Monday, October 31, 2011

Studio Time - A Bad Day in the Studio

RedMarble, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
This weekend, I tried to do a few encaustic paintings in my studio. (Encaustics are, like what you see here, paintings made from beeswax and artist pigments.)

I even had a hard time getting into the studio. At first, I slept a lot and did not get much done. I had to get groceries (and you know, you just know how much I love doing that.) I had to go pickup some artwork at the gallery downtown. I had to do some other stuff. Eh, don't you just hate it when life gets in the way? Why do we have to do all of this "life" stuff when we clearly have other things to do, right?

Then, finally today I had some time and I was a really nice day outside so I decided to go into the studio and, you know, finally try to make some stuff. I tried, but I failed. I mean, sure I made some stuff. Technically, I made some stuff. But, is it stuff I want to look at ever again? Is it stuff I'm proud of? Is it stuff that will withstand the tests of time and trends? Not on your life.

I did one piece that was sort of minimal, which is what I wanted to do. A great success, right? Eh, looks too plain. Can't use it the way it is. It's only saving grace (and really this too is even a stretch) is that I might be able to put some kind of a "found object" into it and it might look...well...if I had just the *right* found object...truth be told, it might look kind of cool. But, finding that found object and putting it there? Eh, probably not going to happen. So much for that idea.

Then it was onto something else I wanted to try in the studio. An experiment of sorts! Oh, how I love those. At the end of it, I decided that I liked the experiment, it's totally something I want to do again, but I got frustrated. At one point, I got really frustrated, covered it entirely in wax and just started working it, almost angry like. Sadly enough, at this point, it almost started to look ok. I have to say this piece I might be able to save. If, you know, if I have some kind of a stroke of genius and suddenly figure out how to paint again overnight (or, you know, some such thing happens to me.) Maybe I get hit in the head with a lightening bolt of sorts. Yes, that always works and that's sure to fix it. (Wink wink.)

Encaustic painting can be so difficult. Why, oh why, can't I fall in love with acrylics? Something easy. Something that doesn't turn into worthless blobs of wax without the slightest of provocation. Why can't I do stuff like that instead? (Yeah, yeah, I know, "happy accident" and all...I just have to learn to love my mistakes...embrace the process, work the materials more, etc.)

Maybe my frustrations are born of the fact that I am progressing as an artist and so my work is ready to take a "giant leap forward?" Ha! Yeah, right. I'll believe that when I see it. I don't really buy into that theory at all, in fact, I think that's just crap artists say to each other when they want to make themselves feel better...feel better because, you know, because they had a bad day in the studio. A bad day in the studio...just like I had today. That's a whole lot of "meh" and it's got my name written all over it.

Bad day aside, tomorrow is another day and, if statistics hold, this means I'm going to hit a winning streak any day now. In fact, I'd have to say, I'm overdue for having a run of good luck in the studio so maybe that will happen next. You know, I could just get lucky. Hey, you laugh but that too could happen to me, couldn't it? Why can't I be lucky? Surely, luck has to shine my way at some point, I mean, crap, I haven't built up *that* much bad studio Karma, have I? (Gulp.)

In other news, it's almost time for NaBloPoMo. That's National Blog Posting Month. Look for that to start, along with all of the blog craziness, on the first of November.

Tomorrow too, I will be handing out candy to little kids, so look for lots of tweets, twitters, and maybe a Facebook posting or two about all of the hobgoblins in the 'hood. Who knows? I might even make a blog post about this? It beats me telling you how crappy I was painting earlier today, doesn't it? Doesn't it?

Nevermind, please don't answer that. I hope you have a great art-filled Halloween and a lot of fun on this the last day of October.

Until next time...

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Question for the Masses

Here's a question for you. What do the following people have in common?
  • Captain James Cook
  • Simon Le Bon
  • John Cleese
  • Erasmus
  • Nanette Fabray 
  • John Gotti 
  • Lee Greenwood
  • Scott Weiland 
  • Dylan Thomas 
  • Theodore Roosevelt 
  • Emily Post 
  • Marla Maples 
  • Matt Drudge
  • Sylvia Plath 
  • Kelly Osborne 
  • Roberto Benigni
  • Roy Lichtenstein 
  • Niccoli Paganini 
  • me 
Give up? Oh, come on, isn't it obvious? We were all born on October 27th.

