Sunday, April 25, 2010

Between The Raindrops....

(just a teaser of the final work---top of the canvas)

....popping in to say hi and no, we did not get blown away to the merry old land of Oz, but then the day isn't over either.
I had planned to have the final post up about the current collage piece; got most of the text saved yesterday afternoon, took photos and then the weather rolled in and I decided *off and unplugged* was safer than sitting here trying to load photos and getting electrocuted! Hopefully I can integrate the pix I took into the words I wrote later today and have the post up tomorrow morning.
It will be long, with quite a few photos, and I am really praying Blogger doesn't start eating them like last time......what a nightmare.
But other than varnishing, the piece is done (I think!) and the decisions left will be satin or gloss varnish or both, some on different elements. This is a good place to be with it; giving it a days rest and looking with fresh eyes tomorrow for anything I might have missed or want to add to a bit.
One thing I noticed as I worked was the color of warm yellow/red I used kept reminding me of something and sure enough, I finally remembered; betadyne. And some parts had that lovely old stain left from mercurochrome---who is old enough to remember that being a staple in first aid kits and being swabbed on cuts, scrapes and bloodied knees? (I think I was some shade of it peretually when I was little.....)
I assume maybe I choose colors subliminally? I don't know.
You decide tomorrow.



Bunny said...

Looks like we are getting some of that storm. I can't wait to see the unveiling. It will be amazing I just know. I am trying to get organized, seem to go from one thing to another these days. Too much going on I guess.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Bunny,

Now you sound like me!
As I was coating the canvas with workable fixative before the final varnish I found myself getting out supplies for what I want todo next.....then it occurred to me it might be a good idea to WAIT....LOL!!
Take care!


Silke said...

Oh, that is too funny! I remember mercurochrome - I constantly had it on scrapes, having been such a tomboy! A funny story - some years ago, my dad visited us in New Mexico, where we went hiking in the Sandia mountains. My dad tripped over a big tree root, went down on one knee and had quite the scrape. So, he opens his fanny pack, and pulls out a bottle of mercurochrome! Leave it to the Germans to be ever prepared... We laughed so hard! And with his shorts and orange knee, he looked like a little boy!! :)

Can't wait for your pictures of your gorgeous piece!!

Love, Silke

Anonymous said...

Oh Yeah.....I remember mercurochrome.....I have also seen enough betadyne (sp?) for awhile!!LOL!!
Can't wait to see your unveiling & hope you day is safe!!
We are having lots of rain today but it is a darnsight better than SNOW!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Silke, that IS funny!
I don't think you can even buy that here in the U.S. anymore, can you?
I was *always* painted with wonder I love bright make up! LOL!!!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marilyn,

My poor dad was in isolation in hospital so much during his life I swear the betadyne seeped into my bloodstream.....cotton gowns, hats, masks, rubber gloves and washing with that stuff.....
So far today just rain and I am praying for everyone in the path of this storm system that turned ugly yesterday.
You take care!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Georgina,

And we lived through it and were tougher for it! I remember getting strep throat and my great aunt swabbing my tonsils with iodine or methiolate---ther real red/pink one?
When I told the Doc he about keeled over; "That's POISON!"
but the strep was gone....over night too. LOL!!!


Jan said...

I guess I will just have to check back in tomorrow to see the fabulous new work! I'm glad you are back in the groove. Don't let a little weather get you down. Or big weather either! But do stay safe, don't go out to try and capture a photo of a tornado or anything. I don't think Mercurochrome would help. Do you think Mercurochrome has mercury in it?

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Yes, Jan, it DID have mercury in it if I remember correctly. Probably a pittance.....I wonder what the *--chrome* part stood for? (need to dig out an old PDR and see if it is listed....)
I'm just hoping Blogger cooperates so I can get the pix up; it has been acting really weird so far today---not sending comments, etc. I have no idea what is going on.
As usual! LOL!!!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

well, I certainly remember mercurochrome - which is another name for merbromin. It is readily available in most countries but no longer sold in the United States because of its mercury content.

When I was a kid, my knees were permanently dyed that color LOL.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

LOL!!!! Mine too Tristan, and I think every other kid of our era!
And look how WE turned out!!!
Okay, maybe there was a reason for it going off the shelves, but boy, I'd love to find one of those old bottles.....


kj said...

ha! i could SMELL that mercurochrome as soon as you mentioned it. I remember it on my knees and elbows from hopscotch, rollerskating and running too fast.

i'll be waiting for the debut of your current work, anne! stay dry.


Ces said...

We had a mercurochrome plant. One of my illustions has a mercurochrome plant. I am trying to remember which one it is now. Also our German neighbor had children named Mercurochrome, Iodine and Paregoric. I kid you not. They were these half German Filipinos who had blonde hair. Hope all is well with you.

Sophia said...

It's been extremely windy here; so much that it actally broke my umbrella this past Friday when I was trying to shield myself from the wind and rain. Ugh!

Thinking of you and hope you had a nice weekend. :)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey kj,

Monday, Monday, Monday!
It's up!!! (no help to Blogger....)
Actually, it was up for a brief moment yesterday when the system belched and decided it was *monday*.


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

OMG Ces!!!
Are you pulling my leg???
I do have a plant that bleed a substance that looks like mercurochrome, in the sanguinaria family.
But kids??? Yes, you must be joking with me.... <:)


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Sophia,

It turned out okat---rained and blew most of the time but no severe weather and I didn't have to get out in it, so I can't complain.
We had one extremely widy day here---thought it would take the roff off the house!
Take care!


Vicki~TheMiddleSister said...

My dad would paint happy face on the back of my hand, when he swabbed my knees, elbows, chin!!! Always made this better.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

It is so funny we all have distinct memories of that potion....and like I said; look how WE turned out!!! (or not....)


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