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“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.

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Sometimes I give a wistful look toward the pottery stands if I am traveling via bus.

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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!

So many choices!

So many choices!

After getting those items home, I never regret the extra burden, although I have moments of self doubt when I’m in transit!

Ten dollars will buy a lot of pottery, but oh,  extra pottery will add a lot to my load!

Ten dollars will buy a lot of pottery, but oh, extra pottery will add a lot to my load!

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.

Painting, painting, always painting!

Painting, painting, always painting!

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.

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The larger pieces take more time, though they are worth the ‘little by little’ effort.

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In progress – shown with painted stool.

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Recently my friends Hank and Marie emailed images of their own mosaic-painting project. I gave them a thumbs-up A-plus critique!

Pottery designs by Hank and Marie Groff - Photo by M. Groff

Pottery designs by Hank and Marie Groff – Photo by M. Groff

Artwork by Hank and Marie Groff - Photo by M. Groff

Artwork by Hank and Marie Groff – Photo by M. Groff

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.

Right-brained mode!

Right-brained mode!

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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!

Z

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