drawing | second hand

objects that have shone in other people's lives, turning up on our doorstep... looking back, i realize i've been buying second hand and brocante (before it desperately and masterfully got labeled vintage) for over thirty years, kick starting it, when i lived just round the corner from the brussels' daily flea market on place du jeu de balle - vossenplein, in the early eighties. the flea market survived the years {images left = collection STADSARCHIEF - right = "voddemet" - bastin & evrard}. it was all about richly printed, silken pj's back then.

all these beautiful, wonderful, mysterious, filthy, hard and soft, fragile goods. some things you give away again, because the object doesn't ring with you in the end. some beauties get broken (glass breakage an average of one a week, easily, in our house...). sixties and seventies curtains dying on you (but not before you make a postcard from the impressive design). cashier ladies carefully wrapping up tiny objects; others showing you the door. ... {farmer girls above will make a reapparence here, over the coming months.}

books, second hand books! we have so many books, sitting round waiting to be read. we can make books from second hand matter!... here's my first ever home and hand made notebook. it does look clever, don't it? do take a closer look. the endpaper, although a little wrinkled, sits well in the front of my notebook, does it not? okay. 

turning a few pages.... uh-hoh... upside down, is it? yes, we did it : gone and glued the whole she-bang in topsy-turvy... ☻

but ha. i'll turn a blind eye, put on me sunglasses and give my own personal second hand the exit role. joke's drawing challenge theme this weekend is just lovely, lovely. it made me rush off to the thrift shop yesterday morning to still my craving and not having my camera on hand, i just drank in the scenery. for future reference. {image above and not thrifted at all: celine's necklace. "how're you celine, and don't you come up with more found objects, hear! ☻" & that hand!}. off to sniff around yours now. 

corner view ≈ contrast

the biggest contrast has been to carefully write and stick to a workable {to do} list. my garden was top priority last week. besides keeping an even pace in house renovations, i want to take illustration seriously. stating this goal makes me go weak at my knees. sitting down to it and taking drawing seriously is the starkest contrast ever to my usual laid back attitude. 

yes, it has been labour weeks out in the garden and for once i truly, madly, deeply enjoyed every minute of digging, pulling, transferring and watering. in fact, i could hardly wait to get back in and hollow more, after every interval. as i moon over those efforts this morning, i lumber upon metaphor.

i've not before felt the green thumb as such, maybe because i didn't let myself. the analogy sits in the exact process of digging : when i draw, all is fine, until i hit the hard rock of moving upwards. i enjoy all directions, and upwards is a bummer. is it? like hell it is. but i now wonder, if i can conquer the earth (of my garden), can i step up upon the ladder of prospect (of drawing) and lose the snakes indeed?

supposedly kicking off on a cartoon course next week, i got word the course will be postponed till the january. feeling deflated a bit, what else does it mean? can i do something to tie/tide me over, keep me going, keep the home fires burning while they're lit? i think i'm going to need you all, dear readers, on my path of unearthing. 

thoughts such as these because my river project is moving towards its last quarter, and i feel a little apprehensive. embracing the very thought of a new, functional project for 2015. not quite revealing my intentions yet, i think and hope the view will be an exciting one. i'd love to meet up with y'all, from time to time. jane's corner view, francesca's hosting. ☺

pay back time

i've been saving up. images. so i can fill another miscellaneous blogpost. 
i like the diversity of it, mingling all sorts of days, ways and emotions. 
seeking out colours wherever i tread, i am most amazed at the fall's gifts to mine eyes. 
like every september i am most amazed. 
{and september is the queen of (a)mazes, i find} ...  
i'll lead you. ...
through town, 
and kitchen, ...
over highs {in background our "uptown"}, 
and past lows, ...
waving at farmers harvesting {not pictured here}, 
scooting by pretty dilapidated downtown,
encountering unexpected, decapidated sorrow, ...
sampling dry goods, ...
putting out fire ... { ... "with gasoliiiiiiiine"songline popping to mind ☻}, ...
noticing pink goes really well with gold, ... 
{in fact, am only just now decyphering the graffiti}, ... 
arriving back à table, ...
forever indebted to your kind eye. 
♦ ♦ ♦
hel-lo
and how are you doing? 
update

drawing | japan ~ shibori




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oh, i had plans. 
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this is the story of an old t-shirt called tee and a vintage limb. 
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i was given the limb, the hand. 
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in a thrift shop. 
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i thought i would tear away the faded cotton from its palm. 
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but then i decided to lend the hand a main part in this DC. 
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would i be able to dye the tiny rag, while still on the palm? 
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would i be able to create what i'd had in mind all along? 
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well, no. 
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it did not turn out how i'd planned, including an emergency rescue from the drain. 
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so. onwards and forwards with my intial scheme. 
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when visiting the musée guimet in paris last summer, japanese dyeing techniques caught my attention. 