Since it was my birthday this week, I have decided to take Friday off, rest up, and get ready for some upcoming activities. I have to tell you the AVAA opening last night was fun, I really enjoyed all of the artwork and it was quite packed, as AVAA shows always are, but I'm home today resting and enjoying myself. I'll try to resume some normal posting again next week, gearing up for the EAST activities and, of course, NaBloPoMo (did you forget?)

I thought I might like to post a birthday balloon in honor of my special day. I hope you have a great weekend, a happy Friday, and all.

Until next time...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Show News

Icebergs-2_0127, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
Just checking in to check up on some upcoming show news.

I'll have some work in the upcoming Austin Visual Arts Association's Fall Juried Show. The show will be at the Austin Art Space Gallery and Studio, 7739 Northcross Drive, Suite Q, Austin, Texas 78757. The show runs from October 27th - November 26th and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30 to 8:30. There will be live music from John Wagner and the show features the work of over 40 local artists. The gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays 11-6 pm. AVAA programs are supported by TCA and Austin Cultural Arts Division. There shows always have great fun openings and wonderful work across all media.

Also, this is the last week to catch PHOTO FINISH, the exciting show over at the REAL Gallery on Navasota. If you have not seen it yet, it's a great show. The hours and location for the REAL Gallery are Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs 2:30-5:30 pm and the artwork will come down on October 29th from 1pm - 2 pm. The gallery is located at: 1101 Navasota #3 Austin, Texas 78702. It is just around the corner from Austin's famed Victory Grill and very conveniently located right off of the Interstate (at 11th Street.)

The AVAA Fall Show will be up through the EAST festivities so you might want to check it out as part of EAST if you are in the area.

For other EAST shows, I'll have work included in the EAST invitational (called "Eastside") over at Studio 2 Gallery, inside Flatbed Press. I will also have work at Pigota Studios, which is located at Bay 7 and 8 inside of the EAST complex itself (it's next to Big Medium) as well as the cottage across the street. Look for my photographs at Studio 2 in Flatbed and my encaustic work over at Pigota Studios in the giant EAST-epicenter complex. I will also probably be giving demos or tours as part of EAST so, if you are in town I hope to see you out for the shows.

It's shaping up to be a great fall/show season here in Austin. Lot of exciting new artwork, galleries, and art-related events happening around town. I hope that, if you're in the area, you can get out and enjoy some of the fun.

Let the EAST preparations continue and the show openings commence!

Until next time...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Light the Night

RedGreenAbstract_5448, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
This past Saturday was the local Austin version of "Light the Night." This light the night walk is a charity walk to raise money for blood cancer charities. This year, I participated as a photographer, so I volunteered to take some pictures for the local crew.

It was wonderful weather, a little bit hot but a nice breeze and a very clear day. We had a great walk. Lots of folks turned out and there was great food and events for the kids. I had a great time photographing the event, in-between running around to galleries and such (I also had my gallery opening this Saturday.)

At the end of the events for Light the Night, there is a big walk around the lake over at the Mueller (old airport) site. It had started to grow dark and me there, of course without flash, well, what's a girl to do?

I opted to do a couple of things (look for a separate blog post on this later) but basically this is one of the panning "paint with light" shots that I did. I love these kind of shots because they are so expressive. I love how you can find things in them, like see people's faces or catch a glimpse of something but not really get a good, full view. It's sort of the "hints and allegations" style of photography that I love so much. Anyway, I did a bunch of these before heading off to my next event.

I thought that I would post one here for you today to enjoy. I hope you had a great weekend and got in lots of shooting too, no matter where your camera takes you.

Until next time...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

One Fine Day

On the road today. Headed to Mueller for walk then over to gallery for show. Will try to make some of the drink activities tonight as well. I'll try to pop in over by Bay 6 if I can get free.

Today's iPhone shot because it's such a nice day!

Until next time...

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, October 21, 2011

Red Leaf Diaries

NaturesCurls, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
It's that time of year again! It's time to start the Red Leaf Diaries.

