I may currently be obsessed with hexagonal patterns.
Since this year began, my muscles have been quite angry in different ways. Mostly, I am concerned about my hands. I'm worried that the pain will just get worse until I will no longer be able to use them! And then I will have to be a foot painter. Or something.
So for the past week, my eye has been dealing with this by twitching. Continously at first, but now it just comes and goes like tinnitus. Painting the hexagons was the perfect distraction and perfect rest. It was looking a bit flat to me, so I stenciled on some gel medium mixed with the champagne gold paint for texture.
Today I had a Gelli playdate with Nolwenn. Her studio is filled with lots of wonderful stencils, stamps and tools to use with the printing plate!
My journal page is full of inks and sprays!
I got a little messy around the dragonfly... and added a couple of paper embellishments when I got home. Now I am slleeeeeppppy!
I had a dream about my grandpa. It was before dawn and he was sitting on the porch with a pudding and a songbird he'd found and raised. Said, "I saved you some pudding, it's on the counter."
I went to the kitchen and sure enough, there were bowls of pudding. Taking the pudding out to the porch, I could hardly contain my emotions; after 20 years I finally had my grandpa back!
We ate the puddings together and he encouraged the songbird to perch on my arm instead of his. This bird he'd hand raised and loved for so long was now mine.
It's so amazing how our brains can take a fleeting thought I had yesterday about my grandpa's death (and the gift he left for me), and turn it into such a pretty, little dream.
Music: "Cipher" by Kevin MacLeod @ incompetech.com
An ode to those late nights when inspiration hits: to every Pinterest image that catches our eye, to every wacky detail in our favourite video games, to saturated colours and world wonders, to soul crushing notes in mournful songs and to that stubborn resistance that keeps us from closing our browser windows and drifting off to sleep as we should.
I was originally going to paint a human eye (as that would make sense in this context) but I was a little creeped out by it and kept procrastinating. So I painted a lovely cat's eye instead.
I usually also try to resist the urge to stray from standard sizes to make framing nice and easy, but I just can't resist a long rectangle. The standard 8x10 is weird and uncomfortable so I thought I'd treat myself this time. :3
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?