V is for… VIOLETS & VILE Avon Ladies

April 25, 2014 - One Response
Silent Miss Violet, Sept. 2011 and today, she refuses to be silent.

Silent Miss Violet, Sept. 2011 and today, she refuses to be silent.

V is for VIOLETS and VILE Avon Ladies

Long story short:  I got ripped off by an Avon lady.

Yes, I ordered a $6.00 KISS (described as “juicy blackberry and passionate violet wrapped in sensual magnolia”) and a $20.00 Flor Violeta Eau de Parfum along with an 89 cent hand cream way back in February and all I got for my money was excuses and stories about delays and other lies.  Last I saw that Avon lady, she breezed past me with a new hairdo so fast I wasn’t sure it was her until a moment later when I heard her voice raised to a screaming pitch in an argument with someone around the corner.  Who knows, maybe she ripped them off, too.  I think she should be arrested for Theft by Deception, if there is such a crime.  But odds are, it is a small claims matter and not worth the filing fees to pursue.

I just wanted to smell like violets, or a blended scent with violet,  as I am getting older and my signature scent for the last decade or so does not quite suit me anymore.

So, new art for today?

Nah… I’m going to pull some violet favorites from my media library.  All are drawings that posted here before, but have been fading like old violets.

Originally posted January 23, 2012

Originally posted January 23, 2012

Fallen Star, Nov. 2011 “for I am your star on a cloudless night,  then I’ll fold my dress of shimmering light,  and fly away.”   Quote is the last stanza of the poem Fallen Star.  Copyright © 1977, 1999, 2011 Nancy Barnes

Fallen Star, Nov. 2011
“for I am your star on a cloudless night,
then I’ll fold my dress of shimmering light,
and fly away.”
Quote is the last stanza of the poem Fallen Star. Copyright © 1977, 1999, 2011 Nancy Barnes

 

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U is for… UNUSUAL

April 24, 2014 - 7 Responses

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U is for UNUSUAL
as in try something new
It doesn’t have to be unique
if it is something you usually don’t do.

So, what is so unusual about this edge of night scene?

It is a colored pencil drawing and it is not on paper.
It is on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch thin slice of Sassafras
with the colors rubbed into the wood grain
with a little bit of virgin coconut oil.

Is that “allowed”?  I don’t know… are there rules?

I am kind of curious to see what happens.
Will it darken or lighten over time?
Will the oil go bad?
Will it mold?

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T is for… TINY

April 23, 2014 - Leave a Response

 

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T is for TINY
A trio of tiny art.
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Note: I originally posted this picture on Barnbees, my other WordPress blog, in May 2013. Maybe T should be for TIME as it seems I’ve been shy on time a lot lately.  Thank you for viewing!

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S is for… SHIFT

April 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

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S is for SHIFT
As in slight color shifts
from eyes to scanners,
computer screens
or printed out again.
To quote or misquote Moody Blues:
“But we decide which is right and which is an illusion.”

Color shift is a problem when someone asks for art with the intention of having it printed. My scanner is an HP that scanned art fine until I upgraded my computer to an HP with Windows 8. The print drivers for my old (not THAT old, couple years) printer to work with Windows 8 over simplified my options to adjust the settings. Now it sucks rotten grapes when it comes to scanning colored pencil drawings, totally ignores some yellows and blues, and generally skims the surface. My drawings are usually made by layering color upon color creating an optical illusion of blending with wax-free colored pencils. It does not scan as “deep” as I want it to. But which is real, and which is an illusion?

Alas, I cannot give the person who requested art an electronic file although I created one to show the danger of color shifting. Monitors, and most photo software for computers, use RGB colors and commercial printing presses use CYMK. All I can do is suggest taking it somewhere to have it scanned right so it can be used as desired. Sigh.

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Photo is a cell phone snap of original art laid over printed image of the same drawing.

R is for… RED

April 21, 2014 - Leave a Response

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R is for RED or REDS
As there is not just one.
Though some hint of brown or purple
And Scarlet Red looks orange to me.
Oh for the days of simplicity,
Eight crayons lined up in a box,
And red was red, just red
Bright, bold, primary red.

I had full intentions of drawing today,
Something red or reds.

I’m slacking off, getting lost.

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Q is for… QUICK

April 19, 2014 - 4 Responses

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QUICK!

Grab a pencil,
no time to sharpen.
Find paper.
That homemade note pad will do.
HURRY!
You got 30 seconds,
minute tops.
Draw something,
no time for details.
It is just a quick sketch.
DONE!
okay, grab your cell
snap a photo.
Crop?
Don’t even think about it.
Menu. Share. WordPress. Upload.

Why?
Q is for QUICK!

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P is for… PENCIL SHARPENERS

April 18, 2014 - Leave a Response

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P is for PENCIL SHARPENERS
This Ranger is mine,
Though when pencils get short
The little German works fine.

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