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Thank You, Old Friend

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Time to say good-bye to an old friend. I've had this palette knife for a very long time... at least 15 years, probably closer to 20. This knife has spread paint, texture mediums, clays, and probably some cake frosting at one time or another. I know. I know. 

I sensed it was getting a bit brittle in it's old age. Last week, the tip broked off, and I kept using it to smear clay. Last night, the whole blade broke off. I was a little heartbroken. It was perfect, know what I mean? Not too stiff. Not too pliable. It knew that sweet spot for getting the textures just right. It could handle my rough and messy style, but had a light enough touch to add a reflection in an angel's eye. 

I ordered a whole new set today. I imagine I will choose a favorite and never touch the others. But, will it be an extension of my hand? Will it last through two decades? I hope so. All the same, I think rather than "good-bye", I shall retire this palette knife to the world of being art itself…

Ashes, Wood, and Roses Palette

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Well this was fun! LOL! Don't ask me why I did it. I was looking for a collage maker and this color palette maker showed up. I was intrigued. I think I have a new favorite hobby while waiting for clay to dry. LOL! I'll make some more as I put various collections together. Of course these clover and clay pieces are much more natural toned and muted than my other artwork, but I LOVE the softness. I could definitely spend time in an environment of these colors. Maybe someone else will find inspiration as well.

Mike picked up 12 new canvases for me today. Some small for collections.... Some large for landscapes! I can't wait to get messy!!!

Off To A Good Start!

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It's been a crazy weekend full of setting up the new website, along with all of the social media pages, etc.  The clay pieces I started last week should be all dry and ready to work on tomorrow. And I ordered a bunch more canvases to pick up tomorrow as well. I can't wait to dive in and get my hands messy!