What are the Red Leaf Diaries and how are they different from, say, the Green Leaf Diaries?

Well, that one's easy. The Red Leaf Diaries are more a state of mind than a place to be. They are more about the hunt, more about the journey than the destination. They are zen and the art of autumn meets...oh, why don't I just admit it? Austin really doesn't get a true, honest-to-God "autumn" anymore than I could be mistaken for Pamela Anderson. The Red Leaf Diaries are just an excuse for me to run around outside for my camera looking for a red leaf, any red leaf, or any other sign that there might possibly be autumn somewhere out there, somewhere out in the great yonder of a universe. Seriously, the Red Leaf Diaries are all about finding just one little red leaf, out in a sea other otherwise autumn-less void.

So, this year, I've decided to start-up the hunt yet again. My travels today took me out in central Austin, out very near the 360 bridge, in the natural area I enjoy almost entirely by myself. Yes, it's true. There's a lot of nature to be found in the middle of River City and, sometimes, if you get lucky, people don't even clutter up that special spot. Today, I was just so lucky. I went for a walk in the woods.

Now, it's not quite autumn yet here, but the signs have started to come. It's a little bit more "autumn-like" than, say, the middle of summer, that's for certain. And the weather is nice. It's not so hot. The light was a bit bright, the weather man has lied to us again, telling us how "clouds were moving in." Yeah right. I don't believe you, Mr. Weatherman, you're lying so much your pants should be on fire! Even so, getting out for a walk in the woods was kind of fun on a nice day and all. I got to shoot some macro lens work with the baby Mark camera.

I am starting to really love that camera. Is loving a camera even allowed? Am I to be arrested for this or some such thing? At the risk of all that, I have to admit, I freaking love that thing. It's like the best camera my hands have ever felt. It's like butter in your hands only not as gooey. It's like....well, it's like a cold beer on a hot summer's day. Yeah, it's that good. It's all that and a bag of chips, as they say these days. I seriously love that thing.

In other, more boring news, tomorrow brings two photo shoots, a charity thing, a show opening and I have to drop off some work at another gallery. Busy day and it only gets worse. No more red leaf hunting, no more glorious baby Mark for me. I'm going to be stuck running around like a funky chicken stuffed into crosstown traffic. Wish me luck with that.

I'll be at the opening over at the REAL Gallery tomorrow evening, there for the show PHOTO FINISH. I hope to meet you there if you happen to be in Austin and can make it out for the show.

I hope to have a more quiet day on Sunday, maybe even sneaking in a studio day. Might be my last for a while too, as the big East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) events are starting to happen. Tomorrow night there is some kind of an EAST launch party/catalog release party and there's also an event happening over at Bay 6. I might make it out that way if I can, don't know yet on account of all that's going on and all that I need to do.

Meanwhile, the leaves slowly turn from green to red. Do you think anybody else will notice? Do you think anybody else will care? (I hope the Red Leaf Diaries at least make you think about it, you know, think about it a little bit.)

Until next time...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Studio Time and a Big Weekend of STUFF

Cafe On the Corner, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
While I'm not usually one to hide in my studio and not come up except for some green tea and the occasional "pet the dog" break, this weekend I did just that. Well, not *all* weekend, maybe just yesterday. Allow me to explain.

On Saturday, I had one of the planning meetings for the upcoming East Austin Studio Tour shows (I'm going to be in two shows, at once. Yes, it's a trick even I have to struggle to pull off sometimes.) I met with the encaustic arts group at the new studio space in Austin and we discussed details of the upcoming show. I got more paperwork to fill out which, if you read this space from time to time, you know how much I just *love* to fill out paperwork, I mean, I just like LIVE for model releases. Anyway, back to my I met with the wax folks and we talked about EAST and pricing for EAST and hanging for EAST and stuff like that. And I checked out the spiffy new studio, which I think is already fully rented but something I might want to do in the future, if I ever get off my duff and decide to get a "real" spot where I can blowtorch freely away (you know, that sort of a deal. Stand back! I've got a big blowtorch, I know how to use it and I'm going to splatter some paint all around the joint! Sounds like a battle cry to me, right? Bring on the studio space, I say!)

