Penelope Basset

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tuskgee Airmen

Tonight I went to a banquet honoring the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black Fighter group in the United States Military. Got to talk to and meet about six of them before the festivities began; they were very gracious and generous with their time and signatures. It was kind of funny how it reminded me of our church banquets back when I was growing up. One member will be coming out to the La Habra Branch Library Wednesday to give a presentation, and it should be packed. We haven't had a program with this much outside interest before; it is nice to see people so interested in meeting a piece of living history.


Monday, February 15, 2010

What to do with this???

I found this bit of carved wood/molding or whatever at a Goodwill, and loved it, though not sure what to do with it. I am open to has two screws on the top, and I thing I can attach a wire between them to hang it pointing down. This is a challenge...
But what to do???

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Ravens teasing the Moon

Somehow I got very very lucky and had a four day weekend over the Presidents' Day Holiday. I did a lot of house cleaning, looking for a new basset to fill the hole in our hearts left when Lilly died, and finally some painting and stuff.
I am making this painting for a friend who wanted something with ravens, the moon, and lots of texture from modeling paste. OK, well it took a while and some contemplating to come up with a design, complicated by my not being able to draw birds too well, and trying to get the iridescence, or at least a reminder of it.
I was trying to get the ravens and the moon to interact somehow. My original idea was to have the bird sitting on the moon like an egg to hatch, or to have it in between its beak, but too silly and too hard. The sky was sort of swirled like a Van Gaugh, but hard to paint because the paste seemed to absorb the paint like a sponge!

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Prim and Whimsy Valentine

This is the first time I have ever entered this sort of exchange, and it was really fun! I made my valentine and sent it off last week. Hopefully mine will arrive soon too!
I used a gessoed wooden heart, did decoupage for the background, placed a really sweet picture in the center, and edged it all with white lace cut from a paper doily. It hangs from a raffia string, and I think it is pretty, and I hope you do too, Sheila!

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