it’s friday. i’m in los angeles. it’s not hot. i’m getting ready to go plant a poopload of succulent cuttings that i brought back from carpinteria. sharron kindly let me harvest some special aloe pups from her property. while i was using my bear mitts like spades and pulling up one after the other, joyce said very delicately, “um, maybe you’d like some of these little ones.” so after my bag was nearly full i said, “good idea!” and i topped it off with lots of smaller pups. then over at joyce’s i noticed her neighbor’s giant black aeoniums. no i didn’t. yes i did. my spades turned to loppers. i had to do it. but i’m a careful harvester. i get the babies from the bottom. practically invisible. they’re begging to be adopted. that’s what joyce said.
holy heck! an idea just zippity zinged it’s way into my brain! paint succulents with gouache. oh wait. they aren’t orange. but i’ll still do it. greenish blue is the new orange. you heard it here first.
i’m going to tell you something right now. goauche is groovy. i’m going to marry it to my sketches and go on a punch drunk gouache sketching honeymoon. i am v. happy about it. and it all started when i saw that rifle paper calendar with the poms. the ones inside the cover of my new BIG journal.
i was smitten like a kitten with those orange poms. so i decided to make some of my own. and after 3 sets i decided to branch out and find more fruit. because fruit is healthy. it has antioxidants. it likes to be painted.
you might be sitting staring at this screen with a bazillion ideas in your head, or maybe not a single one. that happens to me sometimes. i’m hear to tell you. WATCH the bleep OUT. an idea could be headed your way right now! you never know where it will come from. stay alert.