Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cobie and Color




We have been worried about our 13-year-old labrador retreiver.  Cobie was so sick he scared me, but he has bounced back and is becoming his old self.  We know this because his voracious appetite has returned and he has resumed stalking me while I'm in the kitchen (kind of like my husband).

Now that Cobie feels better, I feel better.

Little art projects in the early daytime hours are what's best during our current heat wave.  Over the last few days, I've been making mono print backgrounds with a gelli plate.
They will be altered even more, but I understand the value of having lots of these.

Here's a small sample.  These are cropped details.  The gelli plate is 7X5.



Here's a 7X5 inch version.



Having a small work space has forced me to experiment with different types of art / crafts.   It's really fun learning something new.

 To paraphrase a wise man, "There are many possibilities in the beginner's mind."



39 comments:

  1. I love all the colours and patterns, Chris! I am so happy that Cobie has bounced back! What a sweet, beautiful dog!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Yes, he is a really sweet guy.

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  2. How neat are all of these. I particularly adore the white hands. Looks like 6 fingers plus thumbs! I admire you still making art in difficult circumstances.
    Thankful that Cobie recovered. Happy smiles😊

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    1. Thanks, Julie. It's not hard doing the prints.
      We're happy Cobie is better. We would be lost without him.

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  3. I'm glad that sweet Cobie recovered and his appetite returned, Chris. Your gelli plate prints turned out great! Have fun playing with them!

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    1. Thank you, Julia. We all feel better.
      Thanks for the comment on the gelli plate prints. They are full of surprises.

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  4. The photo is so funny! But your Cobie still looks so young, he only has little white beard and his teeth are still so healthy! Good that he has recovered!
    Ah, you are now also infected by the Gelli-Print-Virus ... very nice prints were created! I love this technique, you can not stop once you have started, or!
    Ulrike

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    1. Thanks, Ulrike. Cobie was much younger when the photo was taken, but it is one of my favorites. It was my daughter's idea & I thought it was really creative.
      Yes, I am infected by the Gelli Print Virus, too. I knew you would understand (your prints are so gorgeous).

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  5. The gelli prints are lovely little paintings. (English is not my native language, so i sometimes run out of words to define beautiful works of art.But "lovely" usually does the trick :) So happy to hear your dog is doing well. My cat is 13 years old, too, with occasional health issues. I can totally relate to how you feel. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you, Ozge. (Lovely is a beautiful word)
      Oh, if your cat is 13 years old, you do know how we feel. Cats and dog - they are gifts, for sure.

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  6. Hello Chris,
    What a bad news about your dog Cobie, let's hope she will soon be better.
    Wonderful print backgrounds.

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco. Cobie is back to normal now.
      And the prints were lots of fun.

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  7. Oh, what a darling picture of Cobie! I am so glad he is doing better :)

    And those colors and patterns....beautiful! Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. We are so thankful he is doing better.
      And thanks for the comment about the prints - lots of fun!
      Hugs back at you!!

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  8. Beautiful. Happy for you and Cobie.

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  9. So glad your pup is back to normal - worry puts a real damper on artwork. But these prints are all gorgeous! As abstractions, they stand alone, but can't wait to see what you are going to add to them as backgrounds :)

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. I'm so thankful my sweet boy is back!
      And the prints - thank you. I really enjoy making them.

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  10. Beautiful and soulful Cobie. It's like our kids: we're only happy when they're happy. Glad he's better. And this new venture of yours- I have no idea how you do these. Maybe when you (someday) come back to Michigan, you'll be forced to stay a long time, because you'll have 80 different workshops/subjects to cover! And of course you have a place to stay:)!

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    1. Laurie, you are so sweet, my friend. I hope to get back to Michigan (someday) - can't believe we haven't found a house yet!
      Very funny about the workshops. I don't think I remember how to do batiks - can go back on the blog and read the directions. And I think that you, Laurie, should be doing the workshops!!

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  11. I'm so glad that Cobie is well again!! And the photo of him and his wonderful eye is great. Who is the owner of this beautiful hands?
    Your gelli prints are great! Love them. I'm sure you can draw/paint wonderfuld pictures on it.
    Although some of them seem to be ready the way they are.

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    1. Thank you, Beo. Those beautiful hands belong to my daughter.
      I'm looking forward to doing something with the prints (when I figure out what I'm doing).

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  12. glad your dog is ok :) always stressful when furry family members are sick

    lots of nice gelli print to use later or just keep them as is and frame some :)

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    1. From one dog lover to another - thanks!
      And thanks about the prints. They're lots of fun (as you know).

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  13. Hi Chris! Your dog seems pretty big, I'm just trying to imagine him in my kitchen.
    Pffew!.....must have quite an appetite! Can't wait to see what you'll do with those lovely hello prints. TKe care, hugs

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    1. Thanks, Helen.
      And yes, he is big (about 80 pounds). We so happy he's okay.

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  14. Good to hear your dog is doing just fine. Pets are everything. Warm greetings to you!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, he is everything.
      Warm greetings!

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  15. I'm so happy to hear that Cobie is doing okay!!! When my dog isn't feeling well...it breaks my heart because they can't tell us where it hurts!! I love the patterns and gorgeous colors on the prints..it's going to be interesting to see where this goes.... Have a wonderful Evening!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. We (& Cobie) appreciate it.
      I'm curious where the artwork is going, too.

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  16. Beautiful, beautiful boy! Labs have such kind sweet faces. He reminds me of the first dog I grew up with - greying whiskers and all. So glad that he is better. Please give him a hug from me.

    The colour combinations of your prints look celebratory! - very exciting to work into.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Cobie enjoyed your hug.
      And thanks for the lovely comment on the prints.

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn.
      I'm a beginner - lots to learn.

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  18. those are fabulous, Chris.

    Lost my sister to pancreatic cancer June 28, 8 short weeks from the diagnosis. I'm struggling mightily but my art is the only thing that is going to save me.
    Thanks always for your support <3

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    1. Oh, no... How devastating. I am so sorry, Mary!
      Art and music are said to help heal by changing a person's physiology. I am thankful you found such a positive way to help turn your world right side up.
      I will keep you and your family in my prayers, Mary. God bless.

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  19. PS I'm glad your fur baby is fine <3

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  20. I understand very well that when Cobie feels better, you feel better too!
    Oh, such beautiful Gelli-Prints! These are fine backgrounds for your future art pages!
    Wish you happy days! Rike x

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