Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Annual Trek to Boise

I made my annual trek to Boise to visit my BFF Susan! We hiked and did art projects, met with friends, went out for sushi (yum!), shopped and did I mention Hiking? Well in all we hiked about 25 miles in the week. The First hike was up Bob's trail, schlepping all our rain gear, just in case, (the humor of the Gods would be not to bring the gear and it would pour, bring the gear and sunny Sky), It did snow just as we got back to the house, very nice! We hiked Polecat Gulch twice, the second time going the full outer loop for 5.75 miles. Then we hiked Upper Hulls Gulch for 6.75 miles.
We did watercolor monotypes, this was new to me and very fun, see my efforts below. Also I wanted to learn to use Acrylic modeling paste so we had fun with that. I tried my hand at lynocut printing, hand registering each plate and using a Baren to make the print. We had a wonderful time. And as always the time goes by to fast then I have to go home!


I wanted to learn how to use acrylic modeling paste so Susan showed me how! Why a scorpion you might ask? Well, we were talking of the old moral of the Scorpion and the Frog....The story is about a scorpion asking a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is afraid of being stung, but the scorpion reassures him that if it stung the frog, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown as well. The frog then agrees, nevertheless, in mid-river, the scorpion stings him, dooming the two of them. When asked why, the scorpion explains, "I'm a scorpion; it's my nature."


This is an abstract as you can tell! Watercolor monotype, while in Boise visiting my BFF Susan, I was experimenting with new art forms. Ended up with a little pink alien, an ostritch head, peacock tail, and possibly the Flying Spaghetti Monster, maybe more!


Susan showed me how to make watercolor monotypes! Very fun.