I had great artistica plans for today but they were waylaid. The great magpie hunter distracted me from my train of thought.I couldn't bear the rancid cast any more so we spent an hour and a half having the thing removed by a stoic nurse who needed a Bex and a lie down afterwards.
Then the prodigal returned dishevelled and full of camp songs, what Moira Petrowski did, who got busted for pillow duty, etc.
Between afternoon tea and dinner they all collapsed so I got Jane, the muse, out of the closet. This box is a treasure in that it contains the paltry remains of my active paint collection and that it belonged to my elderly and beloved neighbour, Bob. It was his tool box and he gave it to the Big Fella to clean up for me as a paint box. There was talk of sanding it back but I couldn't lose Jane.
We undercoated this old container of toys. It came from Reverse Garbage originally and I started to do something patchworky years ago and got bored. It has only returned upstairs with Flossy's arrival.
First I painted on a very simple generic flower shape in titanium white.
Lala opted for a turquoise flower and red background although I was going to paint the reverse.
Some old Jo Sonia paint in Moss Green for the leaves.
Some Sonia Red from Raine and Sage for the background. (A thoughtful gift when she left.)
That red paint is the bee's knees and has a few projects planned for it already. It is also washable it seems. Look! She found a yak at the doctor's and they let her keep it for extraordinary patience in the face of tedious cast removal.
This is my 'art' table. Yes, domestica has triumphed over wizened up artistica yet again.
So I painted on the floor with the girls climbing on my back until the thought of a potentially red carpet forced me to send them scarpering. It only took an hour all up.
And here it is in situ to keep your trains in and put your tea on. It is much less fussy than the older version and the room feels better for it. Clearing all those manky stuffed toys out helped....
although for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.