I heard a line from The Tempest about eyes that turned to pearls (or something like that) and decided that I needed to read the play, because that’s the kind of weird thing I do. Frankly, it’s a miracle I ever finish reading anything with all the tangents I get led off to. I probably abandon half the reading material I pick up in any given year, usually because it […]
Archive for January 2011
There have been a couple of things I’ve wanted to write about, but until I have time and energy to do so, here’s how my finished oil painting turned out: I started with it dry… Then started working on it… And finished with this: One down and three to go before I get to try color.
Back in college I took art history, in which I learned the astonishing (to me) fact that the old masters had as many as 99 layers to their oil paintings. I always thought that meant they had 99 layers of, say, blue on Mary’s veil, something that would give the color “depth.” Not so. As it turns out, the layers have different functions. First comes the primer to keep the […]
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? ‘Cause I haven’t. But I did find this gem of a book today as I was cleaning up. It’s called The Big Caring Book and Daisies Too and Missions and Chores. Only it actually reads, The Big Caring Boog and Dasys to and mishons and chors, because my 6-year-old is its author. My favorite part was about Missions and Chores. Here is the […]