Tuesday, November 21, 2017
I am molting!
The truth is that I have fallen behind on most fronts. My journal/planner has been reduced to penciled scribbles, notes and overflowing piles of ephemera. Thank goodness these new phones keep records of texts for what happened and when. ;^) I do plan to catch up and pretty them up. Just not sure when.
It takes 3 hours total and we can expand any of the basic segments into THE project. We start with a timeline and add all kinds of interesting things to show where we came from, how parts of history influence art and where we are now. Heck, I'm learning lots as well.
Then a short reminder of basic elements and art principles. The nature journal is their homeschooling daily journal and we do show and tell and just review sketching or how to draw a bird info. Then, RECESS! The artist of the month follows. Did you know Dr. Seuss was an arttist? The Project depends on what we want to focus on for the day and which they can work on while I get some kind of literature reading in.
I have had good intentions but realize that sewing just isn't going to happen. Perhaps the hiatus was necessary as I am starting to really yearn for sewing time and even bought a piece of quilting fabric while I was away. This winter will likely see only hand sewing and I did get an online class for free form embroidery that intrigues me.
Part of the learning was my fashion mission. I kinda felt this was vain and frivolous but creativity expressed in clothing reveals to others who I really am. I've been delighted to see how art principles apply just as effectively in the fashion world and overlap in many areas.
And that brings me to goodbye. I have enjoyed my blog and chronicling my creative journey. I have grown and changed is more ways than even I realize. I am so looking forward to my Rooster's retirement and our new home, our new LIFE! I think this is a good place to end. I'm not sure that I want to nor even can leave blogland. But I won't be the country chick messing about with crafts under the bemused eyes of my farmer. We will be doing life differently but definitely creatively!
Thank you for reading and being a part of my story. Perhaps I'll see you in a book with a different title.
Blessings from elle
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Every Monday I think about a blog post and every Friday I can't believe where the week went. Now I am really dismayed to find out exactly how much time has actually passed. It is not my intention to be one of those blogs that follow Alice down some rabbit hole!
My daily journal/planner has been reduced to scattered scraps of paper as things disappear. Not down holes but under piles of stuff. I can't say as this chaos makes creativity happen. Certainly not my style of creativity.
I left off with an art lesson at the art gallery. We are now back in school and I needed to do some kind of clean up. The Rooster wants the computer down and more accessible so I took it from my work area and replaced it with accessible marking material. Then the cleared space quickly refilled with 'possibles'! Piles of paper have shifted to piles of a curriculum which has me tremendously excited.
The Rooster's genealogy genes have surfaced and that's why he wants an accessible research tool. Knock, knock. A Ukrainian bee keeper brought his bees for a visit. Another learning experience for hubby as he tried to remember basic Ukrainian and the kiddies learnt about bees. We also got chicks and the grand kiddies have even gotten in on their chores.
And back to his roots we are going. The municipality honours the early Ukrainian settlers.
We will be spending our sunset years in the little town of Sundown. That beautiful meadow the Rooster liked so much. The papers are in our hands and we have chatted with the neighbours. In fact we joined the line up for the Harvest Supper and met some more friendly people.
We have also signed with a young fellow to build us a small bi-level. He has offered some helpful changes and he is as anxious to get started as we are. I feel like we are on the same page and he understands our vision. Next step is a general meeting of drillers and diggers and line men so we can place everything on the site. It is unrealistic to anticipate every eventuality but we are doing our level to best to limit the 'we shoulda's!!!'.
So much of my creativity has been in tweaking the new house plan and figuring building placements and landscape generalities. Once the shovel goes into the ground I shall take a few breaths before turning thoughts to paint colours.
In the meantime I am continuing my style journey. I have my colours figured and the above is close but I need a bit softer. A very exciting few months is coming up as the team is helping us discover our individual style. This just resonates with me as I have been on the trial to discover me and the artist within. It stalled because, well, it is scary. awk! Will I like me? :) But the community is so supportive and we are all wanting answers. I'm excited as this will push the art 'me' out into the light a bit more. One lady suggested I had perkinality. That's from Spanky and Our Gang! I liked that. So am I a naturally classic perkinality or a classic perkinality naturally? lol
A style club member suggested I look up an art program for students and it has just been amazing. I blew the art budget and not on supplies. Deep Space Sparkle is an amazing resource. This isn't so much crafts as art. And fun. I want them (and me) to learn things. We study artists! And the themes are not just pumpkins and valentines. Specific lessons have about 7 different grade levels so I can simplify or step it up. It is also literature based and the local library is most helpful!
I have changed things up and the grand kiddies come back Sunday with us. Then Monday morning I have our breakfast, chores and plan for the day scheduled. I can take them back that afternoon or give their mother a longer break. I do things different from their mum and so this is my classroom and we do things my way. Much better. It also means I don't forget necessary supplies. :O
School begins with our traditional, "If you are happy and you know it... clap, stamp, shout... then your art is gonna show it!" Dog may have followed them to school but was not included in the seating plan!
We then start with filling out a 6' time line on kraft paper where we added the first cave art and we'll end with current artists. I have broken the 10 months into 10 main art periods, 1 artist per month.
Second period is an art element for the month or an art principle. We are starting with a dot that goes for a walk- a line. Sparkle has lists of lessons focusing on line. The cave drawings are all about line.