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i have not been dyeing anything since my teens, so perhaps i got intrigued for sentiment's sake. 
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{i used to tie-dye a lot of clothes!}
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moving on.
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i thought it'd be nice for this weekend to try out the japanese dyeing technique of shibori.
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moreover, and not in possession of natural blue indigo, how would i go about it? 
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would i try to reverse dye? 
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yes. 
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one can reverse dye by using bleach. 
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the tee i used had kept its black colour over five years of washing, so i could have been prewarned of a strong initial dye. 
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the bleach is working though!
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after spilling a quart of the liquid over my paint trousers, i ended straight up in orange!
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no harm done,
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a little wiser. 
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i left the tee in for just under five minutes {which is loooong!},
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gently rocking the lot to and fro. 
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i became a little reckless at some point, and poured more bleach in, straight from the bottle. 
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{that's how my brother always used to bleach his jeans in the early seventies}.
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as the bleach water turned the lightest tone of sepia from the tee, 
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i decided to heave the tee out 
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and soak it in clear water for a while. 
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i waited impatiently. 
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took off the gloves and 
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waited some more. 
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sat down and remembered my morning walk 
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where i happened upon an appropriate cameo image 
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for this weekend's theme.
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does it remind you a bit of an ° japanese image? 
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it did me.
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ha. 
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finally got the tee out of the water to examine its shibori streaks. 
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well. 
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my guess is i'll need a whole lot of practising! 
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patriceveronicajoannestefaniebarbaratanïasusannearianesabinekristenrobertoericleenatammiesus, tomoko, manoyoko, j-girl☺, ... all bring their own take on japan to the screen this weekend. tomoko was brave enough to endure kyoto's heat as she will guide us round the city. her touring trip is up! yoko's whole blog's about japan, go and check out her sweet efforts. jgy has been relishing japan life for quite a while. she decided not to let this moment pass. that would be japan from the front seat, everyone! just a hint.
♥ also, feel free to be our next challenge host! it·is·exciting, as·you·may·well·know. ♥




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thanks for playing though! 
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enjoy saturday and sunday. 
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i have a week of {late} houses to draw. 
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been there, done that :
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update
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tara
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a bit of this. a bit of that

{ as usual : hover over images for more info }

a bit of this. a bit of that. 

i have been fortunate enough as to have found peace in a rhythm of enjoying normal stuff such as going back to work. 

planning an at home day ahead and keeping to a semi tight schedule. 

actually also enjoying off time in between. 

the usual september feeling, but in august already. 











i.
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feel.
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lucky. 

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enjoy the rest of the week! 
n♥ 
oh. 
and  U P D A T E ! ☺

DRAWING CHALLENGE NEW THEME | AUG, 30~31



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so here we are. 
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back.
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a weekend later than initially planned.
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rose is moving this weekend, and we could not exclude rose from our next drawing challenge weekend: she's only the best DC notary ever, besides a creative centipede. go check out her FB, she's shooting the world, besides renovating... 
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how doés she do it? 
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now. the weekend of 30/31st of august will be the perfect weekend {i sense that} to restart our drawing challenge routine, will it not? i've been tossing a few themes round in my head, but i'll surrender to the east for now. i think it may have started with sushi, and {elementary} learning how to make those little wonders. discovering a few terrific eastern blogs, enjoying slow moving pictures such as memoirs of a geisha, or poetry. learning to appreciate that slow is good, that less is more.
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let's talk JAPAN, to narrow down an eastern theme sufficienty for anyone to find an item of interest in, whether it be country, food, travel, technique, colour, philosophy. you name it, any style is much appreciated, be it drawing, photo, installation, performance, ..... feel free to interpret! ☻ see you, gladly, over the weekend of august 30/31st, and meet up with : patrice, veronica, joanne, stefanie, barbara, tanïa, susanne, ariane, sabine, kristen, roberto, eric, leena, tammie, sus, tomoko, manoyoko, j-girl☺, ...