Saturday, November 01, 2008
Hijacked by carrots
My plans for relocating my studio have been hijacked by carrots.
The weather forecast is due to get frosty and The Other One (T.O.O.) decided that ALL the carrots had to be picked today and deposited on the kitchen counter. That's all well and good except that then something has to be done with them, like cleaning and blanching and draining and drying and bagging for the freezer.
All I wanted to do was get things into gear and do some drawing and painting, but instead it was carrots. At this point in time, I quite hate carrots. I know that I'll appreciate them being in the freezer later but today they didn't thrill me.
Finally late in the day, the furniture was moved out of the new studio room and the ancient carpet that was there pulled up. I have some laminate wood flooring to go down that should be pretty impervious to damage or spills and I'm gradually replacing all the carpets in the house with wood flooring as its so much easier to clean. I only wish I'd had it years ago when I had small children and animals.
I am also looking at decent lighting for the new room. There is a north window there but it is on ground level and gets morning sun. At this time of year especially, light is needed and I'm to find the most suitable light to use. I will look at daylight tubes perhaps despite their utilitarian look and use a gooseneck halogen lamp that I already have.
Despite disruptions, I made a start on a little painting. This was from a photo that Maggie Steifvater let me use. I've had it since last year but haven't gotten around to it til now. I used acrylics but now wish I'd used oils instead. Acrylics are tending to frustrate me more lately as they dry before I have a chance to manipulate them. There's still lots of work to go into this piece and hopefully I'll find a little more time to work on it tomorrow.