Happy 4th of July!!
We've been hearing fireworks for a week now... and there's plenty more to come, but my favorite tradition is brunch with friends. In the mid-90s, a few neighbors started coming over for breakfast after we'd walked half a block to drink coffee and watch the 10K race. It grew into an annual event that we hosted until our friends Ron & Vickie took over. I look forward to relaxing with friends, some of whom I don't see most of the rest of the year.
Over the weekend, Jim captured some fun shots of the sparklers we played with... kinda fun to end up with cool creative shots without photoshop or manipulation.
I haven't had much studio time lately but I'm looking forward to making boxes for a few friends. The owner at the corner gas station is my source for empty Swisher Sweets boxes, so I walk out carrying a bag that makes it appear as though I chain smoke cigarillos!
I recently finished a commission, a vintage wood cigar box, and while gratifying it's also more time consuming. Something about working on cardboard is very low pressure; the one in the photo above was my first experiment with a cigarillo box. I'm going to document and post the process I use to create texture and one of the endless finishing options on cardboard that I find every bit as appealing as a box I've had to pay for - starting with gesso, of course!
I hope everyone has enjoyed a safe and happy holiday; it is one more opportunity to realize that despite the brokenness in our world we are very fortunate indeed!
Blessings to all.