Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Good News and Bad news


More componants, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
The bad news is, I have been laid off from my job. The good news is I. AM. RETIRED!!!
Yes, my friends, as of April 29th I will no longer be working.
I look forward to finishing projects, starting new ones, helping my parents move and spending lots of time with my grandson!
Maybe I'll even clean my house!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Mystery of the Mystery Flu


April BJP 2011, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
Today is Day 6 of my mystery flu. I say mystery because it is a mystery to me how I managed to get sick again. I eat well, I exercise religiously, and I get a flu shot each and every year. And yet, here I am on day 6 of this absolutely horrible flu. I think I am getting better. I say I think because sometimes I think I am better and then…BOOM, I am down again. For example, I thought I was better yesterday until I awoke in the middle of the night with excruciating pains in my lower back and thighs. It has been an ongoing symptom in this illness but last night was B-A-D.

I do sometimes wonder about these things. Did someone release a germ just to see what would happen. So many people have this right now, as we speak, and in all areas of the country. Even a few fellow bloggers in England have been stricken.

I do want to apologize to everyone who put up with my rant on Saturday. I was so angry about being sick again I was really putting it out there. Believe me, if you thought I was bad on my blog; imagine being home with me that day. I was angry at the world…

On the second day, my anger turned onto alternate bouts of sleeping and crying…why me, I don’t have time for this, what if I get pneumonia and die, blah blah blah…total self pity.

By Monday, I had gathered all my items and took to my bed. I had my tissues, my tissue bag, my cough drops, my Tylenol, the remote, the laptop, and glass of water. I was settling in. I was determined NOT to get out of bed until I was better. And so for the past 6 days I have been in bed reading blogs, watching movies, sleeping etc. My mom called and thought it was a bad idea to stay in bed. She thought I should be on the couch. But bed is better. I can spread out and everything is here. What’s not to like other than being sick! It is a little scary but I can see how being in bed can be fun. After all Edith Wharton wrote all her books in bed. Long hand. Matisse did all his cut outs in bed. Hmmm.

I also watched a couple of interesting movies. One called “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts. I thought it was great. I love her anyway. And Javier………swoon. I also watched a rather old movie called “The Day of The Locust” from 1975. A terrifying look at Hollywood circa the 1930’s. I have never seen Donald Sutherland so frightening. And Karen Black was mesmerizing. I can’t believe she wasn’t a bigger star after that movie. Really. The climax came as a total apocalyptic surprise. Just terrifying.

Last night it was supposed to snow. Thank god it missed us. I couldn’t have taken it.

So, of course I have not done any work on my April Bead Journal project since I got sick but I thought I would post it in it’s incomplete form anyway. So you can see how it is coming along. I do like the colors. Especially the green in the fields.

Oh oh. I spoke too soon. It just started snowing………………stop me before I leap from my balcony. (Don’t worry I am only 2 floors up)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sick Again

Well, here I am. Sick again.

This time it is the cough that everyone seems to be spewing around the office. Why don't people stay home when they are sick. I don't get it. The other day a friend of mine was telling me about a co-worker who brought her sick child into the office because day care doesn't take sick kids. HUH? So just bring them to the office and let them spew all their germs there. Nice.

So far I have been sick every month since November. Frankly it is getting old. Part of the problem is stress. I know that. I have a lot of stress in my life. All I want to do is be in my studio making things but it seems there is always some other responsibilty eating into my time.

Do I sound angry and annoyed. I guess I am. Between work, and family stuff there seems to be less and less time for me. Am I being selfish. Well maybe. But I need to reduce my stress. I just don't know how to do that.

Sorry for taking up your time venting. I know you don't come here for that.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Color Madness


samples together, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.

Today I had a chance to play with the clay in my studio and I felt pretty successful. I am still making color samples. The clay is very much like paint as opposed to the glass beads. With the beads if you don’t have the right color you need to run out to the bead store. With the clay you can just make whatever color you need. I like that.

Today was cadmium yellow day. First I mixed it with purple for a really beautiful set of tertiary colors. I have always been a tertiary lover. Even in my paintings those mixtures always excite me. The cadmium yellow mixed with purple gives some lovely siennas and umbers.

I then mixed some cadmium yellow with ultramarine which makes some interesting subdued greens. Ultramarine has a lot of red in it and tends to make lovely olives. I am waiting for my order of zinc yellow to come from Dick Blick. Once I make those samples I will be able to see the differences in the mixtures and compare them.

I have been trying to make canes as well but am not having very much luck with those. Maybe I am not a cane person. Or maybe I just need more practice! I think that is the problem. One thing at a time I guess.

I also tried a transparent bead which didn’t really come out all that well. I can see that transparency offers a lot of potential. I placed the bead in ice water as per Ronna Sarvas Weltman and it really did improve the transparency. I have some gold leaf and silver leaf which I am going to embed in the transparent clay and see how that comes out.

Until the next batch then.....

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring soon!

It is almost sixty degrees here today. I still cannot believe it. I have the windows open, the heat turned off and I am beginning to feel like it is really going to happen. Spring I mean. Of course I know it is only March. And anything can happen, including snow. But I am feeling hopeful. And that is a good thing because I was beginning to feel like I was coming apart at the seams..........both literally and figuratively. In fact, March is my fattest month. I have tried all winter to keep up my exercise routine but it doesn't work nearly as well as my summer of cycling.

Anyway, regarding my craft output. April's BJP is coming along well. I have also decided to try making some components for bead embroidery from polymer clay. As the metal clay runs out I need to find a more affordable way of creating elements for my work. I like the clay very much. I am in the process of making color scales according to Maggie Maggio's instructions. This way I can see just how each color reacts with another in mixing. Since I do have a background in painting, color theory is not something new to me. However, the clay colors have unique properties and I need to learn them.

One thing I have noticed is that the newer Premo clays are quite sticky. I found out that this is due to the removal of the phlalates.

My old clay is much firmer. So I am currently leaching some of the plasticizer out in the hopes the clay will be easier to work with.

So happy almost spring to you all!