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Quite The Spectrum

The opportunity for foraging was slim given our holiday weekend commitments, but I did have a moment to pop into one sale. Then I did a little happy dance with the following scavenger hunt score.

I’ve wanted one for quite a while. What could it be?Wad of gum? Nope.A wad of gum? Really?

No, no, not a souvenir from a trip to Seattle’s famous/infamous Gum Wall. (One of the attractions at Pike Place Market, a 50+ feet by 15 feet wall of yes, chewed gum. I’d include a photo but it  kind of makes me a bit nauseous.)

Hmmm, this still seems kind of gooey, what is it?

 Still kinda gooey . . .  Detail

A painting?

Nope. However many, many paintings were for sale. The art prices were very much on the healthy/high side, and produced over a period of decades.  Many a vintage treat is found in the garage so I headed that way. I spied two used palettes tucked a way in a stack of boxes.Palette 1

Not the classic rounded shape, shown here by artists Monet and Bob Ross.


One of Monet’s palettes hangs in the Marmottan Museum.

“Let’s add some happy little clouds . . .” Bob Ross, always so positive, anything is possible if you try.

 Two fabulous rectangles, thick with paint and potential. “You want to buy those??”  Yes. 1$ each. Repeat of happy dance.

Palette 2

Not sure exactly where these will land. But one has a new home on our ‘can’t-believe-everyone-doesn’t-have-one’ toboggan of fun.

Nordic Easel

My impromptu Nordic easel is currently displaying a collection of other formerly lost and lonely 1$ adopted items.

Art Toboggan

(I have a tendency want to rescue items that were created by hand, especially unframed art, but that’s fodder for another post.)

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.
Pablo Picasso

I concur Pablo, and I cannot explain it. But I do hear the siren song. For me, palettes have an intriguing, exceptional energy. Three-peat of happy dance. The nuances as colors mix, the unused globs, the texture. Smile. A piece of history from the universal fraternity of painters. (OK, may have painted that one one on almost as thick as the gum wad.) You know what I mean. Crazy cool. Could it be because my artistic skill set includes primarily hot glue and washi tape?

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
Marc Chagall

A painting?  Palette detail

One more for a collection is a perfect quest for the next flea market. . .

I found I could say things with colors that I could not say in any other way, things for which I had no words.
Georgia O’Keeffe

Hope you find an inspirational treasure this month too.  Or perhaps an opportunity for a visit to the Gum Wall.

Time for me to crank Pharrell’s “Happy” and dance.


One Thought on “Quite The Spectrum

  1. Janet P on 8 July, 2014 at 10:30 pm said:

    I love this collection and happy thoughts!

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