Starting to add color… #originalart #workinprogress #wip #artistsofinstagram #creative365 #15minutesaday #dailypainter #dailypainting #abstract #watercolor #mixedmedia #livingacreativelife
The first performance I can remember was in kindergarten, when the whole class took over the multi-purpose room one afternoon to put on a circus for an audience of parents and older kids.
We rehearsed it for weeks. Deanne was the ringmaster. Andrea, Laura and Mandy were ponies. Brian was an acrobat. Jill a lion-tamer and Scott the lion.
In one of our rehearsals, Carla and I improvised a clown scene in which we kept stealing a lollipop from each other, which Mrs. Chong liked so much that she bought us an enormous lollipop to use in the show. I think the lollipop part was as big as my head.
Some of us played two roles, though, and in addition to being a lollipop-stealing clown, I was one of a rookery of seals (read: maybe three, total). We painted cardboard masks and taped a red balloon to the “nose” — our balancing ball.
We had it easier than real seals, because our ball never fell down. It also wasn’t round, but I guess it was close enough to get the point across.
Tess the turtle is ready for varnishing! #originalart #abstract #turtle #fish #underthesea #livingacreativelife #creativeeveryday #creative365 #creativesandbox #dailypainter #dailypainting #watercolor #mixedmedia
Field trips in kindergarten. A gaggle of doddling children with pudgy cheeks, small hands clutching a rope with little loops tied into it. “Hold onto your handle, everyone,” the teacher calls, turning around to make sure nobody has wandered off. “We’re crossing the street now!”
A clever way to keep a class of 4- and 5-year-olds together, but still, that was one brave teacher, if you ask me.
Tess the Turtle, entertaining a crowd, and getting ever more colorful. #originalart #workinprogress #wip #abstract #mixedmedia #turtle #fish #underthesea #livingacreativelife #creativeeveryday #creative365 #dailypainter #dailypainting
When I was in fourth grade, the thing I wanted more than anything in the world was a bunny.
We had cats and a dog, and various and sundry goldfish, but I wanted a house rabbit. Preferably a flop-eared rabbit.
Mom and Dad weren’t so keen on the idea. For my ninth birthday, instead of a bunny, I found a cage in the living room with a guinea pig.
I named her Abby. She was a black-and-white checked Abyssinian. She was the best birthday present ever.
I went on to get three more guina pigs over the next several years — a friend for Abby, then after Abby died, a friend for her friend, and so on. I loved those guinea pigs, but I never did get a bunny.
Maybe that’s why they keep showing up in my art. 🙂
My turtle’s world is getting more colorful! #originalart #workinprogress #wip #artistsofinstagram #mixedmedia #watercolor #watercolorground #dailypainter #dailypainting #creative365 #creativesandbox #livingacreativelife
I think this one is ready for varnishing. #originalart #mixedmedia #abstract #creative365 #livingacreativelife #creativesandbox #dailypainter #dailypainting
That feeling when you want to talk to somebody new, want to be their friend, but don’t know what to say. So vulnerable — what if they sneer at you? What if they laugh?
Sometimes I feel like some weird alien. Like I’m standing on stage in my underwear and a tentative smile.
What can we do, though, but just try?
This turtle seems to be performing tricks for an audience of fish. I never know what will appear when I pull out my ink stick! #originalart #workinprogress #wip #art #mixedmedia #livingacreativelife #creative365 #dailypainter #dailypainting
I was lucky enough to get my dad’s eye genes, rather than my mom’s extreme nearsightedness, but unfortunately I didn’t get my dad’s vision longevity. At 78, he only needs glasses to read fine print, but even though I’m decades younger, my far distance vision isn’t as sharp as it used to be, so I recently got an eye exam to get my first pair of prescription glasses.
The optometrist kept dropping lenses in front of my eyes and asking, “Is this clearer?” [snap] “Or this?”
I had the darnedest time telling! Everything looked slightly doubled no matter which lens I was looking through.
Turns out I have an astigmatism. Rather than being spheres, the lenses in my eyes are football-shaped.
It also turns out that although my prescription is very light, I actually need three different lens focal points to get through my day. I’m now the proud owner of several pairs of glasses: progressives, bifocals, computer glasses, and several “cheaters” (as my cousin Lucy calls them) from the drugstore, all for different purposes.
Mom, meanwhile, grew up with the proverbial “Coke bottle glasses,” but had cataract surgery several years back. At certain angles, her pupils reflect an odd light, making her look like a cyborg. But for the first time in her life, her eyesight is practically perfect without glasses or contacts.
She loves to gloat over the rest of us former 20/20 folks that she now has the best vision of the family.
Me, I’m just grateful that prescription glasses exist. And most of all that I can still see color.
Coming along! Title ideas welcome for this work in progress. #TitleMe #originalart #workinprogress #wip #mixedmedia #abstract #watercolor #watercolorground #creative365 #dailypainting #dailypainter #livingacreativelife #creativesandbox