After the big wax meeting, I had to go downtown to drop off some work at the exciting new REAL Gallery. I'll be in a show there called "Photo Finish" that's coming up. The opening is on October 22nd from 6-9 pm and I'll have four pieces in the show. I dropped off the work and checked out the gallery before heading out with KathyV to checkout a restaurant I've been meaning to checkout for a while now. The restaurant is called "North" and it's in the Domain which is, well, in the north part of Austin (yes, I know, it's a bit redundant to call a restaurant "North" when it's already in the "north" but, hey, I don't name these things and the pasta was really good, ok? Like, what's a girl to do?) I had heard that this place North was really good and Kathy said she had been meaning to try it so we ate there, chatted, caught up on things, and had some really great pasta which, I have to admit, is my biggest weakness. I just love pasta, really I do, and this stuff was so yummy. Maybe because I had not eaten much or maybe because it just was fabulous pasta but I had a really great dinner before "weekend on steroids" (aka my BIG Weekend of STUFF) continued.

Then, yesterday, I locked myself in studio and did two small encaustic pieces, both of which will probably end up in the EAST show. My air conditioner's flaking out again so, as it started to get hot in the afternoon, I decided it would be a good time to take a nap and so that's just what I did. When I awoke from my nap, I got word that one of my pieces has been accepted into the hot new AVAA Fall Show over at Austin Art Space galleries. The Austin Visual Arts Association, or AVAA as they are usually called, are folks who really know how to throw a PARTY! Their openings are really quite well-attended and fun, fun, fun to go to. I always enjoy them. Austin Art Space is another group who also know how to throw a great party so, I'm thinking, these two great party people have come together to create something new and exciting and, oh dear this shindig is going to be a blast. If that isn't enough excitement, the entire event unravels on October 27th which, as I check the calendar, also happens to be my birthday. Oh, my! It's going to be a big Carol birthday party disguised as an art opening, hosted by two of the greatest party people in the universe. I can hardly wait. Woo hoo! Bring on the wine and cheese and let me start swinging from the chandelier already, I'm *so* looking forward to this. After all that I do, I really need to let loose and enjoy a festive night of drinking and partying once in a while.

Ok, enough about the party hardy that's about to happen and back to my weekend news.

Actually, I got out a lot this weekend for somebody who locked herself in the studio. I got out a lot, had some nice food, tried a new restaurant, checked out a new gallery, found out about the AVAA show, went to the wax meeting, oh, and I locked myself in the studio to complete two new small paintings. Phew! So glad this "weekend" thing is over so I can now get some rest.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Eastside invitations, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
Here's a "sneak peak" at the invitations for the upcoming "Eastside" show. I'll be one of the featured artists over at the spiffy new Studio 2 Gallery, now located inside Austin's own Flatbed Press facility.

This year's EAST tour promises to be even bigger and better than last years. I'm slated to attend another "planning meeting" (read: "social gathering"  "happy hour") this Saturday to finalize the details on the encaustic show that's also slated to be part of EAST. Not sure yet about work yet for that, but I'll probably know more after the planning sessions are over. (Watch this space for details as they emerge and please plan on attending EAST if you are going to be in the Austin area for the tours.)

Until next time...

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Top 10 List-Iceland

Iceberg_2924, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
I know it's even been a few weeks now but I'm officially back from my trip and I thought it high time I do my top 10 list so, without further ado, here goes.

These are the top 10 things I've learned about Iceland:

