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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Well, It Isn't Blank Page Syndrome but......

This piece has me totally mystified. I started with an interesting background, and washed over it with several layers of red. I don't usually use red, so I was excited. Then I stamped a design that simply didn't work. I painted over it with more red, and then added some white which I scraped over it with a plastic card. This is interesting but I haven't a clue what to do next. I guess I'll set it aside and wait for it to "talk" to me (which usually happens between 3 and 5 AM.) The final result is entitled "SETI." It shows two worlds entirely unaware of each other. Our SETI project came to mind. Perhaps there are signals all around us, but we are listening for the wrong thing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Home Made Potpourri From the Garden

I love spring, when the roses pop like popcorn all over our yard. I love to pick them and place vases throughout the house. When they begin to droop, I take them out and hang them upside down by the stems. I let them air dry and keep them until some hot summer day. Then, I take the blossoms from the stems to mix my potpourri of the year. This batch contains roses, lemon verbena dried last fall, orange peel, cloves, fennel seed, kosher salt, orange essential oil, lemon verbena essential oil, and rose essential oil. Roses mix nicely with citrus, cloves, and/or lavender.