Monday, January 27, 2014

Recipe to awaken your sleepy winter self.

It's that time of year when the bear dna in me just wants to curl up indoors and sleep. The hibernating time. Do humans even have any bear dna? I'm sure they do, even if scientists haven't found it yet? ;)
Outside is grey and wet and walks are paths of muddy puddles and rain soaked fields.
I am waiting and dreaming of the clear, sharp scent of icy days. Crisp under boot, decorated with Jack Frost's art work. I'm hoping for snow, just a little before too many Spring flowers arrive, but the rain still falls and falls At least there are rainbows in between though.
Anyway enough about the weather! Here's what else I've been doing...

         'Recipe to awaken your sleepy winter self'
1: Take one slice of wood that you've had for a year and not done anything with.
2: Prime it.
3: Trace a rough sketch that you've had a while in your sketchbook onto the wood.
4: Begin painting.
5: Keep painting and photograph in between to show process which can be interesting at times for yourself and others. :)
6: Paint some more and drink tea.
7: Complete tax return in between and be sure to have matchsticks at hand to support eyelids.
8: Watch birds in between and drink more tea.
9. Daydream and admire the rich glossy paint colours on the palette.
10. Paint until all the bits are coloured in and it looks ok or finished.  :) 
When the sleepiness comes back which it will, because it's January, just repeat the process again, this time on water colour paper or whatever your preferred medium is. :)
I will be making prints of both paintings, which will be available in my shop quite soon and I will also be selling the originals.
Until next time, I'm off to do a snow dance now....

35 comments:

  1. me want the heart shaped one for Valentine's Day....... stamps foot :)

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    1. Hi Babs~ Prints are available now in my Etsy shop of the heart painting. :)

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  2. I too believe in the bear dna theory. This was a perfect moment in a dark winter day, Thank you.

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    1. Haha, my bear seems to have woken up now just this last week.
      Glad that you enjoyed Miss Wednesday March. :)

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  3. gorgeous paintings! I hope you are successful with the snow dance. I long for the crystal white blanket and to walk in it making crumping noises with my boots ... I think I'll join you in my own snow dance!!

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    1. Thank you Joann!
      Sadly no I haven't been at all successful at my snow dance, it's still been raining and there is no sign of Mr frost or any white bees. I must try again. ;)

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  4. I very much enjoyed seeing your working process - very inspiring. I too would welcome a bit of frost and snow - it would be a nice change from all the rain!

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    1. I'm glad Sandie. :)
      Yes, snow and frost I am missing it, it would indeed make a change. I just love to go for a walk in it and oh the photographs....sigh... :)

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  5. Oh beautiful beautiful magick, crafting to keep your inner bear dna awake - I love it!

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  6. I'd like to mention that some people's browsers can't support this music-widget you use, and so it makes displaying the page properly difficult. I'm sometimes reluctant to click on your posts in my feed-reader; though I love your art & hope sometime the blog will be a bit more basic & easy to view.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that Reifyn. I am currently rebuilding my website, so when it's complete I am planning to take some things off of here and simplify it a little more. Hopefully this might make things work better. I'm not completely happy with the current music player that I have at the moment, but took the last one off when it began playing adverts. I am constantly on the look out for a better player that doesn't interfere to much with loading. Music always plays such a huge part in my creative work,that's why I like to include it here. :)

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  7. ~ As always I see and feel the magic here in your blog corner, Karen....Haunting.......and so beautiful! I am a dreamer too...I'm drinking lots of tea as I type and wishing i could paint and draw like this........You have a beautiful gift! And I thank you for sharing with us all........Take time to dream.......Maria x

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    1. Ah thank you Maria...:) Sending you sparkly frosty February magic wishes to you.. xx

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  8. Karen, so nice to see your mind turns to beautiful things when you are hibernating. :) x

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  9. Love your blog and art.......and I like the music you put on too!

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad that you enjoy MelBee. x

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  10. I love the way you have used a slice of wood complete with bark, gorgeous painting, and yes I definitely have bear DNA :)

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    1. Thanks... :)
      Hehe yes I believe there are a lot of us bears out there.

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  11. Karen, thank you for this. It was very inspiring :) Are you using acrylics or oils for your wood paintings? I hope to complete my first painting on wood in the very near future. Best, kayla-marie

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