We've had unseasonably sunny weather in Anchorage. The comment you hear lately is, "we've had more sunny days in the last couple of weeks than we had all last summer." Last summer's weather was dismal with so much rain, clouds and record low temps that my garden was stunted. The sunny and warm weather we've had so far has meant not only early plantings (for Alaska!) but BBQ and dining alfresco every night on the deck. Shopping at City Market and the dinner menu has revolved around "what can we grill tonight?" So it was a bit of a surprise to wake up on Friday to heavy rains because all of this sunshine had made me punch drunk on summer-like weather. I love the rain but this sunshine has made everything around me glow (including winter's dustbunnies!). I've been inspired by how the light shines through the tender, new Birch leaves. The rain did it's job and gave everything a good rinse and Mayday tree sapling shells were littering the ground. The volcanic ash was able to be rinsed away somewhat and the sunshine returned in time for the weekend.
With Friday's rain, it was a good time to hole up in the Studio and finish up a couple of Shrine-a-rella's. When it rains, it's usually not a good metal day and my plasma cutter doesn't cooperate with the humidity. I end up using more consumables (the
cutting tips) which are expensive, and it makes me fussy when I have to cut slowly. I was excited to use my Thrift store finds and deconstruction of a doll could take place because Gus was at school. Once I had the arms cut, I gave them a coating of flat black spray paint because with the tooth of the flat paint, the plastic arms take the finish paint better. For the ephemera I use colored pencils, and both gloss and matte Mod Podge. The adhesive I use most often is E-6000, though now, I have some adhered to the on/off switch of my digital camera... One of the pieces is titled "Live Creatively" and the other is titled "In the Winter My Heart is
With the Sea."