We picked the last of the Pumpkins from the garden today and will have them lining the walkway for any possible trick or treaters that might stop by. We also had a massive beet that got lost in the garden jumble – it had to have been six inches across. I roasted that baby this afternoon so we’ll see if it remained sweet. We also uprooted the rest of the potatoes, turnip, and a couple more acorn squash. Gardening is difficult on my body with AS but it keeps me stretching, bending, and working my muscles plus I love to see things grow! And – I couldn’t do it without Doug. Thank goodness he loves it too! (Watch, he’ll post a comment and say he’s forced into it) LOL!
Tomorrow for Halloween I have an Apple o’ Lantern planned but I think I’ve done every conceivable Halloween image possible. At least it seems that way but with 365 days of apples needed, I will be creating Art Apples that are relevant to the calendar, current events and happenings so please humor me with a few more Halloween apples. LOL!
Doug was wonderful help to me talking it out and giving suggestions. I thought maybe a caramel apple or a Beetle Juice apple (I would have loved to do a Beetle Juice Apple but I couldn’t face doing a Tim Burton inspired apple and risk not doing it justice.) So… One of my thoughts was to do a skeleton but I couldn’t figure out a good way to incorporate the apple – but my sweet, clever husband came up with a solution. He did however think I should have added some color but I love it just black and white. Hope you do too!
Doug said I should do a bat apple and it all went downhill from there. Puns in my family are just a challenge for another more dreadful and horrible follow up pun. However they are also cherished. And a rare clever pun….
Day 28 is drawn with pen & ink, watercolor and gouache.
Today was the first day I felt a bit disoriented. Maybe something like how Dorothy felt when she landed in Oz. Overwhelmed, a little lost, but amazed with the scenery! No more Land of Oz analogies – I promise…
I’m getting some wonderful ideas for Art Apples and I want to thank you all for the emails. I’ve been keeping a running list and I’m going to keep track of who sent me which ideas. You guys are very clever – I love them so please keep sending them in. Tomorrow I have an apple that I’ve been planning for awhile. Hope you check back in to see it.
The most difficult thing about this process is that I have to produce because I have a deadline. I can’t let any of you down and I WILL NOT let myself down.
As an artist the instinct is to keep going and keep going – it will be perfect if I add just a touch of this color here or change that line there. The fact of the matter is that most likely “perfect” was probably 3/4 of the way to what you eventually pronounce done. Most of the time perfect never comes but is more likely to happen from restraint. I love to let some white of the page come through or shade without a smooth blend – it makes it human – and in this world of perfect computerized images – it makes it interesting. So this endeavor is wonderful for developing these skills, sharpening the eye, and evolving as an artist.
Since I have to post before the end of the day – everyday – no matter what… I have to go for it and it isn’t easy. Have any of you read Seth Godin? He’s amazing and one of my big inspirations. He speaks of entrepreneurs and business but the ideas hold true here – you have to ship or get nowhere. I choose to ship.
This week will be very fun – cuz what’s more fun than Halloween? And there might be a few surprises as well – don’t forget… you can sign up via email on the bottom of the page to get an email notice when I post my Art Apple each day. And if this is your first time here, don’t forget to check out the older posts to see all the apples – who knows what day might be your favorite.
I decided to make chicken soup, cauliflower soup, and chicken enchilada casserole – this afternoon! I’ve pretty much figured out that if I’m going to work full time, have a life, and create my apples then something has gotta give. So I’ll need to prepare some food ahead.
So, before starting on chopping onions and picking chicken (I hate to pick chicken) I thought that I would run into town – ha – it’s 15 miles, and go to Guiry’s for some new paper and new pastels. Some women covet handbags – I want more art supplies – I could really care less about what I carry my stuff around in ( ok, maybe I care a bit – lol). I’ve got my eye on a new red sable watercolor brush because the one my grandmother gave me (oh my goodness – almost 25 years ago) has the paint all flaking off the wooden handle and is all loose where the metal holds the hair. It still has a nice point on it but it isn’t quite how it used to be but it’s really the only watercolor brush I use and it has a lot of sentimental value. But seriously, check out the point on this No. 6!
Ok – I’ve gone off track a bit. I put my pastels to the test in today’s apple and I wrote down around 40 ideas for apples to come…
So, I was thinking today about why cats go running up trees. Do you think they know that they may not find their way down or that they may get stuck and need help? It seems that it is just their nature and they head that way regardless.
But, isn’t that what we all do – go running full steam ahead without any idea where we’re going. Isn’t that the point of life – lead it – full steam ahead. So – for all the non cat lovers out there perhaps they are smarter than you think and perhaps they just want to see the view from the top.
Personally, I’m a cat person!
P.S. Please send me your ideas – I’ve got another 343 days left.