10. Icelandic is really very hard to speak. I kept trying to latch onto some Latin root-like words and coming up short. Even after spending some time there and hearing the language for a bit, I honestly do not think I could even mumble out a word or two. For most of my travels, I try to at least make an attempt at "the big 12" words everybody should know. For Iceland? I gave up after trying to say "thank you" even just once. What's that you say you speak no Icelandic either? Fear not! For most people in the country speak both Icelandic and English and are surprisingly fluent in both languages. Oh, and, in case you're stumped and really, really want to get a word in, congrats! If you are reading this and you speak English, you already know one word in Icelandic. The English word geyser comes from the Icelandic word geysir and it means, well, just what you think it does.
9. Iceland is home to Europe's only desert. There's also black sand, glaciers and more waterfalls than people there. At one point in my travels, we went to the place where the desert meets the sea meets the glacier meets the volcano. It's like a giant melting pot of planet earth's major climate and geographic regions all rolled into one. Nature's playground, really that place is.
8. Eyjafjallajokull was abbreviated E15 by the US armed forces on account of the fact that there are 15 letters after the E and nobody could pronounce it (see #10 above.) Yes, it's the volcanic eruption that covered much of northern Europe in ash and yes, it did originate in Iceland. They still sell t-shirts in Iceland that read things like: "Eyjafjallajokull it's so easy to say!" and my favorite: "Eyjafjallajokull-Kiss My Ash!" I did actually go and visit E15 but it was notoriously quiet during my stay there, preferring not to erupt but, instead, to just sort of sit around and look pretty (yes, of course, pictures to follow.)
7. Iceland is perhaps the most expensive country to visit in Europe right now. While I was there, we jokingly referred to it as "The Money Pit" because everything was way more expensive then you might believe. I also overheard several other tourists refer to it as, "The New Switzerland." Iceland uses it's own currency, called the Icelandic Krona (not to be confused with Kronas from other places.) To covert currency, I found it easiest to drop two 0's (decimal points) and this "quick/dirty conversion" got you into the ballpark (for example, something costing 2500 Iceland Krona would be about $25 in US dollars. Of course, given that it's also "The Money Pit" something that would be $25 in US dollars would probably also be something akin to a cup of coffee or perhaps half a t-shirt but only if you shop around and really hit up those sale racks.)
6. The capital city of Iceland is Reykjavik. Reykjavik is a wonderful city, very clean, modern, easy to get around. It's where Regan and Gorbachev ended the cold war and it's also about a 5 hour flight from New York City. You can get a direct flight to Reykjavik from cities like New York, Washington, Charlotte, Minneapolis, and Chicago. Most of the population in Iceland is located in and around Reykjavik. Iceland has about 200,000 in Reykjavik with about 350,000 people total so, once you get outside of Reykjavik, people really disappear (waterfalls, however, become more plentiful.)
5. Iceland is very cosmopolitan. You can meet people from Japan, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, etc. there. Most of the tourists come from either the US or the UK. I would not recommend you try to teach a Japanese pack of tourists how to use a fork, however, as this just won't work very well. (Please don't ask me how I know.)
4. Reykjavik is not cold. Because of the jet stream, it stays around 50 degrees in the summertime. It does get dark and it does rain a lot there and, I was told, it's windy. I was told the winters are long and windy. Because it's so far north, in the summertime, the days are about 16 hours (or more!) long and, likewise, in the wintertime, the nights are, well, 16 hours (or more!) long. Plan accordingly (enjoy sunsets at midnight. A photographer's dream!)
3. They have little colored houses there, same as in Norway. While visiting, I was told that some of the lumber used to build the houses in Iceland floated down from Russia. The logging and transportation (shipping) in Russia would sometimes have "mishaps" and so the logs would fall into the sea in the north, only to float on over to Iceland, where the locals would pick them up, saw off the outsides (on account of the water) and then use the "core" of the Russian lumber to build things like houses. Houses with colored rooftops, like those found in Norway.
2. While you can eat puffin, whale, horse, and lamb in Iceland, most local dishes involve fish of some kind. Halibut is very popular but you can also get monk fish, sea bass, and several other variety of fish dishes. Living so far from the ocean, in Austin, we don't really have great access to fresh fish. Being an island and having a lot of whaling, fishing, boating, etc. Iceland has great access to fresh fish. Because of this, I ate almost nothing but fish on my trip (and loved it! Oh, more fish, please!) Every fish dish was unique but I really did not have a bad plate of food on my trip.
1. They have icebergs in Iceland, like the one you see here. There are places where ice washes up on the shore and there are these sort of "floating" icebergs out in some of the lagoons. The colors in the icebergs come from a variety of sources: black lines are formed by sediment, blue stripes or areas are formed when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with meltwater and then quickly freezes. Some of the icebergs looked a lot like candy to me and I even photographed one that, I swear, very closely resembled Daffy Duck. The icebergs of Iceland are quite beautiful and I would recommend that you go and see them if you happen to get the chance.

