“Little by little does the trick.” Aesop’s Fables – The Crow and the Pitcher
When traveling, I always yearn to stop when I see roadside stands. Watching a skilled machete artist whack open a chilled coconut is a bonus for the one-dollar orb that holds nutrient-rich water.
Sometimes I give a wistful look toward the pottery stands if I am traveling via bus.
No matter what mode of travel, I ponder how much an item will weigh before I add it to my growing load of loot! Pottery’s weight makes it hard to justify when using public transportation. If I take that fateful first step into the pottery scene, a few new pieces will have a new home!
After getting those items home, I never regret the extra burden, although I have moments of self doubt when I’m in transit!
Sometimes I wonder why road trips exhaust me, and then I ponder the items purchased (ahem – gallons of paint and varnish; quarts of special-colors of paint, plywood, items for the kitchen…) A day after the human burro unloads the parcels, hibernates and incubates a plan for the materials, she’s ready to proceed! As stated with last week’s post, the difficult part is wading through that invasion of ideas and focusing on one.
Sometimes a dollop of unused acrylic paint prompts me into a ‘seek and find’ mission, and I walk through the house with paintbrush loaded with pigment! Too much black paint prompted the painting of the mask on the door! (Below) It seemed a waste to wash that black paint down the drain – one learns to be frugal when good acrylic paints are not available in the area.
Sometimes a piece of pottery awaits within reach, and that little dollop of paint finds a new home – yet it creates a little monster. Not wanting to leave a half-finished area of design, I often mix another batch and then another until I reach a stopping point.
This new batch of painted mosaics now accents the kitchen area. Filled with fresh produce, they brighten the cooking area.
The larger pieces take more time, though they are worth the ‘little by little’ effort.
Recently my friends Hank and Marie emailed images of their own mosaic-painting project. I gave them a thumbs-up A-plus critique!
They did a great job! There’s so much fool-the-eye texture in their work! I remembered how well my friends Laura and Barbara did on their own pottery-painting projects.
You probably have an old piece of pottery waiting for its chance to shine! Give it a good scrubbing, draw a simple design with chalk, pull out those hobby paints and get started!
Little by little, you’ll find a medium that gives you joy!