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July Week 2

This weeks prompts are: Rainbows of Summer and Summer Bounty

We’re in the thick of summer weather here in NC. The air is literally thick with humidity and those summer thunderstorms have been rolling in every afternoon like clockwork. It’s my favorite time of year and I love walking into the back yard to check on my lush garden. Only problem is that the garden didn’t make it this year. Between the dogs (OK, just Beamer) and the deer I have two lone tomato plants that didn’t bloom and a very scraggly oregano plant. We won’t even talk about the sunflowers, peonies, dahlias and cone flowers. It’s a great lesson about the dissonance between our dreams and our reality. I’ll save that for another blog post.

Basically I’ve had to outsource my summer bounty this year. As you see from the pictures, it turned out well in the end. The sunflower field near downtown continues to inspire me.

J and I took LOTS of photos on our most recent visit. I’ve been playing around with the iPad for my sunflower paintings. I also used my art journal to get out some of the angst about the backyard garden that wasn’t. You’ll see that I used the leaks from my old paint pens to help get out some of those feelings.

Garden – 2!

What’s your favorite paint pen? Do you have the same love/hate relationship with your white paint pens that I do?

If someone says they found a white that goes on over lots of layers, I’m in! Usually I’m happy with it for the first day, then it leaks, makes big splotches or dries up and leaves that “snails trail” with flecks of white the rest of the time. I don’t know about you, but I’m not into buying an art supply that lasts one day. So many things wrong with that….environment, landfills, money…shall I continue?

You’ll be happy to hear that I may have found the ultimate white paint pen. It’s the One4All by Molotow. So far it’s clog free and has been able to go over anything from layered acrylics, inks, and even coffee stained book pages that have resisted most other pens.

I’ve been happy with how opaque it is. I’ll keep you posted, but it’s quickly become my “go to” pen when I’m ready to write or add anything white on top of my journal backgrounds. I’ve been partial to the 2 mm size, but expect that I’ll get a variety of sizes when I can.

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