After that first work, I can let loose her wild side and ask her what she really wants to be. Then the mineral and gem paints jump in and help her shine, shine, shine and we both enjoy a wild dance or two.
Recently I began collecting samples of the minerals and gems I am painting with. They usually live in the shell you see in the lower right. Here I've spread them out a bit. That's bloodstone, fuchsite and serpentine across the top of the drawing auditioning for the next painting and a very nice kyanite crystal on the upper sketchbook, which happens to be one of my favorite darks with sparkle and dries with lovely patterns in it.
I also have a third experimental piece I am working on to create a kind of smoky night sky effect. That one is just to play with and see how the paints effect each other. I like to paste these kinds of things in a sketch book with lots of notes so I'll remember what I did when I get something I want to repeat.
And it really is the week before Christmas and I'll be going to a Winter Solstice celebration at my yoga class tonight. Yesterday was a Christmas Party with my church group. I like to mix it up in real life, too. Here's wishing you a wonderful Christmas, a lovely warm Solstice and Hygge Winter.