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August 14 2010
Originals Only done!
It has taken me at least a week to get back on my blog. I needed some time to decompress. Summer is such a busy time and I hate to say it but I am about tired of it already. I usually get like this in August. I must be a true Canadian wouldn't you say? I am ready for fall and winter. Enough of this heat.

The Originals Only show in Comox went well despite setting up in the rain. The wind picked up moving my paintings and walls all "hither and dither" and I had to sit outside of my tent to stop myself from feeling motion sick. Then my paintings fell down off the wall, so I had to set them up on easels. The rain had stopped by late morning, luckily, so I didn't get soaked. (I am so glad I had my hair cut short!) I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout. Lots of people and their dogs perused the displays. We were a hearty bunch of artists, only 2 didn't show up, one showed up the next morning to set up and the other was just a no show. It was too bad; she missed a really good turnout of art lovers. Sunday was a much better day. I slathered myself with an SPF 50 to protect my sunburn from Saturday. Go figure, rain, cloud, wind and sunburn....Or was it windburn?? I sold lots of cards and two paintings. I talked to many people, some who may call me in the future for commission work.

I had a great idea for an abstract start on the first day. I set up a medium sized canvas and had people put their names creatively onto the canvas. I will take a look at it when the weather is not so nice and when I finally get closer to catching up with everything... (Is that possible?) Anyways, I will see what I can make out of it. I told the people who signed the canvas to keep an eye out on the site. So, to those people, I still plan on working on the painting.

I have decided that being creative does not stop once I step outside my studio. Today I was boiling up beets to freeze for winter and ended up with this beautiful red water. I was wearing my "painting lab coat" to protect my clothes from being stained. AHA! I had a great idea! Flashbacks of elementary school tie-dying in the 70s infiltrated my brain as I whipped off my jacket and got busy screwing up fabric and securing the bundles with elastic bands. What the heck? It's only my art shirt, complete with paint splatters. I decided that the red was too pink, so I boiled up some strong coffee to take some of the bright hue down a notch. Right now my paint shirt is in a bowl, covered with liquid under a plate which is weighed down with the kettle....you never know what you will find in my kitchen!


Posted by Cindy Mawle at 05:22

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Myra Rhodes said...
Hi Cindy, I was in comox when you had your display. I signed my name on a canvas and was just wondering if it turned into a paining. Myra. Aug 18, 2010 05:57
Anonymous said...
It hasnt turned into anything yet, when the weather gets colder and I head indoors I will take a good look and see what I can make out of it. Right now I am terribly busy catching up, show entries, commissions...etc.. its has all seemed to snowball! Thanks for your inquiry. Cindy Aug 19, 2010 08:36
Cindy Mawle said...
oops, I should not be anonymous! Aug 19, 2010 08:38