Raspberry Cream

Hay Fever at Halfland as I tinted this layer with red and brown to make a warm burnt brick color that looked more like raspberry fluff as it dried. I bought some deeper rich crimson arcylics (you knew it was Nova) to wash over the plaster layer, so that should darken it to my tastes.

After the walls of the cottage dried today, I brushed off most of the hay that was pressed into the wet plaster you see above. I plan to wash the deeper tints over it all and then perhaps wet them again after they dry with matte medium and hit it with fresh hay, as that somehow works for this setting. It hides the architectural flaws that the three layers of plaster couldn't and looks right for some reason. I did have the thought that maybe Old English Wattle and Daub might have actually come about for roughly the same reason, neither the old English nor I could make a straight attractive wall without filler.

I've been continuing to sort out how best to make the Tudor style miniature windows. At this point of trail and so many errors, it would be far easier to simply copper foil the pieces and soldier them as I was trying to avoid having to do initially. Now it looks easier, funny how that goes, eh? But the cost and scale of copper tape and soldier still puts me off the idea. I have toyed with painting paper tape, applying it to the panes, and then gluing hand-piped whips (in burnished browns) down directly without any spaces at all, as if soldiering. The samples I did like that indicate it may, at last, work.

Tomorrow I'm to fatten up the tree and papier mache it a bit and wash the walls.

"Skill to do comes of doing." --Emerson

"There is no solution. Seek it lovingly."


  1. Taken from my email today:

    Oh-Corey!! #1 I'm so sorry you couldn't get to me through the site, you know, I'm so glad you let me know because I've received zero comments for days and thought I was disappointing my friends!! Ha!

    And Secondly, WOW! Are you serious?! That makes me feel so good to know that my raspberry cottage has such a venerable ancestry!

    And thirdly, how -exactly- sweet are you?! Sweeter than a creme-filled Parisian pastry-poofy, if you ask me!

    Thank you and bless you today, Shelley

    --- CoreyAmaro@aol.com wrote:

    > Hello Shelley
    > I tried to leave this comment over ten times!!
    > 'A large 150 year building in our town was just
    > painted dusty rose, the
    > exact color you show here !! And it is spectacular!'
    > If I can I'll take a photo of it.
    > Corey

    > Tongue in Cheek
    > Living in France &
    > French Antiques,
    > the way I see it



  2. Zero comments?? So what am I - chopped liver? ;)

    Hey, I love the wall color! Not so sure about the hay though. What are you planning to do with it? Just paint over it? I thought you were going to mix it into another batch-o-plaster or something.

  3. And I'd like to modify the last quote in this post:

    "There are many solutions... take your pick, or discover another."

  4. Hi Mikeeee! Chopped liver?! Hardly! I don't know how I'm doing unless you say. It had been five minutes since your last visit and I became lost.

    I like your koan redo above, except the "...no solution" quote to me adds the element of the idea that everything is fine the way it is and requires no fixing or resolving, which makes me back off of my sense of urgency with everything. To me it's more about an approach or understanding that life, in reality, works with a perfection and that it isn't my job to correct anything about it. However--the second sentence; "Seek it lovingly." reminds me to proceed in all things with gentleness and kindness. You're a man so some of your strengths are action and forcefulness, vigor and a boldness instead. Both approaches are essential to make the world turn, to my mind.

    Also, your line above about many solutions together with seek it lovingly both really scream out for that vine in maze image I sent you last year. That thing really holds the secrets of living life to me.

    Don't worry about the hay, I'm knocking down this layer of it and will add s'more fresh at the end. It's like a barn deal, you'll see.

  5. Ok, gotcha. I saw "No solutions" and it just seemed kind of bleak, til you 'splained it that way!

    Just puttin out feelers and groping toward the light here....


  6. I've decided we are the feelers, on the stalk, its leaves, in the maze, and the light, all at once. xxo


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