It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Thursday, May 21, 2020

You get what you pay for

Curious week, this week.  Things are slowly opening up but not many are out and about.
I am one of those that didn't get out much before the pandemic, and won't be out much after the restrictions are opened.  I imagine after this weekend we will see more activity.
I bought 3 crappy canvases at Michaels this week for $10.  You get what you pay for and these are not worth a penny more than $10.  But the good news is that when I paint on a canvas like
that, or an old used canvas, I tend to paint much looser, which I like.  So the first day I had a very busy canvas AND a very purple canvas.  So the next day I got up and used chalk to draw a design on the dry paint.  I mixed a bit of black in the purple and used some white and completely changed it.

I like this but I don't like the canvas...oh well.
Then I dug out an old painting and reworked it a bit.  I am not sure about it yet.

And the good news is, one of my favorite orchids is blooming this week.
This is a dendrobium amabile nobile and it reminds me of egg yolks.

This plant has a dozen bloom stems, a record for it.  I repotted it last spring.  This year, so far I have divided and repotted 16 plants.  It is hard, dirty work.  I don't need to tell you what my hands and nails look like.  

Wishing all a Happy PPF


Christine said...

Lovely work Susan!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful art Susan. The cheap canvases are not really good, but usable. Congrats on your wonderful or hid, I'm still hoping mine might bloom! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

sirkkis said...

Awesome paintings. They make me study them closely to see all wonderful details.
Our restrictions have been loosened a bit here. Luckyly 😃.
Wishing you healthy and happy
weekend 👍💜

Debra said...

I know what you mean about yukky canvases. Just hate it when they hide major flaws with a label. But it's good to use them, and your work looks very good!

Laurie said...

such beautiful work! So much detail youve created,, your plants are beautiful as well!

Linda Kunsman said...

Marvelous paintings Susan! The good thing about a not so good quality substrate is that it gives you the freedom to experiment and play without abandon as you said:)Your orchid blooms are gorgeous! Happy PPF!

Nadya said...

Fun seeing what you've done with these canvases - love the purples, and the freedom!
I often use the less expensive canvases for my one day classes - and usually put an extra layer of gesso on before class.
Happy PPF!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I'm glad you could make use of those canvas's your so right about the cheaper ones, I tend to use them for collage or mixed media projects. Your piece is striking as is your magnificent Orchid, what a beauty.. Take care & stay very safe Susan. Happy PPF Tracey x

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Elkes Lebensglück said...

Beautiful art Susan, I like it very much!
Have a good Weekend, Elke

DVArtist said...

I agree cheap canvas is usually bad. I make sure I put an extra coat of gesso on them. However, your painting is fabulous. The reworked on is as well. Ohhhh your flowers are amazing.

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Crafting Queen said...

Love both your paintings. Those orchids are amazing!!!