Such a nice break in the weather yesterday, the warmer temps beckoned me outside. Great day to attend the Fat Goose Craft Fair, held in Grant hall at Queens university. That is "Purling J's Roving Yarn Co" red truck parked outside the door. Such a cool idea for a business...Roving J's truck is a walk in yarn shop! Did I tell you I am learning to knit socks? so excited about that! I'm already working on the toe of my first one! Hopefully by the time I knit the second one I'll be a little quicker.
It was a joy to have a gander around the craft fair and take in the incredibly beautiful, innovative work of many local craftspeople. I purchased several Christmas presents!
A great day too for outdoor jobs. Dave got up on the ladder, replacing an 8 foot roof flashing strip that blew off in the high winds last week. yay Dave! He also painted 2 adirondack chairs. oooh... time for me to get some jobs done too! I removed the pumpkins from the garden and winterized my roses.
Inside the delapidated old relic of a barn, I retrieved my stored easels. Did I tell you it's creepy in there? It is. I'm sure a million bats live there not to mention racoons and other critters of the shadows. It seemed a better place than the garage to store them when I first put them in there, but they were pretty filthy when I got them outside, covered in cobwebs and who knows what else. A broom, spray cleaner, long handled scrubber and I went to work. After a rinse and a stand to dry in the weak afternoon sunshine they are actually usable now.
Here is one of them put to use holding a painting currently in progress; one from the 'Ride' theme I began last year, which I know I'm not done with yet. In a way having a theme or an idea to work through is kind of comforting; it eliminates the dreaded "What will I paint?" question. And it's interesting for me to see how the paintings develop through a theme.
the rest of the easels are now in my studio storage, which should make them way easier to retrieve when I need them for the open house at Marga's on Dec. 7th. Here's the invite for that! You're invited!