Working Inside and Outside
Today was gray and rainy, and I’m not complaining at all. We’ve finally started getting the rains we needed, starting with the tropical storm that came through here (what – 2 weeks ago now?) which relieved the drought that had plagued our area for the month of August.
Now another nice front with more rain has gone through and re-soaked all the plants and garden beds nicely, which are in perfect condition for cleaning out to prepare for some fall and even winter crops. I plan to have lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beets, and some greens. Onions and garlic need to be planted early in October as well. That is looming on the schedule and has to get done. Today I had to go out and at least make a start. I’m in the process of pulling up all the lima bean plants and picking them clean of all remaining pods. It turns out there are quite a few beans that will in turn have to be shelled and frozen or canned, depending on what space I have left in the freezer.
Then for the past three weeks I’ve been working very hard honing my digital painting skills further. I want to become proficient at creating art that looks no different from paint on canvas, printable in large format. This is the wave of the future for the design trade, and since licensing is a big part of my art business, I have to stay on the cutting edge. This has taken my time completely away from the studio most days, and I miss just playing with paint and getting it all over me. I love playing with pixels too, but it’s definitely not the same experience.
I promise to have “show and tell” very soon with some new work from my studio!
The collage above is one I did yesterday when I took a very welcome studio break.