Then we drag out our nature journals. We will focus on trees but the kids do this everyday at home and are making art tables and collecting bugs in jars, feathers and such for winter study! I just keep the journals moving along. Science and all is their mother's job.
Recess happens while I get ready for the second half. pant, pant!
Our main project is where we get messy and make a related big project. Crumpled kraft paper replicates cave walls.
Their mum has asked we include a folktale so I have a list and try to get that in while they work. If not we can do it after lunch!
The yard, garden, and fruit trees have been amazing. Kinda makes us wonder why we want to leave. Then we had another wind storm and more shingles blew off the barn! So we rolled up our sleeves for clean up and went right on downsizing!
I have been trying to revive my flagging baking skills! Gluten free scones need lots of work but were edible, at least when warm. I shall have to use my creative skills to tweak the recipe! The cookies worked! The wee town has a small post office and that is it. We are 'going back to the land'! sort of.
And finally I am going to have to get creative with time. The Rooster hasn't retired yet but we are glued at the hip when he is home so I need to be thinking how I can manage my blog life in the future.
So as the gals say in the style club comments and suggestions welcome!
Friday, July 28, 2017
The WAG , I did some research and thought we need to do this! I have coveted a big gallery experience for them and kinda thought they might be a bit young. The youngest, 5, did indeed think so as there wasn't a lot of colour in his palette and there were a lot of sketches which were hung at an adult's eye level. :[ But we all enjoyed it so very much and learnt LOTS!
Incidentally this is where understanding comes in. Picasso was a master class artist and could do remarkably life like portraits by the time he was 14 years old. But his intense passion was to do more than paint likenesses. He wanted to paint what HE saw and what HE felt. Above is a portrait of him, his wife, and his son. Can you see three faces? He spent most of his 91 years trying to unlearn the traditions and learn to paint like a child. That resonates with me because if I want I can just use my camera to record images. Portraying what I see and feel is an whole 'nother matter altogether.
The kids centre was wonderful. In fact some adults tried things as well. Framed glass was available to trace one's friends and make art. Josh did Jolina and Eliana did me!
Picasso was very prolific and worked in many mediums. Jolina liked the pottery and plates best as they had more colour. I had known that he also did collage, my and Eliana's favourite!
Interestingly enough creativity overlaps into many areas of our life. I am trying to find creative ways to clothe myself. I bought some fashion books as well as art books. I was amazed by Timeless Beauty which uses art as examples of how to create beautiful profiles and silhouettes! It will spend as much time in the art room as it will my sewing room and closet! And Mona Winks is a delightfully short but entertaining explanation of various museums which favour the certain eras. You kinda feel like you are there and he is a hoot!
I have learned that grey is a good neutral for me and silver is such a great accessory. I had thought glitter and metallics were for the young girly girls. No! It adds such highlights to our aging bodies. I am a believer and I may not be a girly girl but I can sure be a senior with sparkle! Now to find the perfect purse so I can spark some creativity! The museum silk scarves were way beyond my budget, even with creative refiguring! lol
Garden wise we have been trying to get everything lovely for next year and the new owners. This year the blooms have been remarkable both on the trees and shrubs as well as the perennials. This has been more practical instruction as I observe the length of time for the trees to reach maturity as well asthe expansion tendencies of shrubs and perennials. I'm taking note of favourites, (green /white variegation's) and pleasing groupings. Maintenance levels are also dully noted! And I don't think we'll be having any vines other than clematis. The Rooster is right! If they were once well behaved, they have left that stage far behind! I am kinda excited to leave this one in good shape and turn to making another creation.
Instruction is always good, even constructive criticism. It just helps us be that much more creative!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Summer should be spent in a comfy chair, on a deck by cool running water with some nice cold lemonade close at hand.
Not the case here by any means as we clock up the miles scouring the highways and byways and then returning to tackle the near and far corners of our current yard.
As a young fiancee, my Rooster promised me a new house! It just hasn't been something I have held him to but he can't help mentioning that it may take 50 years but... We'll see. Way too many options but I do know what we like and how we actually do life. So from 3 plans to a few tweaks on the favourite and then will be the tally!
Since the actual house plan went fairly smoothly I began to think about the outside. I did take a landscape course way back when. I have managed to save the best resources and went to hunt them from the depths of the book closet! Oh, FUN!!! This will give us lots of things to talk about during those cold winter months. The trick will be to contain our enthusiasm to match our energy and resources!
My very favourite book is Outside the Not so Big House. I am putting all kinds of sticky notes on the page edges! I do like the 'not so big' concept. The Rooster is particularly interested in the maintenance aspect! lol
While our house is sold we will maintain the yard until we have our own place secured. So we have been making sure all the grass is cut and trimmed. Sadly the young trees that were to protect the big barn roof didn't survive the winter/spring turn over, except one (?), but everything else is lush and almost too bountiful.
Remember the blue coop? That was from that landscape course brainstorming! And it is off in a far corner! :/
ColorBreeze, might have something to add. She bases her concept on Albert Munsell's colour tree which totally resonates with me as I like his colours.
At the bridal shower we attended over the weekend they had props for taking fun photos. The girls picked their favourite beauty bundles!