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Jesse Winchester’s delightful ballad ‘Sham-a-ling-dong-ding’ was playing as I looked at the poached eggs.  Letting the music take the lead, keeping my head out of it as much as I could, I picked up a wet baby wipe and my trusty scrap of sandpaper and began to wipe and scrub gently at the canvas, removing most of the white and black paint and revealing once more some of the under layers.

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Finally I felt happy, threw the used wipes into the bin, washed my hands and called it done for the day.

But a thought had crept in and a few minutes later I was back, white paint on the palette and an itchy finger ready to add some quick strokes around the canvas

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The canvas got turned upside down in the doing of this part and I quite like it this way …..

Are you still with me?  Any thoughts?

Thanks for coming by today, I’m so happy that you did!

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61 thoughts on “The Mystery on the Easel 2:6

      • Oh, you remember the week of weeds and wildflowers, right? There are some delicate and pretty ones out there as well as the beauty of daisies. I usually try to go back and start from my last comment but went the opposite, felt like I was “cheating” as I already had peeked at the final rendition. It’s gorgeous and radiates open, friendly warmth. love ya!

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        • Yes indeed, I do remember. I enjoyed those photos very much. And you once admired an old painting of mine that used to hang on the wall showing wildlupin flowering between the road I drove home on and a lagoon. Do you remember that?

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    • Good comment! This was me releasing all the traumatic events and leaving only the lessons gained from having been through them – then allowing flowers to bloom around those spots of enlightenment. Isn’t the subconscious an amazing thing!! 🙂

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  1. From poached eggs to white daisies, very cool! I had no idea that you could use sandpaper to take off layers. I don’t even want to talk about sandpaper, I’ve been refinishing, revamping furniture and it’s about to do me in. I enjoy reading about your creative process, and now I think I get to view the final 😀

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    • I think that generally speaking, ehrn painting on a canvas, using sandpaper might be against the rules. But rules-schmules…… and in view of what the whole process has turned out to be, it turned out to be entirely necessary. Final post will be published in a few more hours………. So glad you were able to come by. xo

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  2. I did not see that coming at all! Oh my gosh, Pauline, you’re wonderful. And look at how much joy you’ve brought to all your readers. I wouldn’t have thought about removing the black paint. Two more posts! xo

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        • Yes, totally. No plan, no thinking, just focused listening and responses to what was there. I was aware that I totally renewed the entire canvas every time, not just parts of it and wondered why at one point but as I wasn’t allowed to think too much about it I put that thought aside 🙂 It’s been a most interesting experiment!

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          • You sound invigorated by the process, Pauline. I think there’s tremendous value in pursuing an art form from a completely different way. I would like to find something similar with writing, as I feel I’m in another rut. You’ve got me thinking…

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            • I think the thing is to stop thinking Alys 🙂 I tend to overthink things and this thing of allowing something else to guide you, allows a space to be made for something else to emerge. Apparently. Painting to the prompt sticks started it all off……. Do you follow any of the writers prompt blogs like Charli at Carrot Ranch who does the 99 word thing or the photo prompts (for instance)?

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  3. Now we’re cooking on gas! Loving the daisies. What an exciting development. So much energy in the way those petals burst out. As you know, I took the pic of the daisies the other week intending to do something with daisies. So totally loving daisies all round!

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  4. Pauline, this is absolutely gorgeous, and a wonderful, joyful surprise! I listened to Jesse Winchester’s song all the way through. I hadn’t heard it before or listened to any of his music for eons. It was a delightful interlude. When I saw your wiped-down easel, I thought that was it, and felt a little flat. Then I scrolled further and saw your daisies lifting their beautiful petals upwards with joy. How elated I felt upon seeing them. Perfect flowers to grow from the seeds you planted. Thank you for adding joy to my evening.

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  5. When life gives you eggs . . . make daisies! You’re a gem, Pauline! This whole process has kept us all hooked and in suspense–could she possibly save this painting ?. . . YES! She could! She persisted!

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    • Lol!! Thank you Kerry – you are a gem too! I tell you, I got to this stage and had an insight and realised I’d painted my life and every step I’ve taken with this canvas tells the story…….. you just have to be able to decode it. I was stunned! I think you just gave the painting a name. xoxo

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    • Lol! What a wonderful thing to say! I tell you, I got to this stage and when I looked at the series of photos again I realised I had painted my life. Every stage tells a part of it, you just have to be able to decode it. I was stunned! I think you just gave the painting a name 🙂

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  6. A loud OH! escaped my lips as I saw the very last photo!!! I liked the one when you had originally stopped for the day but the last took my breath away! I didn’t want to read the other comments first this time, just feel the painting. I’ll read the comments later. I’m in love with this! Not sure why. I feel tears. What the heck?

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  7. Oh my G! I knew you had something up your sleeve Pauline. But not this. Just loving the way you add a bit more and a bit more and show by these stages how much you have changed. It’s gorgeous. Especially that soft background xxxx

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  8. Yes!! That’s the first word that shot out of my mouth upon seeing your final photograph! Oh Pauline, it is always such a delight to visit you and your latest creation. The end result of your ‘mystery on the easel’ caught me totally by surprise. The ‘eggs’ reminded me of scotch eggs and I wondered where you might go with them. I purposelly scrolled down slowly so as not to jump ahead…so it was wonderful when you decided to return after all and ta da…there it is, the most beautiful painting, bursting forth with a handful of summer’s white daisies! How you got that from your first ‘draft’ is beyond me…All I know is it works, and beautifully. I’ve so much missed your posts Pauline, but I’m going to disappear yet again with the house move fast approaching. It will be some weeks before I return, but I’ll keep in touch one way or another. As we move through our summer, I hope your winter isn’t too chilly. When we meet again here, our trees will be turning gold and your daffodils will be bursting forth I expect…isn’t it great that we can meet halfway no matter the seasons or time of day? Much love and hugs to you my dear friend, see you soon and happy creating! 🙂 ❤ xoxoxo

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    • Sherri, how lovely to see you pop in. I know life is so full for you right now! House moves are such a messy affair – but usually worth it in the end. I suspect the memoir is getting a rest while the chaos takes place. I am sure you will find a new and wonderful writing spot and when the dust settles you will be ready to bring this baby into the world. Think of this as a long and protracted labour 🙂

      Thank you for cheering me on so beautifully – I really appreciate it! xoxo

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      • And what a long protracted labour it is….I am ready to push this baby out, believe me! Trouble is, the closer I get to the finish line (or so I kid myself, ha!), the more I realise just how much work there still is to do. And yes, time constraints are up against me with the upcoming move. I take your encouragement to heart greatly, thank you so much Pauline. and I’m glad I cheered you on too…as you do me with your lovely messages 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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  9. YES!! So lovely to see the process you went through to reveal these beauties! When I scrolled through to the last pic–I gasped (in a really good, positive, happy way!!) and smiled. I like it a lot! Who knew eggs could evolve into such beauty?

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