Painting on a SundayPosted: August 19, 2012 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Adventures in Life, Domesticity, Earth, goals, home, nature, Photography, pond, Spirit, Summer, Walking, water, weather | Tags: nature, Outdoors, Photography, pond, rain, Summer, trees, water, weather, wildflowers 11 Comments
Every now and then the old homestead needs a good painting. This year happens to be “now and then.”
I like to paint. Until I get tired of painting. Fortunately, we’re only painting the front of the house for now so it’s not a huge job for two people. In fact, we finished faster than M was expecting, getting most of it done yesterday.
That’s a very good thing because some unexpected thunderstorms rolled through just as I was finishing up my portion this afternoon.
I do the big work using the big brush and the roller. M does the detail work.
My painting technique is wild, free, and maybe a little sloppy. M’s technique is spot on. We’re a good match.
We had brunch this morning with a colleague of M’s from India who cooked for us. The food was delightfully spicy and delicious. The conversation was lively and entertaining. A great way to start the day. The bonus was that the colleague fed us enough food to power us for the rest of the day so we were energized and ready to paint when we got home.
In other news… We bought a new, old car on Friday night. It was a long afternoon and evening (we didn’t have dinner until after 10pm), but we persevered until we got what we wanted. In a way, things have worked out well because we have the same model car, but it’s newer than the one involved in the crash. It’s also red, a big departure from our usual staid (and boring) gray. It’s a very pretty, sparkly red, something I didn’t think I would like since red is not in my top list of favorite colors.
Well, that’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for visiting. I hope your Sunday has brought you fun, good food, and a few nice surprises. If you’re in the mood to paint and like detail work, I’m sure M wouldn’t mind if you lend a hand. Or you can wait until I get ready to paint the living room and dining room sometime this fall. That should be fun, if I can ever get my colors worked out. I’d really like to bring in colors from the outside, colors I see around the pond. Bright and airy colors, though, since our winters tend to be gray. Maybe something along the lines of the Swedish style of decorating. Any suggestions?
See? It DID all work out! I had a feeling it would. 🙂
Arrest-me-red cars somehow make you feel really free – even rich because it’s such a non-ordinary color. (It works well for cardinals and robins!)
Glad you’ve got wheels so quickly
That 3rd picture is very nice: part smooth and creamy…but then’s there’s those ripples and bubbles and shadows….something mysterious lurking under there?
Swedish? like white and blue …or Marimenkko.com? oh, wait I think that’s Finnish – but might have some ideas there?
I’m not a huge fan of red either, and we paint alike, as well–Sara more like M–more similarities between the two. I don’t know my Swedish colors, but green will bring the outdoors in–giving, at least, your inside the look of life your outside’s lacking in winter.
Good for you and “M” on the paint job. That’s hard work. And to get most of it done in a day is quite a feat.
Actually, I’ve always thought I might like a red car, but I’ve never had the courage to choose one yet. Glad you found one you really like. New cars, whether new new or new to you, are always so much fun. I just made my last car payment this month, and now I’m going to keep this car for a couple more years and save some money towards a new one. Lovely pictures, as always.
Trust me. You don’t want any design ideas or color recommendations from me. I recently branched out and added red to my clothes closet of beige and black. ;p
I am not a good or happy painter, and like Christine, you don’t want any suggestions from me. Congrats on your new car. Looking at the photos up above, it appears as if thunderstorms were reflected in the paint. Is that imagination, or did they actually reflect?
Not your imagination at all, Kathy. They did reflect in the paint. Good catch. 🙂
I love painting the larger areas with rollers and brushes…how perfect that you get to do those and not have to deal with the detailed areas! Our living areas are painted with various deeper, lighter and muted olive greens, golden yellow and deep orange/rust/red…. I love the richness and warmth of the colors and atmosphere…especially on gray days. (A friend who is a painter had painted his interior in some of the colors, so we just copied that and used those colors, since we saw it “in real life” and liked it…I can’t do paint chips! )
I like painting, too 🙂 Although I’m glad we had the contractors to paint the outside of the house. I prefer painting rooms.
Thank you everyone for your comments. Sorry about the generic, one-for-all, thank you, but I’m supposed to be on a break right now. I couldn’t rest easy until I finished up at least thanking everyone, and/or answered anything that needs answered. So… thank you! 🙂 (There’s a lot of thanks in this reply. lol! Not a bad way to start things off, with gratitude.)