Saturday, August 5, 2017

Let the Chips Fall Where They May

Most of you know that we have sold our house. It has been a long 10+ weeks of getting ready. First we had to sort through our things for an estate sale. Then we had to sort through our things and decide what we are going to keep, what we are going to give away, what we are going to take to our RV lot at RiverBend in Florida, and what will go into storage pending the location of a home with a craft place for me and a workshop space for the Mr. In addition to the sorting and packing, we had to fix things. We have had paint cans all around. We have been busy with screwdrivers and hammers. We have hired helpers for inside and outside. Life has been crazy. 

Now that the house is sold and the inspection is past (although we have not passed), we have a bit of a lull before movers arrive on August 21. I have had a chance to attack the "Do Not Sell" shelves and weed out things that were stored there very carefully in the beginning, and then not so carefully, and then things that were just chucked into the corner. As I was once again sorting I came across my paint chips! Oh, yeah. I am supposed to be doing something creative with some sort of medium using these colors predominately. 


As a member (and I think I agreed to be Vice President) of the RiverBend Creations Guild I came up with the brilliant idea to have an art show. I dubbed it the PaintChip Challenge. It sounded like a wonderful idea in the coming of spring and all of the new-found energy that comes with that change of weather. It still sounds like fun, but it is also sounding like work!


So, the idea of the challenge is that folks go to a store with Glidden paints and select the called upon paint chips. (Dapper Tan 10YY 55/163, Racy Red 64RR 12/436, Luscious Moss 70GY 27/154, Gold Strike 20YY 46/425) Then, using whatever their choice of artsy stuff is, they are to come up with a piece for our show in January. 

Since I was sorting through things that go to 'wherever we land', and things that need to go to Florida, I thought to myself, "Self, it might be a good idea to find some fabrics in your bins that are destined to go 'wherever we land' and pick out the colors that closely match the paint chips. so you can have them with you in Florida."  I looked in this bin and found some pinky-reds. I looked in another bin and found some greens, and so forth. I ran down to the local quilting shop to pick up something that was "Dapper Tan". 

Ta-Da.....  here are the results 


Now, what to make of it? I'll have miles and miles to imagine and sketch ideas and dream about this project as we head towards 'Wherever we land'. And, of course, I will do a show and tell whenever I finish my project. And, of course, you will hear all about the PaintChip Challenge at RiverBend, and how all of that works out.


6 comments:

  1. Moving is always hard - physically & emotionally too. You seem like you're doing pretty well with it all. I personally hope to never move again...

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    1. I believe we may have said that after our last two moves... and here we go again!
      I moved a lot when I was a child so moving was always an adventure. I like the opportunity to discover new things and meet new people. I do love this house, but I also know that 10 acres and a number of gardens is getting to be a lot of work. Perhaps if I lived her all of the time I could keep up by doing a bit every day, but when we travel, I alway shave a tough week or more trying to get it all back to where it should be.

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  2. I like the colours and the fabric patterns. Do you quilt? Those colours would be perfect for a sunset landscape.

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    1. I am in my third (or is it fourth?) year of quilting. I was thinking I might make a hanging with flowers using some interesting techniques I saw on a quilted jacket my mom made. But, now you have me thinking!!

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  3. Good idea. I like the selections you made.

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    1. I love the idea, but I can't take credit for the colors. I stopped to see an artist friend of mine, explained the idea that I had and she picked the colors..

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