Fall is fully here. With the darker mornings I’m having a REALLY hard time getting up to hike before work (my norm) but that is leaving me lots of time for making art. Both are vital to my happiness, but I hope my health and fitness will survive with less activity and more time sitting on my butt!
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I had a rock tumbler as a child and really enjoyed it. When my youngest was a child we bought her one. She was eager to enjoy it too, but somewhere after starting on that path, we lost track and it everything inside turned into a solid mass. We tossed it and forgot about it. On a recent beach trip, I collected handfuls of rocks, as I am always likely to do, and, upon return, remembered how I loved my childhood rock tumbler. I immediately researched, ordered and eagerly anticipated its delivery. Of course, with Amazon Prime, that was only a couple day’s wait. As soon as I unboxed it I thought “what am I doing?” I have neither time, nor space for yet another hobby. I thought “what will I DO with a pile of polished, pretty rocks?” I would gather them in my hands and feel their silky smoothness. I would likely gather them in some beautiful glass bowl and…then what? I have toddler grand kids frequently at my home. They put small colorful things in their mouths and up their noses and feed them to the dogs regularly. And I don’t even have a single space to display a bog bowl of pretty rocks. So I quickly decided “I’m Returning the Rock Tumbler” and will, for NOW, stick to painting them when the mood strikes.
Have you ever been to Norway? I haven’t, it’s on my bucket list, but I am Norwegian by ancestry. I love drawing houses and neighborhoods, and it’s lead me to love looking at images of houses in other countries, like Norway. Recently saw photos of rows of colorful houses and it definitely seeped its way into my subconscious, because “Bergen” was the result. Mixed media, fairly simple, with bold color and subtle texture. It would make a fantastic accent to more neutral room.