Ah, vacation time! I travelled to Florida in the
middle of February to visit my BFF for a long weekend.
It was good timing because the weather in the Midwest has been crazy
cold and I was beginning to forget what the warmth of the sun felt like. My BFF had lots of art projects planned
for us and I will write about them in a later post. We also spent time outside and I was thrilled to be experiencing sunshine again.
One of the places we visited during my stay was
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables. I used to go there with my family as a child, but I had not
been there in decades.
Fairchild Gardens is a very beautiful, colorful, and inspiring place, especially to someone who has been bundled up for months looking only at the colors “white snow” and “dirty snow.”
I am very happy that I got to spend
time with my BFF and her family (her husband, kids and grandkids). I soaked up the warm weather, exercised
my creativity, drank, laughed, and had awesome conversations. We also cried a little together which
is exactly what best friends are for.
I made a new friend at Fairchild Gardens.
She just wouldn't stop talking!
I hope you get to spend time with your best friend soon.
Every few months I get together
with an art group that I joined through Meetup called the Art Junkies. I first wrote about them in this post. We got together again
recently and created a collage on a wooden board. The group leader suggested we use old-fashioned photos of
women and she had an ample supply printed out for us from which to choose (photos that were free of
licensing restrictions, of course).
I decided to do my collage using photos from my summer trip to Paris.
The technique that I used on this
project that I had never done before was “colorizing” the black and white
photos.It turns out to be easy to
do using acrylic paint that has been mixed with a generous amount of liquid
matte medium.I colorized the
photo of me with my sister and my BFF.The most difficult part was painting my sister’s lips red, which had to
be done because she always wears lipstick.
It's hard to see, but our cheeks are all rosy.
It was a fun project.I always like to see how each person’s
work differs from the others.Being a part of this group exposes me to new techniques, new ideas, and
some very nice women. An Art Junkie is the best kind of junkie to be!