Only a three-day work week…no complaining here! I had lots of time in The Oodlearium this week for sure. I was off on Monday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. I spent most of the day working on the Oodle Doodles section of my website. It was quite a feat getting the artwork on the landing page to be somewhat uniformly sized.
I took a personal day on Wednesday to watch all of the festivities surrounding the celebration of our democracy and the smooth transition of power to the Biden Administration. I won’t lie! I had a huge amount of anxiety leading up to Wednesday. I was so worried that something terrible was going to happen that I could hardly concentrate on anything else these last two weeks. On the 20th, I slept in and enjoyed making us a leisurely breakfast. I settled into The Oodlearium with CNN streaming the ceremonies and a smattering of projects on the oodle surface in front of me.
A new-to me surface for pour painting.
On Monday, I picked up a heart made out of wooden slats and decided I was going to do a Valentine’s Day pour painting on it. I had never poured on wood and I had never done a pour on such a large surface. I put down a base of silver paint on all the slats and all the edges. I decided I would do a pour on each individual slat instead of trying to figure out how to get the paint to “jump” the gap between the slats. I mixed up large containers of white, red, pink and silver. One cup at a time, I created a layer of paints so that each slat would be slightly different. I really like how it turned out. Now I just need to wait for the weather to warm up just a bit, so that I can take it outside and spray with a clear coat finish.
Celebrating Democracy Pour Painting.
All week I was thinking about how I wanted to do a red, white and blue pour with small splashes of silver and gold. As is always the case, I never know what these paintings are going to look like when they are done. I layered the red, white, blue, gold and silver in a mini strainer and let the magic happen. I love how this one turned out and plan to hang it every year in celebration of the 4th of July! It actually got me thinking that I might create pours for different holidays going forward. I have a spot outside my office downstairs where I could hang a different painting every couple of months.
Last week’s challenge was shoot low. I spent a lot of time rolling around on the floor with the lego robots we built early in the pandemic before I finally decided to shoot my VW bus. It’s such a fun memory. The bus.
The current week’s theme water. I was sure that I had my submission made on Wednesday. I spent a better part of the afternoon trying to shoot flags through bubbles made out of dish soap and oil in a glass dish. I was positive that my camera was actually screwed up from when it tumbled off my tripod twice during my self-portrait shoot a few weeks ago. It turns out that the dang water bubbles just never stayed still enough to get a good focus. This morning, I woke up and stumbled into our bathroom only to find the most incredible coating of ice coating our window. I made a few shots and realized if I waited for the sun to rise, I would have something special. I shot and shot and shot and shot and with the help of a fellow framer selected my shot for the week. I’m SO excited! For Amanda. I dedicated my image to Amanda Gorman, the poet laureate who recited a profoundly moving piece during the Inauguration. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here. My image won’t be visible until the album goes live Tuesday morning.
I have been doing a lot of brainstorming for the stories, but my words have been stuck inside my heart this week. However, I keep at my practice of sitting here and writing— knowing that the practice is more important than the product. The words will come when they are ready to do so.
Until next week, keep oodling!