The male is hilarious and demonstrative, the female serious and anxious about her charge. ... If his life is all poetry and romance, hers is all business and prose. ....She shows no affection for the male, no pleasure in his society; she only tolerates him as a necessary evil, and, if he is killed, goes in quest of another in the most business-like manner, as you would go for the plumber or the glazier. In most cases the male is the ornamental partner in the firm, and contributes little of the working capital. With the bluebirds the male is useful as well as ornamental. He is the gay champion and escort of the female at all times, and while she is sitting he feeds her regularly. It is very pretty to watch them building their nest.
- John Burroughs, The Bluebird, 1867
This is an acrylic of a blue bird, done for a former babysitter's daughter's birthday!
"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."
Day 4 and 5 I worked on thank you notes for all the great things I got over the holidays!
Day 6- New Skull done in watercolor! I'll probably put it at Nest, located in Southside Richmond! I love working on my skulls.
I'm thinking about starting a new series influenced by tattoo flash art! This would be my first. If Nest likes it, I'll add it there too!
"Oh yes it's ladies night and the feelings right!"
Ladies night at Nest, Richmond, VA went really well with no rain! While I didn't sell anything, I met some cool vendors with some great leads! Best of all, I ran into an old friend I hadn't seen in ages. She looked the exact same, only with a tuft of grey and I look pretty similar-- just married with 2 kids since the last time I saw her! I closed shop early so I could mingle and the phrase of the night was "If I had any money--I'd buy it right now!".
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Think you have plenty of time until Christmas! Me too until I was asked to make Christmas ornaments for Nest, on Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA! https://www.facebook.com/RVANest
I've made Christmas ornaments all weekend (after having a surprise party for my 5 year old which went fabulously!!) ! Nest likes eccentric, original handmade things so I really stretched my imagination to make the prototypes.
After taking them in for review, they liked 2 of them but encouraged me to make a 3rd and bring them to the event on Wednesday! Ladies night (although I've seen my fair share of men there) is Wednesday. You should come and check out all of my new things and other local artists! RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/165679823629288/?ref=5
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” - Aristotle
After making my previous black and gray soap, I put soap making in the back of my mind, bummed at the outcomes of the last batch. Soap making is a hobby that I can either get "really right" or disastrously wrong. It is an art fueled with passion for me but I've never taken any formal classes.
Today I made the following recipe I made up:
6 oz olive oil
4 oz cocoa butter
3 oz mango butter
2 oz coconut oil
1 oz apricot oil
.5 oz castor oil
7.3 oz water and 2.9 oz lye
The soap cooked pretty well although it took a long time to "trace". This is normal with olive oil soap. I added some yellow ochre colorant to the entire batch (no fancy swirls, just trying to use the correct amount) and then added some new scent. In the past, I have only used natural essential oils (oils derived exclusively from plants). Today, I used a fragrance oil that is supposed to be for men but I love it! It consists of vanilla, tobacco, clove and cinnamon. Yummy!