Friday, September 8, 2017

Stuff


Prince Charming  / Oil w-palette knife  /  6X6    Sold

This painting is a few years old, and was done after I attended a palette knife workshop taught by California artist Leslie Saeta.

If you're interested, you can learn more about the workshop by clicking here.

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We're still packing.  The art supplies are in boxes, but I don't want to tape the boxes closed yet.

We are meeting with a contractor today to talk about making some minor upgrades in the new house.  We are downsizing by more than 1000 square feet.   Part of me is getting nervous because I think we are downsizing too much, but my husband disagrees.

For example, I doubt that our couch will fit in the tiny living room at the new place.   My husband says we'll just buy a new couch.  I like that solution!

There is no studio space.  Tim says we'll build something in the backyard.  Okay.

Our "stuff" has been in storage so long, I can't even remember what we have.  What does that tell us, Tim asks.  I can't argue with him.

It tells us that we have too much stuff.

Stuff

We have decided to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle (except for art supplies, of course),  and to concentrate on appreciating more meaningful stuff instead of great quantities of stuff.

After we move, I'll post pics of our old house (I miss you) and our new house.

I think I'm looking forward to this adventure.

I'll let you know.



52 comments:

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  2. now it's going to go into the new house and what goes with what is not .. a really adventure!
    I am looking forward to the photos of the old and new house!
    the frog is very beautiful!

    All the best
    hugs Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke!! It will be interesting.
      Hugs back to you!

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  3. this little froggie looks super cute Chris! I am sure you will optimally utilize space in your new house! All the best :)

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  4. Hi, Chris! The frog made me smile! I like him! Don't worry about the new house. Everything will be great! There are so many cool ways to have spaces do double duty. Tim sounds like he knows what he's doing:) Have fun on this adventure!

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    1. Thanks, Candy.
      You make me feel better!

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  5. Love this frog, Chris....A frog with an attitude!!!! lol Best of luck with your new home..
    its going to be wonderful....photos as soon as possible please!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Hilda.
      The house won't be ours till the end of the month. I'll take lots of photos.

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  6. I've been consumed with work and family and missed that you got a house!!!! I'm so happy for you and Tim!! And love the frog. And stuff is simply stuff. We all seem to have way too much of it. Lovely opportunity to choose only what you really love. xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Kali!
      Yes, we found the house on the other side of the river. It is the size of a postage stamp, but we will work with it!

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  7. Hello Chris,
    Nice paint of 'Kermit'. He lokks so funny.
    Very well done.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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  8. Thank you for your blog visit!!!Love this painting!!

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  9. Love this handsome frog prince! Best of luck with the moving and new place.

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  10. Keep your chin up, Chris! Downsizing feels terrible at the moment but then you will be happy to have less "stuff"! Good luck with everything!

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  11. Love the painting and the title! I know what you mean about stuff....

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    1. Thanks, Pat. Yes, stuff... What more can you say about it?

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  12. Minimalist yesssss - EXCEPT for art supplies because, you know, lol . . . I LOVE this little guy! The fact that you did it with all palette knives is just amazing! xo

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    1. Thank you, Kristin.
      And I've seen you whip around your journal pages with your palette knife on your videos. You are amazing!

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  13. hopefully not too stressful getting everything done and dusted for the move. I guess if you didn't build an art studio, you could buy one of those ready made sheds, some of them ae pretty nice. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Yes, we looked at a couple of the sheds at our local building supply center. They ARE pretty nice!

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    2. nice and less stress from building one :)

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  14. great idea ;O))less is more, and gives more space for crafts lol lol and WAUE i do love your frog..totally

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    1. Thanks, Dorte.
      Hoping to have lots of room for arts and crafts!

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  15. Sounds like my story :-) Last year I moved to a house half as big as the one I lived in before before, so there's a lot of stuff in storage, but I have never been happier. I hope you will be too ! LOVE your frog and the texture of the palette knife makes this a real WOW piece !

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    1. Thank you for telling me that, Jane. That is very encouraging!!
      And thank you for the compliment on the frog. He was lots of fun to paint.

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  16. It is a great to embrace this outlook and especially if you don't need to downsize your art supplies!
    Beautiful "Prince", he looks like he is waiting to be kissed. I am a big fan of Leslie Saeta's radio show, how fun it must be to take her workshops.

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    1. Thank you, Celia!
      And yes, Leslie Saeta's workshop was great. She is a very good teacher and a very, very nice person.

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  17. Ah such a cute painting Chris. Smiling about that stuff...I have some too that is not needed. I am sure your adventure is going to be wonderful. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Appreciate the good thoughts.

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  18. What a fine painting, striking in every way. Wish you all the best with everything!

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  19. Hi Chris, can't wait to see your new home! Marvelous work with this small painting! Hugs

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  20. Thanks, Helen.
    The new house is very small, but we are looking forward to the challenge. I will post pics. Will get the keys on the 1st of the month.

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  21. Palette knife suits you. This is a lovely painting, very sensitive in tones. He looks velvety.

    Moving will be a wonderful adventure! It is hard but think of all the new possibilities. (- a bonus to downsizing is that there is much less cleaning to do which means much more time for the good stuff like painting!) Onwards and upwards for an exciting new chapter, best wishes.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I'll remember that.

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  22. Did I tell you that I love your frog? His sparkling eyes and his mimik.
    Obviously you can paint with a pallet knive as good as with brushes.
    I followed your link and liked to see all the photoes and text you wrote
    to that workshop (and nice to see you there ;)
    And: The wolf didn't catch me - I just need some time to answer :)
    Hugs Beo

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    1. Haha! I'm glad you were safe from that wolf!
      Thanks, Beo!
      Hugs back.

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  23. And yes: Stuff! I know what you mean....

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  24. He is so fantastic your frog-PrinceCharming ... and I have also looked at your workshop post of course! So many artists are at work there, but you are simply a natural talent! I've never tried this technique,
    ... and I wonder, that you still have time to blog, in the middle of the move!
    All the best - Ulrike

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    1. Ulrike, thank you. I hope you try this technique. You can do it with oil or acrylic paint.
      Moving - not too bad yet. Most of our furniture is in a big storage container and it will not be delivered for a few weeks.
      Have a great weekend, Ulrike!!

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  25. Love the frog!
    I will be going down from 2,600sq ft to under a 1,000sq ft. I have done it once before and it was great... but I also had an outside studio. That's the key. So look for a place for your painting time after the move.

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    1. Thank you, Julie.
      Thanks for the advice on an outside studio. If we aren't able to build a studio space in the backyard, I will be looking into that. In the meantime, a spare bedroom (100 sq. ft.) will be the "studio." Another bedroom will be for supplies.
      Oh, boy...

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  26. Oh fabulous, Chris. The eyes!!

    Hope the move goes well. Best wishes,
    Sharon

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