Monday, 28 December 2009

Italian mustard

I was badly in need of splashing some paint about today. I've spent far too much time eating and watching TV in the last week and my Muse was getting into a right old sulk. She wasn't even to be placated when I bought some bargain canvases in the sales. I had to do something. I couldn't bear all the sighing.

Popping along to Mixed Media Monday's challenge seemed the cure. Paint something with a colour you don't like. Hmmm.... Well, that's a bit tricky but mustard immediately came to mind. Reminds me of the suits my English teacher used to wear back in the 1980s when they were never fashionable.

I took some sludgy looking paint and brayered it on. I started thinking ugly, decaying thoughts. I made a rather dreary background planning for a miserable picture and, for my Muse, this was the final straw. She leapt out of her apathy and vented at me in Italian for several minutes. I was surprised as I've always thought she was Greek.

As I don't speak Italian (or Greek for that matter) I hadn't a clue what she was screaming about, but it did at least prompt a chain of thought. It's coming up to New Year... I really want to go to Italy this year... Shall we list as a resolution? I think so, don't you?

My Muse wasn't finished with me though, not by a long chalk. Naturally she fancies a holiday under the Tuscan sun but she was also concerned with me finishing something today and getting back to blogging.

She muttered something about inspiration being di fronte al tuo viso and the penny dropped. A leftover from Christmas feasting - not a mince pie or Turkey leg - a napkin with an Italian scene - heavy on the mustard. I abandoned my decay and went for a bit of sunshine. I could just nibble on an olive now...

I'll leave you to guess which bits of the picture are collaged from my napkin... (my Muse has given up on me and retreated to bed with a cold compress).


  1. Lmao!!! Brilliantly illustrated and verbalised, Lisa!! Molto bene??? 'o)

    Happy New Year Chica!

  2. I'm so glad you happened upon my little blog the other day, Bella Grace. Glad to hear from you! I hope the tooth fairy was good to your son.

    I am loving your blog. And your Muse. Maybe that is my problem, my muse must be speaking Italian and I'm not understand what the heck she is saying!

  3. See, now I love this color combination!

  4. ahhhh... just beautiful, your mustard colored collage... winter blessings to you, roxanne

  5. Wow, this is gorgeous! I'm glad your muse stopped her sulk! The colours are wonderful and I'm sure you're very happy with it. Thanks for the giggle! Diane

  6. Mustard is your new favorite color! I admit it is one of mine. Glad to see how quickly you've shaken off the tiredness. It is a struggle for me every day...musta been a bear last lifetime. I could just stay snuggled under the covers with my books and the TV all winter long. But the guilt and my muse make me move.
    But they cannot make me comb my hair...HAH...I win!
    xox, Lisa

  7. Wonderful! I love this piece and also the rantings of your muse... What fun. I had not time to paint today but hopefully tomorrow.

  8. If these are the colors you hate, I would love to see your faves! You made your hated color just shine! Actually, I love mustard. I can just picture the golden hills of Tuscany!

  9. Wow this is wonderful.
    Fantastic design and work.

  10. You will never look at mustard in the same way again.

  11. A wonderful warm piece- really captures the colors and mood of a Tuscan afternoon- love it!

  12. oh I love this piece!!! what a wonderful piece...and the colours are so warm and inviting!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful week and may 2010 bring you even more inspiration !!!!


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