Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer
And in the End was the Word, Amy's Word

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paintings are for Sale on Etsy

I put my work on Etsy---I have five on my saintspainted shop---You are welcome to check it out! I haven't been asking that much for my paintings--60 or 100 dollars. Then I thought --Hey, if someone else can say- I am worth such and such--why can't I?
update--6/30 the prices dropped to 50 bucks a painting....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Clifton Springs' Tiffany Treasure

In the village of Clifton Springs (where I grew up), there is a hospital--and it has been around for a long time. In its heyday it was the "Spa"--movie stars went there to dry out. There is a sulfur brook that runs through the town. That is why the hospital was built there--sulfur was thought to have healing properties. The Seneca of the Iroquois Nation knew this too. The original hospital is now the "spa apartments" A new hospital was built in 1975. The point of this blog is that there is a chapel in the spa apartments with a mosaic. I have been asked to do a "Last Supper" painting. My dad suggested that I use the Tiffany mosaic as my inspiration. I took some pictures today and I thought I would share them, as they are splendid-considering the low shutter speed, and the tremor I have. There was some work going on in the chapel so we had access to a ladder to get a better angle on the shots. We could not find the light switch- we would have turned them off for better photos!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

This is Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I was commissioned to paint her. She is my first commission!! I love her. According to legend- Saint Luke painted the original. She is revered by both the Eastern orthodox church and the Roman Catholic church. She is miraculous.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Rhubarb Project

I put in some rhubarb plants this morning. The site is not ideal. I don't have much land- a 60 by 150 foot lot. I looked for a sunny spot and also one that would not detract from the asthetics of the garden, as the rhubarb does age over the summer. I hope that it gets about six hours of sun a day. Most plants require well drained soil. I don't think that the spot I put them is well drained. The natural soil is heavy clay--I mixed in horse manure and bagged gardening soil.

I bargained with my son and he assisted me with removing the grass. The latest technique for unlawning is to weed wack the lawn very short then cover the area with cardboard or newspaper--to encourage the grass roots to die off. I did not want to wait very long- long enough for the roots to die--so Ben took a spade to them.

Some say horse manure is an ideal garden soil enricher. Dad recalls a memory from his childhood--people going out into the street to gather the horse frockies for their garden.

Dad is one of the reasons why I am going to grow rhubarb. Rhubarb pie is his favorite dessert. My daughter put some in a few years ago--she did not have much to spare. I thought it would be nice to have my own patch. I am also going to make rhubarb compote and a rhubarb beverage. You have to be careful--rhubarb has oxalic acid- you can't eat the stalks all summer-only in early summer and you must never eat the leaves.

Rhubarb is an old fashioned treat. I have been warned by my daughter that I will have more than enough once it takes off!

Here is an interesting article about rhubarb history in England.