IT’S POURING IN HERE!

I’m always late to the party when it comes to current trends, be it fashion, music/entertainment, social media platforms, etc…  For example, I bought my first(and only!) pair of skinny jeans about one year ago.  But, those skinny jeans are new to me, and that’s all that matters.

What’s also new to me is this fascinating art form called acrylic pouring.  Artsy folks have been doing it for many years.  But true to my nature, I stumbled upon it just months ago via YouTube.  I was totally smitten.  And hooked.  I’ve been “pouring” my heart out for the past few weeks and just can’t get enough.

This was the very first one I made.  Not bad for pouring kindergarten, right?

Most artists pour on large canvases or substrates, but my workstation is the kitchen table; therefore, I’m keeping production to a smaller scale, suitable for greeting cards.

One unavoidable aspect of the pouring process is paint drippings, which many believe should not go to waste, myself included.  Pictured below are my paint drip art pieces.  The exploration process is just so liberating, and has opened a new door to my artistic endeavors.

I hope this post has inspired you to play with paint or pour your heart into something new to you.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Hello Folks, Happy New Year to you!

I’m partial to January, admittedly, as it’s my birthday month.  I also have a weakness for beautifully illustrated wall calendars.  The Old Farmer’s Almanac gardening calendar will be my eye candy for 2021.  Regarding new beginnings and fresh starts, we each get to make our mark on a clean slate in one way or another.  I’m doing that in the literal sense.  I’ve reignited one artistic facet of my life I all but let smolder in 2020.  That was then…..

And this is now!

I received a lovely clutch of alcohol inks from my sister for my birthday, and have been exploring their potential over the past few days.  These experimental abstractions are no bigger than the palm of my hand.  They look like something you would examine under a microscope, don’t they?

In general, alcohol inks are applied to slick, non-porous surfaces, and with the addition of an “extender” medium, the ink can be manipulated to create interesting designs and patterns.  Watercolor paper, my preferred substrate, is naturally porous; therefore, I’ve had to be inventive with my process.  Unpredictable results are par for the course, but that’s half the fun!

I can’t wait to show you what else I’ve been making lately.  I’ll share that with you real soon.

Do stay tuned……

 

PRAISE-WORTHY PLANTS

Good golly, it’s already mid summer and I’ve yet to share any goings on at the createaerie.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time in my yard with garden tools, not much with my camera  Anyway, I thought I’d share a few fabulous plants that the deer seem to ignore.

See that hot pink action going on?  That’s Lychnis coronaria and it’s tough as nails!  Though listed as a sun lover, it performs just as nicely in light shade.

 

Next, is Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’.  Give it full sun, skimp on the water and this plant will bloom steadily for at least a month.  Nothing seems to bother this beauty.

Need some blue in your garden?  Give Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ a try.  It tolerates a range of soil conditions, and post bloom, makes a nice leafy filler in the garden.  It appreciates some afternoon shade.

Of course, there’s good old Nepeta, a perennial workhorse in the garden, paired here with Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’.  Hydrangeas are candy to deer, but it’s worth mentioning that this species is the most forgiving of all the hydrangeas, perfect for the beginner gardener.  Cut it back to about knee high every spring, then just let it do its thing.  Oh, and give it lots of water.

So, if you live in deer country and need to add some plants to your garden, give the above mentioned a try.

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