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Green Yarn Hiding

Green Yarn Hiding, oil on canvas, 12" x 9"

We may find limits on our usual summer plans this summer, and we may be tired of working around them. We travel closer to home, do more outdoor eating, and plan outdoor parties. This may be plenty, or maybe we are upping the fun by adding more variety, like finding a brand-new local destination or doing something unexpected for another. For more, we might choose to dig a bit deeper into our naturally creative problem-solving selves. We often find answers in challenges. The point is just to have fun, right?

Sometimes the best fun can come from finding new ways to do ordinary things, from seeing different things or familiar things differently. Something as simple as changing you usual commuting route can bring introduce welcome variety into your day. Add a challenge to your walk, like seeing how many different birds you can spot, or look for interesting stones, or put that flower in your hair. Take your camera along and pretend to be a tourist in your hometown. What catches your eye? Curiosity can be enlivening. What can you do or use differently around your house? My granddaughter, who is in the midst of moving, sees tiny boxes and is inspired to build tiny rooms into them.

As an artist, I have adventures in painting. I explore my house and environment to find simple things in interesting combinations, or I make combinations with their colors, forms and textures, enjoying the interplay. I came across some balls of yarn with no recollection of why I had them, but they reminded me of bell peppers in their size and intensity of color. I particularly like combinations of natural and man-made objects, so I tried making arrangements of these unlikely partners. The hard shiny skin of the peppers contrasting with the soft fuzziness of the yarn pleased me. In addition, I found fun in playing with the yarn’s unraveling strand, and introduced some onions to cool off the hot colors. Seeing these familiar things in a new way started suggesting a story, and I now call this painting “Green Yarn Hiding.”