Thursday, February 11, 2010

I Feel The Earth Move

 Just finished this girl up last night.  Had oodles of fun painting this one, too.  Lots of scumbling, layers and glazing.  My new favorite medium to play with is Gloss Medium and Varnish by Liquitex.  It's like gooey maple syrup, thicker than regular glazing medium, so there's lots of depth and refraction through the layers. Too bad it doesn't show up on a computer monitor.

Simply Irresistible
12" X 6" X 3/8"
Acrylic on board
© 2010, by Lisa Walsh

I wonder if Robert Palmer would consider a giraffe irresistible? Anyway, the giraffe paintings will be on their way to Phoenix and the silent auction soon.  I would love to get out of Chicago and deliver them personally, given the fact that we just had a foot of new snow dumped on us, followed by a blast of frigid cold, and to top it all off....AN EARTHQUAKE!  Here!  In the Midwest!  What's next, a hailstorm of frogs?!  Granted it was a measly 3.8, a level on the Richter scale that wouldn't even warrant a blurb on the back page of a California newspaper, but this literally gave a little shake to our foundations, both physical and mental.  We know we have to deal with heat, humidity, storms and tornadoes in the summertime, snow, ice and frigid wind chills in the wintertime...but there's a little piece of our Midwestern sensibility that is secretly thankful we don't have to deal with hurricanes and earthquakes.  So yes, it was just a little one, but it was a big deal to us.  Front page news, the talk at the corner coffee shop, the chatter at the water cooler, everyone chiming in with their own "Where Were You When The Earthquake Hit" story.  We'll have fun with it for awhile, then the story will fade away and most likely be replaced with the news of another disgraced, corrupt, jailbound Illinois politician.  Those we have plenty of, no matter what the season.  I'd prefer the hailstorm of frogs.

My Muse is reviewing our homeowners policy to see if it covers falling frogs.  To absurdity, and beyond!


Coralie said...

I love your work Lisa. It's fresh & fun (just like your writing) and I envy your brushwork. Amazing what can be accomplished between hot flashes!

debwardart said...

Another great, fun painting! I heard about your earthquake - Yikes!!! We had one many years ago - you could hear the rumble as it passed and the dishes rattled - I could not believe it! I'll take a tornado any day!

Lisa Walsh said...

Hi Coralie! Thanks, and good to hear from you, haven't seen you on WC for a while.

Mornin', Deb! Thank you. I agree with you. As awful as tornadoes are, at least they only cut a swath of damage; hurricanes and earthquakes damage vast areas. I guess Mother Nature must have her little tiffs.