Yes, I know these are beer commercials. But for some reason, they make me happy. Heinecken isn't my favorite beer, but I do love their commercials.
The music is The Golden Age by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. ( While I might not have any Heinecken, I do have the song.)
The main character reminds me of Eric Balfour. (click to enlarge the photo)
I like this one, too.
Yeah, I know. But, I am totally okay with that.
Main Entry: beginning
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: origin, cause
Synonyms: antecedent, birth, conception, egg, embryo, font,fount, fountain, fountainhead, generation, genesis,germ, heart, principle, resource, root, seed, stem, well
There isn't really anyway to backtrack through my extended absence; I wouldn't even know where to starts. Besides, really, I don't wish to do that anyway. So, I thought I'd consider this a new beginning of sorts. I popped onto the online thesaurus to see what alternative words might be lurking there for the word "beginning". I was so taken with the synonym list that I couldn't really choose the right word to express myself, so I'm simply sharing the list with you. My favorites are in green.
My home art studio is moving into a spare bedroom on the second floor. The very-early-in-the-morning and very-late-at-night truck traffic noise on the busy road that runs in front of our house was disturbing my middle little's sleep night after night, so we moved her up into a room on our third floor. Freshly painted, cheerfully decorated, and most importantly, not located at the front of our home, Miss M has settled into her "new" bedroom nicely. The room she vacated was going to be either a family room or a man cave. But, the floor needed serious refinishing, which is a messy task that neither Joe or I have wanted to take on this winter. So, the room has sat empty since October.
My space in the basement was fine, and proof of this, is that whenever I am working down there, my family comes down to hang out. Many times, all five humans and both dogs are all in my basement space, keeping me company. Running a small oil heater to warm a little space in the basement for my littlest little and I is one thing, but trying to warm a space large enough to warm my whole family in these cold winter months was a bit daunting going to be expensive. So, instead, I am going to create a studio space in the empty bedroom where I can work and my family can hang out. This is seriously a use-what-I-already-have project as there is no money in our budget!
I do have some hopes for the room, though. I don't want the room to be stuffed to the gills. A jam-packed room plays havoc with my ADHD- I'm not good with excess visual "noise." I have ample storage in the basement for materials, tools, and supplies (mainly teaching supplies and fabric) that I need, but don't use regularly. I still need to decide how I will store the supplies and materials I use often. Because of how my brain functions, I'm an out-of-sight = out-of-mind person, so I need my storage to work around that concern without being messy and cluttered. My Thinking Cap is on!
I'm using furniture I already have, but I am being choosey. I want to maximize my storage and to have that storage be visually appealing. I want to create a seating area on the dimmer side of the room, with my drawing/painting space on the side with the most natural light. I think I'll place my vintage Magnavox cabinet stereo right beneath that window. I am also going to use a large maple classroom cabinet/shelf/cupboard that I purchased years ago at an auction. Right now, it lives in the oldest little's room, and he's ready for that behemoth to be relocated. So far, other than my easel and tractor-seat stool, and rugs I'll pull from elsewhere to put on the floor, I haven't completely decided on anything else. I want to really think this space through, so the room will work the way I am hoping.
I have a little scale diagram in my journal, along with little cut-outs that are scaled to various pieces of furniture I could use. I've been playing with them to see what might work out where. It's been helpful, but some of what I need to consider involves more of a sense of volume, of 3-D, than what the paper shows. I think I am going to draw the actual footprint of various pieces directly onto the floor with chalk. I certainly don't want to move furniture up two flights of stairs only to have to carry it back down!
These photos show where the room is as of right now. The walls previously were a light, but really intense, blue. The light that comes in that window is fairly cool/blue in color, making the blue was even bluer. The resulting ultra-cool light in the room didn't really work for me, so I repainted the walls with an assortment of leftover white paint we had in the basement. (The paint was from various painting projects from four different houses over the past seventeen years! Yes, the whites were all different tints, but it worked out okay.)
Tomorrow, I'll start moving furniture into the room. One of my nephews is going to come over at noon to lend a hand, which will please Joe to no end. He hates moving furniture. And, of course, I want to move a sofa up there.... the one I dropped on my hand last spring, breaking my thumb and two fingers. I'm quite glad to have some help!
I just completed a journal page inspired by the Shinedown song - The Crow & The Butterfly. (lyrics can be found here)
The background is acrylics. I turned the journal on it's side and put the colors of Golden Fluid Acrylics along the binding and sprayed it with water and let them run down. Once dry I wrote the lyrics with a white pen. The crow I drew and cut out of black paper and glued on. The butterfly is a rubber stamp (that I recently got out of the $1 bin at Michaels-pretty nice, huh?). The title I printed on ledger paper and cut out (ledger paper is sort of a unifying theme in this journal. It's along the bound edge of all pages and used somewhere in most of the pages). The dandelion at the top I painted over the top with golden acrylics. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love the bright colors in the background, and the white writing, and the bird, and well, I guess I like it all! I enjoy the song too...I'm sure you can find it on YouTube if you want to give a listen.
Here's some tags I created in the past using song lyrics for inspiration:
Think about some of your favorite songs or lyrics, look up the lyrics online if you aren't sure of what all they say. What does it make you think about? How can you use that as inpiration for an art project?
It's alot of fun to think about!
What else inspires you? I'm always interested to hear about inspiration...