I will have more to say after today. I have asked a brand new friend over to paint with me today. She is new in town too and has lost her art connections from her home town of Sacramento. We need to start anew support group. I have been focussing on painting my own paper on tissue and deli paper, a la Anne Bagby, but will put both at away for today. My new friend will be painting in acrylic so I will get out my supplies for doing the Bob Burridge style on gesso end watercolor paper. I have ordered his Acryla paints since I had used the ones I began with completely. I like the intense pencils he introduced us to, the ones who turn into a permanent ink after dampening. On Monday I took the ferry across the eBay to Seaport Village and spent over an hour drawing and then watercoloring the inside of the Upstart Crow Bookstore. Before I left I selected a heavy fashion magazine. I took it to Harbor House restaurant and over lunch I tore out figures that might lend themselves to designing outfits using the the handmade stamped tissues for another day.
Was a childhood “friend”. I had memorized all his poems, so his biography is of interest. I had written earlier, but it didn’t show up here, that I ordered the September 2001 issue if Somerset a studio because I remembered Anne Bagby’s Italian Clowns in that issue. It has arrived. I am eager to create more textured printed papers to work with in collage. Yesterday at The Coronado Scribes there was time for me to read my story about my crazy friend and her adventures and my new poem about yoga on the beach by the Hotel del. it makes me happy to hear people laugh in the right places when I read what I intended to be humor. I got belly laughs. Today is a lovely day. I have been taking pictures of the bells over the entrance if my Mission de Coronado home, circa 1913. The sun is shining on the yellow flowering vine that climbs to the bell on the fountain. Calla lilies have burst into bloom outside my painting room window. The rounded Camilla tree is in bloom as well as my fuchsia ice plant bush. It is colorful. Time Warner just came to hook up a box so I have more channels and a TV guide. Technology! It looks to be a good day!
The. Magazine came already and it is just as I remembered it. I plan to create another stack of paintEd papers today. I am still ready the fictional biography of Robert Louis Stevenson, under a “Wide and Starry Sky, dig my grave and let me lie…” I have always been fascinated by the lives of real people, and Stevenson
This week I have written many short sketches in the life of a crazy fun friend. Her life is like no other. It occurs to me that her life would make a good sit com. Does anyone have an idea of anyone with influence that I could present the idea to? I mean, how many people to you know who cook a canned ham in the can, unopened? Or cook the Thanksgiving ham decorated with cloves and pineapple and cherries while forgetting to remove the plastic wrapping. And one of my favorites…she thought the white wine punch too plain so she added green food color…so much that for the rest of the evening the guests conversed with bright green teeth and lips!
I am excited about trying some Anne Bagby type collages. I have admired her work for years. It was a revolution to me when I learned she used stamps or stencils to create a wallpaper look in her still life’s. all along I had been painstakingly painting the wallpaper in my cupboard painting by hand. As whenever trying someone else’s technique, soon it takes a left turn and all of a sudden it combines with your own ideas and becomes your own. I had one of Bagby’s CDs and a friend had the other, so we exchanged. Collage is a freeing technique, really the most fun of all medias. I look forward to what will come of this adventure. I finished the watercolor I began of the boats in Glorietta