Wall tiles with alcohol inks, uncontrolled

These are my favorites so far but I don’t control the ink yet, impossible to make two the same

they may overwhelm unless I learn to lighten the inks.!7

I’m just learning how to use the inks, it’s fun but I don’t want them to be too dark. I’ll be using them on my bathroom wall and at my entry to RV

Pure Playfulness.

Actually I don’t really like them, not my best idea, some I do like, maybe about 10 of them I like, but I don’t see them looking good all together on the wall.

hmmmm, rethinking here.

Caballo New Mexico is the Best Place to Live

It must be.

We always miss the worst the weather offers.

It’s going to be a sunny 68 tomorrow

everywhere else looks mighty chilly or damn cold.

even snow.

I sat painting in my studio much of the day with my little heater on and the hot lights but didn’t paint anything much, just fun using craft paints on canvas paper, I’m still getting warmed up to use my good paints. Lately I use craft paints for the first layer and go to my fabulous fluid paints to finish, today I painted some cactus plants against a New Mexico sky. No photo yet of it but here is my work blending colors. I like it, it’s kinda cool on 16 x 20 and I painted another thing on the back! I’m painting on both sides, you’ll surely like at least one side and when you get tired you just turn it over! It’s a twofer! Anyway.

I just finished reading a biography of O’Keeffe, what an interesting life she led and lived for over 90 years. I want to go to Santa Fe soon, I believe there is a museum with her work there. I’m remembering the first time I went to Santa Fe. I went with the idea of studying Chinese Medicine, it was cold, there was snow. I had just left Panama so the stark change in the weather was such that I stayed just two days and left crying. I could not do it. I may wait til Spring to go, now that I remember it is colder there than here.Yeah, I’ll wait.

My road trip with Charley has been postponed til Spring. I realized that 4 days traveling to VA in my little car and another 4 days getting back home was not a fun way to spend 8 days. Then I heard about the frigid weather happening along my route and am glad I changed my mind. We’ll go in the Spring in my RV and hopefully I will be able to tow my car and take my time to enjoy the ride.

I’m reading 1000 Best Dog Training Secrets. I’m wondering if Charley is too old to learn new tricks, or even basic skills, he does know ‘sit’. I don’t know how old he is. He’s not a young pup, he never learned to play, not interested in balls….no interest in fetch, when we go to the dog park I tell him, find the ball find the ball where’s the ball and nothing. Exasperating. I’d play with him, but how to teach a dog to play?

Lots of commands to learn and teach, I think he’s teachable, I hope I have the patience to teach (and learn).

My Studio!

I’m sitting in my almost finished studio and I’m so darn pleased! The latest additions were my front step made for me by my acupuncture friend (who is doing very well), and my lights that will even keep the studio warm during cold winter days, no need for a heater! Thanks to Dan they even work!

My studio is well supplied with paint and much of the stuff an artist needs so now I’ll see if I am an artist or just a wannabe artist I’m taking another online class that teaches me so many techniques and simple color mixing that I know nothing about.

It froze a couple nights, not all my plants look like they’ll survive. darn.

People say I should sell my RV and live in here! No, but now I have places for everything I love to do. (eat sleep and goof around) The simple life style actually costs a bit but now I think I have everything I need and even what I want. ( but I’d love a bathtub!)

Charley and I plan to go to VA for Thanksgiving, I don’t have a hook up to tow my car yet so (yeah that’s the next thing I’ll need) we will mosey along in the tiny car despite my son’s belief that it doesn’t belong on the highways. PooPoo I’ve done fine on highways.

Silver City, Gila National Park & Emory Pass, Rock City

Becca and I went to Silver city, we had to see what this artists conclave was all about. Said to be the most diverse art collective in New Mexico,( what about Santa Fe? ) Studios, galleries and museums number over 50 in some out of town areas, but down town is replete with shops and galleries, we saw but a few then had lunch in a pub for a local brew. We plan to come back to see more, they offer workshops, weaving would be fun to learn! But it is a bit far from home.

We wanted to stop in Rock City before going home, glad we did, what a incredible site of huge volcanic rock . You can camp in this area but we only saw a couple people, there is a nice visitors information building with bathrooms and an informational video.

Then I took a wrong turn.

