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A Little Cowboy Portrait and Garden Woes

I just finished this portrait of my niece’s little boy, Read.  He’s a cute little ole’ cowboy!  It’s been awhile since I’ve done a realistic anything, let alone a  portrait, so it was a little challenging but not too bad.  It’s cut out of wood and then mounted on an 8 x 10 wood backboard for framing.  I used to do woodburned portraits for a living years ago.  This one isn’t woodburned, it’s airbrushed and I’ve never actually airbrushed a portrait before..  I could have (should have) accented the highlights and deepened the shadows now that I see it from this perspective of a photograph.

And my lettering leaves something to be desired….I’m no Sara!  I just kind of free-handed it on there and didn’t try very hard I’m afraid. Lettering, eh, not into it.  I’ve already sealed it, though, so it’s done and I just have to accept it. Airbrushing doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for expression like brushwork does, though.  In retrospect, if I had to do it over, I’d probably brush paint it so there would be little more character in the rendering. (Stop it, Laurie, it’s finished..gah!)

My niece Kris works with my sister Nancy who has a very successful tax and financial consulting business and she did our taxes this year.  In typical Laurie style, I assume that she might like something more personal than cash for payment. I hope that assumption isn’t one-sided!  Maybe I should’ve asked…..

Well the deer ate my ENTIRE garden and started in on my precious purple phlox. Right down to the stems.   Man, I was just like, ERRRRRRRR.  They even ate the tops off my giant sunflowers and my morning glories. The only thing left is a bumper crop of passion flower vines.  By the way, passion flowers are super cool looking, but they spread like alien freak plants.

Between the early flooding, the hail and the cold followed by record heat, draught, and now deer, it’s not been a good year for growing things.  If that’s not bad enough, my cherry tree has no cherries, my apple tree has no apples, my mulberry tree has no mulberries and my pear tree has maybe six pears.  What in the world… ?   I don’t know if it’s crazy weather or if the honeybees have taken a hit and things just didn’t get pollinated. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any honeybees this year. I bet it’s because of that damn electric company and their toxic herbicide program. I’d rather have growing thngs than electricity.  We didn’t even get any black raspberries this year and those are always copious.

Ah well, whine whine wah wah wahhhhhhh.  I’d better get out into the studio and make something before I depress myself and everyone around me!  Gah!

Have an awesome whatever day this is!

Laurie

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Crazy Assed Weather

“Dream Angel”  by Primal Painter

I love this angel, the colors, the movement, the feeling, everything about it makes me gaze at it and feel better about things.  I’ve really needed to feel better the last few days, so yay for Dream Angel!


We’ve had so much rain in the past five days (or maybe longer, it feels like forever) that many of the roads around here have been washed out and flooded.  Several people have been washed away in their cars, the rivers are at dangerous flood levels, people have been evacuated….it’s been something else. Twelve inches so far and more coming this afternoon.


We’ve had hail three days in a row.  The first day, the hail was the size of tennis balls and didn’t just fall out of the sky, it  SHOT down on us with unbelievable force at an angle.  It felt like we were under attack!  The ice balls would hit the rocks, the trash cans and the CAR and the WINDOWS and just explode like mini bombs.


I was  screaming and shrieking about windows getting smashed out, so my boyfriend Jamie ran out to the car to cover up the windshield (he was too late) and got pelted with hail so big that it drew blood and made big welts on his arms.  I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m OLD!


My yard is littered with copious amounts of leaves and branches, my flowers are shredded…..Man! Crazy sh*t!  For some reason, and I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I’ve been super emotional.  I have to wonder if it’s because of the work I’ve started doing on my heart chakra painting.  My heart chakra is so deeply wounded that opening it up is releasing floodgates of emotions, kind of like the flood gates that have opened up in the sky.  I anticipated this happening but it’s still intense!


It also doesn’t help that I’ve been having horrible migraines, too.  I had some serious brain and head injuries that make me susceptible to post traumatic migraines.  I hate drugs, and the pills I take to get through them are brutal on my system.  No headache today (thank you God!) but I look and feel like complete and utter hell.


Well, on that depressing note, maybe some sunny happy pictures are in order! Here’s a few pictures of some of my flowers before the shredding..

My eyes are starting to get blurry on me (another side effect of the migraines, no it’s not age darnit!), especially the eye I look through the camera with, so it’s getting trickier and trickier to get things in focus.  I already have to wear reading glasses to read, but they don’t work with the camera viewfinder.  Not quite sure what I’m going to about that little glitch.


Well I need to get some things done before the next storm and the next migraine, so have a good one! (I made one of the tags for this post “whining”, gah!  Sorry…..)


Later,


Laurie