Did you know that you can't paint over oils with acrylic? Ask me how I know.
Did you know that stencils aren't as easy to use as they seem like they should be? Especially when you're using them on a curved surface?
Remember all those gourds I grew back in 2010?
This is what they looked like that fall after harvest:
I am obviously a much better gardener than I am an artist. Why oh why does this always seem like a good idea in mid-July? I'm no artist. Heck, I barely count as crafty. I haven't even started pouring candles yet. And, of course, I thought it would be cool to try something new there too. Back in July. When my confidence was high and Christmas was months away. I guess I thought I would suddenly become adept with a paint brush and I probably imagined that teaching myself how to do something on the fly would be fun. (Someone point me toward this blog entry, next year, will you?)
Oh--and just in case you wanted to see my Christmas tree. And sixteen year old Joseph--who is obviously in fine form.
I'll be back after some of the craziness fades. I've got some writing to do over this break--some editing (I haven't forgotten my promise to send you the short story) and other bits and pieces to report. I hope all is well with you and yours, dear friends. Merry Christmas and God Bless.