We ended up in Gila National forest NM 152 which lead to Emory pass. A road of continuous twists and hairpin curves and no guardrails. What a great ride! So glad I was driving my smart car, anything bigger would have been scary. Too bad these photos don’t show how deep was the valley, the peak is 8149 elevation, I read that it is a favorite ride for motorcyclists but even they follow the suggested 10-15 mile speed recommended and enjoy the scenery. I’m glad I filled my tank before heading out, that would have been a big mistake as the ride is long, I was beginning to wonder when it would end, and then it did.

No bugs,a cool Breeze and I think I am drunk!

I am so happy to be where I am right now in at this instant.

And I’m sure I will feel the same sober.

mentida,  I’m fine just a bit of drinkypoo with my friend Marie

I like where I am so much that I have no plans to leave here, which was not my plan. My plan was to travel all about the country side visiting  parks and public lands.   I could keep traveling finding new places to stay but why? I sometimes feel like I have not acomplished what I set out to do, travel, boondogging here and there, but why should I   if this works for me? And it works for me now.

By the way, My landlady, CJ has a guest house for $25/night so come visit me!

I’m going to buy a storage unit big enough to have windows where I can paint and do my artisty stuff and maybe even see a client or two.  My massage chair arrived today,       (great idea Nancy) My landlady seems to think I’ll be able to see clients here, even if I don’t it will be good to have a small studio right here as my RV is a bit tiny for business or art making.

Today I bought plants and planters, so excited to start seeds for a small garden of flowers,  cucumbers, and lavender,  plants are expensive so I have just a few for now, my space will be so beautiful when the seeds explode.  Wow, everything I want right here in my small space. Could anyone feel richer than me…I?  It’s  good to have few needs,  a simple life, few obligations, friends  and peace of mind every day………..

But my smart car is making worrisome noises.  Now it’s something in the left front area sounds noisy, maybe this wasn’t the best choice for a towed car. To do anything to it I would need to take it to El Paso, the only authorized repair shop close-ish by. I’ll see about it mañana.  It drives okay except for the noise, thoughts?

It would have been a perfect day to do my roof today, sunny but not too hot, no nasty wind and more important, no rain.  Where is Frank?  Where is my roof guy? We really should get this done  before the monsoons arrive.  Does  NM gets monsoones rains? I don’t know but my landlady suggests we get it done before they arrive..  Frank is a good guy I’m told,  also I think  he may be the guy to ask about  pot availability in this area.  Could this be why he hasn’t been around, busy being blissed?

Have  I told you about my experience with pot?  I think it is something an old girl should try at least once.  I’ve tried it a few times with no sensation of anything happening until I smoked with  my friend Robert.  Those walks we took to the lake had the added interest of smoking his pot.  He used a little pipe and it was easy to grab a bit of smoke and hold it without na55JU6eT66Z9EGlUtVizA_thumb_2ad6 coughing much but I felt nothing at all, while he was there being blissed.  He said try it again several times and I did until WoW I felt it and it was Not Pleasant.  I felt unsteady unable to put one leg in front of another and needed to be guided home.  It didn’t last long, I’d like to give it another try, maybe not outside or somewhere I don’t have to go far to get home, or at home. It was interesting, a feeling of not being in charge of myself or my limbs. What was going on in my brain? Why is this something deemed agreeable and why do I want to keep trying to reach the state of bliss advertised ?

Because I can.

 

Chinese Painting Brushes vs GIGI Upgrades

I’m practicing using the Chinese paint brushes, deciding if I want to invest in another project with it’s own implements. I like the way I can make tree trunks and branches with this brush but I don’t’ think I’ll succeed using them for flowers. I’m not a delicate painter, I need wide swoops of color, but I’m interested in watercolor, I’ve never tried using it before, thought it would be too hard as I’m not much at drawing and keeping white spaces. I never got too far in the drawing course I haven’t finished taking. And I still have painting courses I can work on.

Now that I have GIGI kind of figured out I want to spend more time learning art techniques. Much to learn, I add these photos here only to show you how much I have to learn! A little bit of wine helps release the inner muse.

But GIGI needs a new sink and faucet asap, well it’s not urgent it’s just old and ugly and is the first thing you see when you come in the door, after you see all the bright red colors and expect something ………clean and more modern. I am sorely tempted to go to amazon and order the sink and faucet, I see just what I want and it seems very reasonable but then I’ll need it installed and what if I get the wrong parts and how difficult would it be to install, because rv’s have different plumbing issues I’ll have to get some rv help….I wonder if they’ll take a credit card? (thinking out loud here). I may just do that, then I’ll have things on the inside looking very good ……..after I repaint some areas that need touch up or really need a second coat of a green I hope I can match……….yeah, I’ll never really be done will I. Soon to get started on the outside, soon as the weather permits, today it’s chilly but not windy, I have some issues to work on on my roof too, not leaks but some potential problems. Probably a priority.

