shops a while ago, thinking to make her earrings (she loves owls) but I didn’t know at the time that she doesn’t have pierced ears!  So, I came up with these (all other beads were already in my stash):

stitchmarkerslizI also made some for myself with some odds and ends I had lying around, including some stamped metal lucky clovers I’ve had since the early 80s (boy, they were cheap but they held up nice!  Not a speck of tarnish) and a stray half of a toggle clasp (the circle half, fortunately):

stitchmarkersmeMy husband was the more ambitious crafter this year, designing a barn for his niece to keep her horses in:

barnmelprogressHe did a beautiful job on the woodworking, but the clock is ticking and he ran out of energy and patience for the painting.  So I took over, and boy, did I have a great time!  I don’t think I’ve painted, really painted, in years.  I remember the last time I tried an acrylic painting had to be around 2007, and it was a failure.  I definitely want to get back into it in the new year.  Or maybe just throw myself into the jewelry-making.  I waste so much time not doing things I love to do.  Why is that?

I’ll have more pictures when it’s done and I’m back from holiday travels.

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