And didn't take pictures. Our Master Gardener Office asked for volunteers to paint a 4 by 5 foot mural for the Portland Flower Show next month. Something for the Children's Corner where they can draw and paste things on the murals (there will be 8 murals at least over the 4 days--changing them out as they get scribbled on). So, since I haven't been out of the house since New Year's Day, I said why not.
Today was the day.
I brought my charcoal sticks, one brush, some foam brushes (craft type), no paint, a few cups in which to mix colors and my coffee. No camera I am sorry to say cause it turned out much better than I ever expected. I would have liked a picture of it.
The mural paper was white vellum. Very smooth and slippery surface. Not easy to paint. Poster Paint in Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Yellow and Orange.
I also brought a photo copy of a very minimalistic woodland scene (as much prep as I wanted to do). Bare bones. And proceeded to cover the entire surface with a very pale sky blue mix of white medium and blue poster paint. Then I drew in the rocks, pond and trees. I had a front, middle and way back in the scene. Dimensional. No plants, no animals (let the kids draw them in). I then tried to mix a good brown for the trees in the background. It went on the vellum as a transparent brown. I added green and painted the moss in-also transparent. Then the rocks--ditto. It was almost 11am. Two hours. I thought that might be long enough. And the other painter (she does murals professionally) thought so too, when I looked up, she was gone.
G and I went further south and visited Trader Joe's. I got a few things. Going to make guacamole this evening to eat with chips and a nice alcoholic drink. Either a gin and tonic or a lime margarita. It's been that kind of week. Glad it's almost over.
Oh, I also bought a tub of dark chocolate caramels. OMG. Perfect. I have only allowed myself one as a test -- I need to keep the rest safe until Valentine's Day. When I will eat them ALL! So, so perfectly delicious. I should leave the house more often!