One step at a time is boring.

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Flea Markets in Truth or Consequences…Opportunity?

I was talking with my friend Becca yesterday about art and opportunities here in this area, and found out that there is a weekly flea market in T or C ( Truth or Consequences NM). Anyone can set up a table for $5 and sell whatever. A good way to learn about the community and offer our skills. on a regular basis. No need for the trappings of yesteryear in Plano TX that turned out to be so expensive and difficult. I have the remains of several projects that would be nice to sell, my pursettas, maybe a rock or two some prints. Of course at events like this you don’t expect to be able to sell anything for much more than 5-10$$, or less, but might be fun to do it together with my Minnesota pal Becca. She is the information seeker, she knows everyone here and keeps me up to date of the comings and goings in the park. She makes beautiful silk scarves and jewelry that she wouldn’t mind selling. I passed by the flea market last Saturday but didn’t stop to see what was what, there were plenty of cars parked around the site and a small crowd of people shopping. I should have stopped but didn’t I will this Saturday & Sunday.

Did I tell you that my neighbor Robert has moved to T or C? He got a great offer to work in one of the best hot springs hotels( river bend) in town. Alas. He will be missed but he says he’ll come back now and again to help me with this or that, I hope he does because I still need help with this and that. We may do some caulking today on the outside of GIGI. My babe needs a face lifting bad to match her lovey interior (smile)

I’ve hardly gone anywhere yet in my Smart Babe, I have so much to do here, painting, sewing my privacy covers for the cab and more painting. As my living space includes the cab it leaves me open for viewing unless I close it off completely. Instead I have covered the windows with reflectix which is used to deflect the heat or cold, like insulation. and covered the reflectix with Indian fabric, still working on a way to get them to stay up and in place, the magnets aren’t working out yet But I have a plan, I’ll figure something out, meanwhile they are taped in place, and yes I covered the chair too but it’s not finished either. Love the fabric!

Am I getting close to being over whelmed by patterns? Nah still loving them.

Good news, Robert was just here and solved two new problems for me. The light in my bathroom now works and he was able to re-ignite my hot water heater. It’s windy today, I hope the pilot doesn’t go out again. We may have to see why this happens is there a opening in the cabinet door to allow the wind in? We have a wind advisory, I just got a red flag warning in Caballo, where I am. Never heard of a red flag advisory. but the wind is shaking my RV and the chimes are active. Glad I’m not on the road in either my Smart babe or GIGI today.

Simple way to change Tile Photos

Today I changed the tiles I’d put above my fridge and microwave because the abstract images didn’t look like they belonged. But instead of removing the tiles I just added new pictures up with Elmer’s craft bond spray. Because I printed the images with photo paper they are glossy so I think I won’t do anything more to them as I can change the photos whenever I want to. That blue flower looks lonely up there but I’m leaving it for now.

You can make tiles using your own photos , or you can order my mine

GIGI RV Wall Tiles

Yesterday I made lots of 4×4 inch prints of my paintings with the idea that people could buy the prints and make their own wall decor similar to mine in their RV. Also I needed to test my little printer and see how many images it would make to be cost effective. Would have been a great idea had I thought about it before I uploading to the RV face book sites, I had the attention of hundreds of RV Face Book members then. They may not come back here after they’ve seen my RV photos not realizing there is more to see. I’ll see if there is enough interest before I become invested in this project.

4 x 4 images for GIGI tiles.

I’d like to see if I can use resin here in the RV, It’s pretty fussy stuff but the tiles look very professional when the resin dries right. Maybe doing only a few at a time as they are ordered (smile) could work.

It took 50, 4 x 4 inch ceramic tiles to go around my door. I’m going to change the photos on the tiles above the micro wave to flowers instead of abstract tiles. They are up there with super glue so I’ll have to glue the photos to what’s up there, doubt they’d come down easily to be replaced, don’t think I’ll varnish them, too close to heat, I can just replace the photos if they get dirty.

I’ll have to include more images here, with the button to buy.

Yes, I’m thinking I could do this, I can make my own prints and make the tiles without much trouble, My new/old business.

With a new name.

GIGI RV Wall Tiles