Wednesday, August 24, 2005

like a hole in the head

...is how I need this mouth-puckering lemon tart I carried home from Egan's Irish Pub tonight. Nevertheless, I am savoring it as I write, accompanied by a cup of fragrant, strong, St. Michael tea from Marks & Spencer. That is REAL whipped cream you are looking at and it is unsweetened - the only way to eat whipped cream. All of this is an antidote to the day I spent in the ER with my mother, who was ultimately admitted with a problem I hope they can at least begin to resolve in the next 24 hours. Food as comfort? Rarely -- but this is one of those times. On another note - my friend Helene asked me how I made those hatch marks on the green batik piece I posted a couple of days or two. I sent her a picture of the wire grid, but figure that I should post it here, as well. More appropriate, anyway, than a lemon tart. Having looked at all those wonderful post cards on other blogs, I thought for a moment I should try to make some also. But too many other things are beckoning, like workshop outlines and materials for Houston. And the soy wax batik workshop I'm putting together -- a great excuse for experimenting in my own studio! Yesterday, I ordered 20 lbs of soy wax and a huge quantity of industrial-strength gelatin to use in my gelatin printing workshops. I had to resist the temptation to order 50 lbs of soy wax because it was 20 cents less per pound in that quantity. But where on earth was I going to store FIFTY pounds of the stuff? Nowhere. If I lived alone, maybe. But it's not worth the trauma: I'll make do with 20 lbs. Now, if I could only find the time to use it. My studio is embarrassingly overrun with STUFF and I am seriously thinking of cutting some of my printed/screened/batiked fabric into pieces and packing it into grab bags to sell. But I'm not quite ready: separation anxiety, I guess. Well, enough idle chit-chat for tonight. Tomorrow morning I have to respond to a teaching inquiry and make umpteen phone calls before I go to the hospital. So, off I go...overly full of lemon tart to the point of discomfort, I might add. Is there a lesson here?

6 comments:

Karoda said...

Rayna, I'm hoping that all goes well with your mother. Take care of yourself in the "between time".

Where do you get your soy wax?

gabrielle said...

The only thing missing is a martini to ge the sweet taste out of your mouth. Woman, you are so productive I just want to go in a corner and hide. Green eyed monster appearing. Keeping you and your mom in my thoughts.

mary m. said...

Rayna,

I'll say a prayer for your mom. I, too, often eat for comfort...had Cold Stone Creamery Vanilla Ice Cream with pecans, graham cracker crumbs and caramel cut in today.

Tomorrow is another day. I wouldn't want to part with all that beautiful fabric you made....you deserve that, too.

Elle said...

That lemon tart looks SOOO yummy! Yet not as yummy as your fabrics! I alays enjoy seeing what new prints you have made. They're fabulous.

Gerrie said...

I'm sending good thoughts for your mother. I know you are going through a tough time with her health. I want to know when those grab bags of your fabric are ready!!

Anonymous said...

Rayna,
Wonderful work, I really enjoyed reading about the soy wax process. I'm curious where you bought the soy wax and the gelatin in quantity?
I'm thinking of you and your mother, take care,
BeckyH