I don't know where the second half of today went, I turned around and it was 7:30. Still so much I want to do...But it was a productive and a creative day. I finished my fish! Yay! It actually has a lovely velvety kind of texture as the background. I do still miss the original orange but am pleased with the results of the collage. I like the humor I managed to sqeeze in and the words I found seemed perfect (Without thinking, I sang from the depths of my heart). It is a little piece - only 5 x 7. On watercolor paper, I started with a layer of acrylic paint, then collage, and watercolor crayons and pencils. I have hardly used this medium, so I'm pleased with the results considering I'm a novice. The paper held up amazingly well considering how much I did to it. It is a little curled here - I had just sprayed it with fixative out on my back deck and decided to take the picture there (in the snow!) since I get much better and truer lighting outside.
I found a bargain today and although it went against my purchasing embargo this month and next, well what can I say but I had a gift certificate from Christmas for the store, so it's money that was already spent. Looky here - 15 Caran d'Ache neocolor II for $21 - you'll see the little sticker in the corner that explains the mark-down, it seems someone snitched the white one out of the set. It boggles my mind that someone would sneak in a dark corner, break the plastic seal and steal one crayon. Anyway, since I had a couple of whites at home, it was a great deal for me. There are a number of very nice colors in this set, along with the classics of course.
My photo of Riley today is of him on the phone with his favorite aunt. I realized how late it was getting and I hadn't pointed the camera at him yet today so I was kind of chasing him around the house while he talked and he did his best to avoid me. I love the pose, hand on hip, trying not to laugh and still give me the gears. My goodness, when I look at this I realize a) he is no fashion plate (just a victim of cold weather-layering - don't worry I don't let him out of the house dressed like that) and b) how badly he needs a haircut. Tuques are doing us in this year, I'm afraid, as I don't look much better with my hat-hair and my scary face since this morning was the quarterly burn-off at the dermatologist. The results of growing up before sunscreen...
Another thing I have been playing with can be found here, which I found over at Karen's site. Great idea, so do-able, I am so very unstressed with this and enjoying using all kinds of medium. I'll post some later in the week.