I was asked where I get my inspiration, and these days, much
of it comes from looking at Pinterest.If you haven’t checked it out, take a look at my various boards: http://pinterest.com/drcre8ive/.
Clouds, Lake Superior by Lawren Harris
I also thought more about my long-standing inspirations. I grew up in an artist’s household (my mom)
and remember as a child leafing through huge art history books. From an early age, I began to love the impressionists,
especially Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Cassatt.As an adult I came to know the Canadian impressionists known as the
Group of Seven including Emily Carr, Arthur Lismer and Lawren Harris.While the European impressionists inspire
through their color and form, the Canadian impressions show North America, and
the kind of landscape I know and love.There is a muted quality to the colors they use which I see in my own
Metchosin by Emily Carr
Kitwancool by Emily Carr
Sheeps Nose by Arthur Lismer
In my next post, I’ll discuss more influences including Art
Nouveau, and the Arts and Crafts movement.
There's a new Harbor Freight in Seattle. It's in the industrial area south of downtown. The sun is out, I've got a list of errands, and HF is on the list. Hoo boy! More notes later after I've checked it out. I know that I at least will go home with a selection pack of their wet-dry sandpaper. (Gee now, don't I live an exciting life?)
As I'm pinching every penny, I've had my eyes peeled (ouch!) for low-cost supplies for making polymer creations. I've had some recent successes. Target has a house brand of stick pens (20 for 99 cents). I tried them out, and they do work to cover with polymer. BUT, you MUST be careful with the temperature. My oven has a hot spot, which caused one of the pens to burn a very little, with the tube shape getting a little wonky. Not so bad it wouldn't take the nib, but I've changed how I bake so the temperature will be more steady. As Meredith Arnold suggests, I bake "low and slow" at 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
The second find was at the Dollar Tree Store. They currently have wooden craft boxes for a buck a piece. The ones I got were 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 2. The hinging is sometimes a bit off, but they have the clever magnet close. They'll require some sanding and other finishing techniques, but I think they will be very worth-while.