Friday, January 6, 2012

Gadabout Artist Days 18 - 20

So, Mr. How2 and I spent three days wandering around Quartzsite, seeing what there is to see, and getting a feel for the place. I mean, what a crazy concept, right? All this activity springing out of the middle of the desert. But you do find, as you move from one tent to the next, there is a repetition to it all. We would walk into a space, look around and ask each other if we had been here already. No, that was on the other side of town. Weird...
  We spent three evenings camping out in the desert too. That was beautiful at night, and cooled down considerably. We needed the extra blanket from the first part of our journey! We were quite comfortable, and had plenty of food and water and soaked up the peace and quiet and not moving! We eventually came up with a plan, we decided the best thing to do was to explore a few days, then head to Tucson to visit our family, which is where we are now.

We plan to stay here for a few days, helping out with some home improvement projects around their new home. I will not go into my rant about lousy contractors that take advantage of unsuspecting home owners right here, but lets just say there were some very hinky goings on when they put this place together, and there is no excuse for many of them. Just pure laziness and shoddy workmanship...
  Mr. How2 is dancing a jig, he is so in his element doing this kind of work for the people he loves. I actually caught him singing to himself as he traced down a mysteriously disconnected wire and figured out why three wall switches seemed to have no effect on anything in the house. I knew he wouldn't last long just doing nothing, looks like his limit was 20 days...

  As for art, I mentioned in a previous post that I was taking an online course, with new lessons every Monday for four weeks. I have been playing some more with the techniques from the first lesson, and here are my creations.

 This one is done on watercolor paper, and I think it might make nice background paper for a collage, maybe even cut down to fit the art I am doing for the Art-o-mat project. This is 6" x 6" and I can get at least four out of it...

These last two I tried on small canvas board, not the best choice. A big part of the technique is the use of oil pastels, and though they go on nice and creamy over the watercolor paper, they look choppy and unfinished on canvas...Duh, I should have guessed that! The cutesy, free-form designs are outside my comfort zone, not really sure if I like them as finished pieces, but I will keep playing around to see what develops. I did figure out one neat trick. When you want to add more paint or pen work after you have added the oil pastel, you have to be careful because it sticks to your pens, or acts like a resist to your paints. The pastels stay tacky, and can smear. However, if you add the oil pastels, then seal them with a coat of Mod Podge or Gel Medium, then let it dry completely, you are free to add as many more layers as you wish, the pastels are firmly set and will not smear. I didn't know this would work before I tried it, but fortune favors the bold and I figured it was worth the risk...

  Tomorrow we are being escorted to a swap meet by my lovely niece, and I will let you know what treasures we find! Until then...enjoy!


  1. Sally, I am so impressed both your adventure and your art. Simply because you make and take time to create. Enjoy!

  2. Thank you Lori, it is very hard to keep at it while on the move, but I just gotta do it, it makes me happy, what else can I do?

  3. Sally, you are shining! Your new pieces are wonderful. I especially like the owls! But all 3 are just beautiful!

  4. I kind of draw my owls thar way too. I notived that is kind of a trend so I guess we are trendy. Funny how that is.

    My mom is a RVer as well. Ever want to meet a fantastic person in Deming, NM let me know.

    KEep up the art

  5. Thanks Janet, maybe I can get into this bright color, cutesy thing, it can be a second line! TrishaTrixie, I would love to meet your fantastic mom, maybe she could give me tips on this RV life style, because I am going a little stir crazy! Unfortunately I don't think we are heading into NM this trip, but I will let you know if we do. Thanks for the offer...:)