Saturday, March 4, 2017

When You Work In A Stew-Pot


It's the beginning of March, the third month in 2017 (just in case you don't know what a calendar is and/or haven't been following along in life). Also, does anybody else have trouble spelling calendar correctly on the first try? I'm typically an excellent speller but "calendar" and "medieval" get me every. single. time. Anyway, I'm sitting here waiting for my French press coffee to finish brewing. We lost the tamping piece + lid which means I now brew my French press in what amounts to a glorified glass pitcher, then strain it out into a little powdered sugar sieve. It works. I'm also waiting for a batch of cinnamon rolls to cool off just enough to where I can frost one without it sliding into pieces. I want it a little slide-y but also able to stand on its own two legs if you know what I mean. Gene Stratton Porter's The Keeper of the Bees is at my elbow and I've got a leisurely day of coffee shop, art museum, and some shopping errands planned.And yes, all this before 9 AM on a Saturday because guess what? I couldn't sleep past 6:30, as usual. Something to do with my window being open and the temperature dropping below freezing. I'm conveniently fleeing our farm while my dad and brother butcher our second pig. I don't mind the fact that it's being butchered, but there's a constant in and out of the house with hocks of warm, fresh meat and you don't want to be in the way for that. And since the main portion of my rare moments at home are spent somehow in the kitchen, I would definitely be in the way.
If you follow me on Instagram you'll have been noticing the occasional sketch pop up. If you're especially attentive you'll have noticed that the sketch has been categorized as belonging to the #ArtStew52 challenge. This is basically a now-official, yet very casual group of free-lance and non-professional artists who have bonded together in a group called The Stew for a 52-week art challenge. The head of The Stew (Rhea Amyett: @hatchinghartist) prompts us each week with a different theme, we create a piece of art based off that prompt, then post our work with the official hashtag. It's simple. It's supportive, it's inspiring, and it's the kind of community that makes my heart happiest. So here are a few of the things I've been creating since the start of 2017!






One of the Stewards and my new kindred spirit from afar @lipstickandgelato drew me!! Repost: "While flibbing around tonight I decided to sketch up our intrepid leader, Rhea! Thank you to the woman who started the Stew for getting us all together and continuing to lead us as we grow like profligate guppies into quite the legion!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Profligate guppies! That is exactly what we are. I'm so impressed, she nailed the look I think and only going off a few pics of me on here! All of you Stewards have made it so easy to organize and keep the prompts coming because of your own enthusiasm. And really it's less about the prompts and more about us having quite the guppy legion that will always have the same art pond bond! If you want to join in with us our main hubs are a fb group called Art Stew and then there's the Instagram hashtag #artstew52 and #artstewprompts !
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9 comments:

  1. I have a problem with "lavender", because I want to spell it ("like calendar") "lavendar". And it took me years to get "kitchen."

    This art group looks fun. Perhaps I will try; I need to jumpstart my motivation to draw and use all those Craftsy and Creativebug classes! Its just so much less intuitive for me than needlework.

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    1. Hey Livia, I just wanted to let you know there are several people in the Art Stew that do needlework! It is called the art "stew" because there are all kinds of mediums and artists being thrown into one pot so you could draw or embroider or both on and off!

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    2. Yes, I saw a very lovely embroidered piece in the collection, but I need the extra kick for drawing, so I think I'll aim for that.

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  2. And Oh, my Gene Stratton-Porter books don't get enough love. I love "Keeper of the Bees." That, "Laddie" and the "Harvester" are all my favorites of those I've read.

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    1. I'm not even halfway through and I'm so in love!

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  3. I need to read the Keeper of the Bees!! My grandmother loves it and it is one of the only Gene Stratton-Porter's I haven't read. This makes me so happy to hear how the Art Stew has influenced you and your thoughts on the community is exactly how I feel about it all. I REALLY love the Graham portrait too and I hope we can do a giveaway soon so people can get excited over a portrait of their own. I think the "Graham" should be your example! Or both that one and mine... I am partial towards mine. :)

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    1. I'll keep that in mind, Rhea! I love The Stew....and so far I love The Keeper of the Bees!

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  4. I was wondering what that hashtag was all about!!

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    1. Haha - I figured an explanation was long overdue!

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