Some runners up:
  • I was told that most Icelandic people believe in trolls. I did not ask any Icelandic people if they saw trolls and, I have to admit, I did not see any trolls while I was there, however, I did see some areas that really looked like they could make excellent homes for trolls. Must of Iceland is covered in a sort of bright green mossy type stuff that looks very "troll home like" if you tend to believe in these sorts of things.
  • Perhaps, coincidentally (or not) most Icelandic people are very well educated. Students attend school until the age of 20, learn to speak both Icelandic and English fluently and, upon graduation, have the equivalent of a two year college degree (in the 'States.) (No word on weather or not the trolls go to school. Also no word on weather or not John Cryer has been to Iceland, although I did actually see Viggo Mortensen on my trip-he was staying at my hotel and came by to chat with us while I was there.) 
  • They have a beautiful opera house/performing arts center in downtown Reykjavik. They also have a lot of sculpture, especially out in public places. While I saw a lot of artwork there, not a lot of it was in the form of painting. Most of the artwork was glass, textiles, and sculpture, as well as general "design" type of work. 
  • Icelandic wool is very lovely. The sheep are different from the mainland areas and make for interesting wool, not to mention they dot the countryside and seem to appear almost wherever you roam. The horses in Iceland are different too-they are smaller and of a different scale that what you are used to seeing in a horse-I was told that this is because they are "original" horses and haven't changed much over time by breeding habits and the like. 
  • The Icelandic ring road is worth driving. It's the road that goes around the island and it's really quite something, with breathtaking views around almost every bend.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

Flower1963, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011 RIP

Today the tech world, the art world, the music world, the business industry, and the entertainment fields mourn the passing of Steve Jobs, the creative icon who made such an impact on each of them in so many unique ways.

Steve Jobs will be missed by so many people that today we take a moment out to remember his legacy.

Until next time...

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

You Have a Future In....Wax?

Deep River, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
Today's upload is destined to be covered in wax.

While in Iceland, visiting an area I came to call "Satan's Paintbrush" (more on this later) I shot some of these natural abstracts. The earth in that area has strange colors and I wanted to work with the palette there, to make these sort of swaths of color, which I could then later dip in the wax. It's hard to get these colors sometimes in wax so I sometimes work in photography, get deep dark rich colors like the palette you see here and then add copious amounts of wax as a top coat.

I haven't decided if I'm going to do that to this piece or if I'm going to print in on translucent paper and sort of "float" it in the wax just yet. Either one of those though, will give me an option for bringing these colors, this rich earthy color palette over to the wax world.

Once you start working in wax, working with the encaustics, you tend to see everything as having a future in wax. Everything, every little thing in the entire man-made universe, you look at it and think, "oh gosh, I *so* could dip that in wax." It's pretty crazy and I think it leaves you with a skewed view of the world but now I have that, don't I? I've even started to look at nature in different ways. Instead of "oh how pretty!" I'm walking around thinking, "ok, now what could I dip in the wax?"

Wax works. No really wax WORKS. It makes stuff look cool. It preserves stuff. It brings entire new life into old things and, heck, you can even "float" some new things (some things like photos) in the wax to make super cool new stuff. It works and it's fun to work with the wax in new ways. Sometimes frustrating, yes, but sometimes really very fun.

I have grown to covet the blow torch and curse (but love) the heat gun. Seriously, I have. Honestly, I love working in wax. Now that it's not so hot and the fire dangers are (maybe a little?) less present, I'm hoping I'll be able to get out into the studio again to have some additional play time because, well, because over the course of the summer, over my trip to Iceland and in the course of my travels, I've got a big pile of stuff that would *so* look good in wax.

Now that it's autumn, I need more studio time, don't you think? And I hope to get some, over the course of the coming weeks. I'm gearing up to spend a lot of the winter months in studio, doing little more than playing with wax. I'm looking forward to that. I want to go out there and just play, play, play with wax.

So, the next time you see this it's probably going to be mixed with wax (somehow) and I'll be sure to post the results, once I'm finished, to the blog so you can share in my wax delights.

Until next time...