Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tohono Chul Park

Whenever I am in Tucson, I love to visit Tohono Chul Park. It is only about a mile from where we stay so we go every year.

They grow every conceivable cactus and desert plant there is. The paths are winding and there is an abundance of birds and other assorted wildlife there. The hummingbirds are everywhere and so are the quail with their adorable little feather headdresses.

Honestly, I could live in this place. I do so love the desert in all its brown and green dryness.

Each time I go, it is harder for me to leave. This time was the worst. When I am there I am always so inspired. It seems anything is possible and I can be whoever I want to be there. Oh, It may be just the fact that I am on vacation or it could be something else. It could be real. Maybe my life would be different there. We have met so many people who live there. In Tucson people actually talk to you. And they don't ask you what you do for a living or all that nonsense. They are just interested in you as a person. It is very different from here and it is one of the things that I love about it.

And speaking of tangerine tango, how about that wall!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Spring colors of Cockatoo, Bellflower and Tango

This will probably be my last post until I return from Tucson. I do hope my sciatica is better by Saturday for the 6 hour plane ride. Yikes! I am looking forward to the desert. I have had so much stress in the past few months. I do think the stress has a lot to do with the sciatica episode. They say extreme stress makes you sick and I do fit the bill.

But I am going anyway. Even if I just sit around a lot. I usually like to hike when I am out there but if I can't, I can't.

So I leave you with this new technicolor bead! I am always inspired by Rebecca Watkins and her colorful beads so I dedicate these beads to her!

Thank you to all my 100 followers for all your comments, compliments and well wishes and I will "see" you when I return in a week.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

As I mentioned, I have been playing around with alcohol inks over the past couple of days. Some pieces came out great and others ended up in the "bin".

The "bin" is where I toss things I make that I don't really care for. Some things end up coming back out after I have looked at them a few times and thought more about them but most things never see the light of day again.

Lately I have been enamored with ceramic jewelry components and beads. I don't have a kiln or even the vaguest idea of how to make ceramic pieces. So faux will have to do for now. This is my first attempt at faux ceramic.

I am trying to figure out the best way to apply the inks. With the brush I get blobs of color and with the make up sponges I get a smoother application. The blobs are more interesting I think as they are more like watercolors and seem to take on a life of their own, as in this piece.

I really like these two colors together. The green is called Willow and the purple, Eggplant. Both colors are by Ranger Inks.

Right now I am on the heating pad as I appear to be having a bout with sciatica.If anyone has any suggestions as to what works for it I am all ears! I am hoping it will be gone by Saturday as we are leaving for our annual trek to the desert of Tucson. I love hiking and so I am hoping for a speedy recovery so I can hike in the desert!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Color Samples of Ranger Inks

A few months ago I purchased some Ranger Alcohol Inks in a variety of colors. I hadn't really tried them until yesterday. I thought they would be more like paint but how wrong I was!

I am used to painting with gouache, oils and watercolors. These are nothing like any of those. Well, maybe a bit like watercolor but instead of thinning them with water, you use rubbing alcohol.

They do stain everything! You really need to wear gloves with them but I am not too sure how I can paint and wear gloves at the same time. Like chewing gum and rubbing ones stomach!

I decided that before I go any further painting with them, I would need to see how the colors look on plain white clay. So today I am making test boards of the colors as you can see here. The colors are really lovely. I stamped the clay first so I could see how the colors go into the recesses. Also, I added the inks after the clay was cured. I don't like painting on raw clay.

Next, I am going to experiment with my Pinata inks and see how they compare with the Ranger Inks.

I may have to buy some more colors. After all I can never have too many colors of paint, clay or inks!

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

This Week.....

This week has been a very stressful one for me and my family.

My mom was doing well after the surgery. Then in rehab she caught a terrible stomach bug that was spreading like wildfire in there. In fact some of the units were in lock down mode due to the outbreak. It was very scary and we had to cancel the removal of her staples twice. They are still not out as the surgeon only performs the removal of the staples on certain days of the week.

We are hoping to be able to bring her home tomorrow. She is better now and is very antsy to go home.

In reality, she could have gone home last week before she came down with this illness but they wouldn't let her. It is my belief that these places, no matter how good they are all want the same thing. The money from Medicare.

Apparently Medicare doesn't pay by the individual but rather by the procedure. So if a specific procedure is covered for 2 weeks, then the patient stays for 2 weeks regardless of their condition.

No wonder we will go broke from Medicare with everyone gaming the system. Enough of that though. I don't want to upset myself anymore than I already am.

With all the appointment cancellations I was able to make some new beads, as seen above.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pantone Spring Color-Cockatoo

I am starting to feel like I am running on empty. All I can do is post a bead here and there for now.

Mom is due to get out of the Rehab Facility next Wednesday. It is quite hard for her because she feels very ready to go home. Her blood pressure is on a roller coaster so they want to keep her another week.

Tomorrow we go to the surgeon to get her staples removed, so that will make her feel better I think. One more step towards recovery. One step closer to home.

My dad really misses her when she is not around. They have been married for 63 years. I can't even imagine that.

Anyway, this bead is made using the new Pantone color for Spring called Cockatoo. I just love it. Someone said it was soothing and I think that is a good description of a lovely color. I need soothing right now.

Until next time then...........