Thursday, February 22, 2018

keeping on keeping on

in which our plucky heroine is feeling somewhat puny...

Yesterday, the packages in the freezer, which appeared to be chicken broth, when thawed, turned out to be applesauce. Now there are seven small jars of applesauce in the pantry, since I took the opportunity to put it up in jars instead. I realised the last time I was ill that homemade applesauce is a good thing to have on the emergency shelf, and adding a bit more is a good idea.
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Been feeling sort of a physical malaise, and decided to destress by working on another painted charter. This one was in a style that is new-to-me: Romanesque (9th to 11th C) This is how the finished charter turned out. Not my favorite style, but I think I did it justice. The color scheme is mostly based on colors often used in the Romanesque period; Marya put together sample paint palettes from various eras
I had to do quite a bit of online and book research to find motifs to decorate the charter design that were appropriate to this style.
The central cartouche, and a closer look at some of the patterned borders. The geometric "3-D" border at the top edge was easy to lay out, but quite time consuming to paint.


I was amused at the faux stone and marble columns in several of the images I found, and decided to try painting them... this was actually fun to do, and fairly simple.
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We have had more snow, last night, very light and fluffy snow. Today a great deal of it melted away, but the yard is still covered and side roads are not yet suitable for bike riding. Am getting frustrated with no bike rides and hence no trips to the pool either.
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February SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 Slavic scroll blank deck broken downcracked water barrel
2 another A/C sleeve dwarf pine plantedbag to Goodwill
3 grapefruit marmaladebathrobe patched landscape cloth
4 Seville marmalade croquis revamp yard waste bin
5 new garden bed7 jars applesauce recycle glass
6 blood orange marmalade x x
7 17 dishcloths x x
8 finished A/C cardigan x x
9 red deer enamel
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10 Romanesque charter x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

I am grateful for food on hand, for a roof over my head, and for the current ability to keep the bills paid... and for the ability to rest when I need to...

1 comment:

  1. Alison, you accomplish more when you're feeling puny than I do when I'm feeling good. The 3-D effect on the charter is intriguing, and the whole thing is quite a tour de force.

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