Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wordpress, bougainvillia and killing or curing a cold by swimming ...

I've been playing around with a wordpress blog and I think I like it (except for the 3 gig uploading space feature).  Wordpress is a lot more complicated to set up and get used to than blogger but I like that you have several different pages right there.  Kind of like another website!  So, I've been playing around with it.  If you visit it, please keep in mind that it's still in the creation stages.  And I've been sick and haven't felt much like doing much. 

But on the up side, I sat outside late this am and painted this.  I was actually drying off after a swim and was reading the latest Watercolor Magazine, then thought, "why am I wasting time reading when I could be painting?" 

So, I did this fast one.  Took about an hour.  It's a bougainvillia tree that is planted in a very large pot.  The total height of tree and pot is about six feet. 

**Some people** think this pot will be brought inside for the winter (it'll never survive outside) but ..... I don't think so.  It'll have to have ALL the soil knocked off the roots first, then potting soil put in.  Know why?  'Cause TOADS burrow into the ground of any of my plantpots and if a toad unearthed himself and hopped around in my house, I'd have to leave.  I seem to attract toads.  They seem to love my pots.  No one I know around here gets toads in their flowerpots but I sure do.  No matter WHERE I live.  There are many things that inspire me.  There are many things that do not.  Toads / frogs fall into the do not section of life.

So, back to this painting.  No drawing - I 'drew' it out with the paintbrush as I went.  1/8 sheet Arches, schmenke paints (that was the paintbox I grabbed on the way out).  I was going to crop out the tiles behind it but I kind of liked the pattern. 

I'm off to put together a Black Forest Trifle then more swimming.  Then .... maybe another painting.  (Don't faint, Teresa!)  Fast ones like this.  Fun - no pressure. 

Hope your day is going good.

5 comments:

Ann Buckner said...

Deb, love it when you post and when you paint. Hope your cold floated away.

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Not fainting here! ...yet :P
I love to see you painting, and even leaving the turtle away! so keep it up, now I want more, you know I will asking for more and more and more forever, right?
Put the boys to look for frogs in that pot ;)

RHCarpenter said...

Beautiful, Deb!!! What could be better: swimming, painting, baking something delicious, more painting!!! Sounds like a great day. Hope the cold is gone soon. Your talk about toads reminds me of that old comedy sketch Dudley Moore and Peter Cook did where Peter had a box on his lap and said, "I've got a toad in this box." It was hilarious and it was all in the delivery. Don't guess you could just say, "I've got a toad in my pot... :)

Linda Young said...

Hi Deb, Thanks for following my blog. I really enjoy reading your comments and thoughts about your paintings. The bouganvilla is really nice. Spontanious and lovely!

Linda Young said...

...oh and your comments about the frogs. Humorous!