Since the ‘publish’ thingydoodle boogered up the schedule, we are going to continue this chat through Monday!
I have been in a state of high anxiety for a LONG time – and most of it is my fault (well, being in a business-challenged state isn’t – well, it is but only partly my fault...oh shut up and get ON with it already!) Anyhoo, a big reason my anxiety is super-ramped is that I have not been painting. In fact, I haven’t been doing much of anything except scrambling to build our business (relatively successful) and trying to walk at lunchtime/early evenings (before the zombies come out) to keep my stress levels down (only mildly successful on the stress thingy).
I woke up at 5am this morning with an epiphany: I have to paint if I am to survive. Yes, I love Bear Boring and am very proud of what I have accomplished, wrestling this business into being from the ground up. But when all is said and done, in order for me to breathe normally I have to continue painting. March told me to stop sobbing in my soup and PAINT. Besides – you wanna talk smellgasmic? You get me around some Archival oils and linseed. oh, yum!
So I just came down from my ramshackle studio, where I was throwing away packing boxes and putting away suitcases, etc – yes, it had turned into a storage room – Call A&E! I’m not quite done but I set an alarm for 2 1-hour stints. It’s 10×10 – maybe- and the goal here is to make it so I can get to the easel and get back to work. Will let you know how that second hour goes. My goal is to have a canvas on the easel by 5pm and at least a dab of paint lurking somewhere near. wish me luck!
(this is my studio, pre-clean. Shameful. Just shaaaaameful)
During the declutter I rewound some odd body product/scent pairings. Some of them were on purpose and a couple were accidental. I will share them with you now, you lucky Posse. Warning: some of these might bring up your breakfast. Proceed with caution.
This one was totally accidental. I took a shower in the vaunted Amouage Epic. Layered a bit of the body lotion (every bit as smellolicious as the cream, btw)…and then absently grabbed the wrong sample and spritzed Opus V from the Library Collection! Quel horror!?? Uh, not really. I’d worn Opus V once or twice and was a bit mystified – It’s almost-luxe and because I equate Amouage with luxe before anything else I was having trouble with this one. LOTS of orris. a little bit of rose. I totally missed the civet. And the dry wood? On its own perfume merits, I barely noticed it.
However, when paired with the Epic lotion, it really sings – in fact, I like the combo better than an all-Epic menu. The orris and frankincense (and maybe just a touch of the sandalwood) boost the base notes of Opus V and give it the heft I have come to expect from Amouage. Possibly not what it was designed for but hey! It’s Amouage! Go Big!
I decided to do some experimenting with complementary scents, forgetting that I don’t have a clue in class what I’m doing. Witness: Fracas bath and body products. Paired with Henri Bendel Jasmine and Tuberose Body Cream (you wanna talk room-clearing? I could clear Wrigley Field with this!)….then, hey! Tuberose has ‘rose’ in it, right? RIGHT? So why not try Rose d’Homme (Rosine). Why not set my hair on fire while I’m at it! The lavender-vetiver base, so lovely in that scent, went headlong into war with the buttery-oily tuberose…and got stomped into a gooey mess. It smelled like Godzilla had eaten an entire field in Grasse (rose harvesters and all) and then threw up in yet another field, burying the lavender harvesters in his vomitous sludge. Other than that, it was okay.
There are so many in this group – but the funniest of the Uglies are accidental (the on-purpose pairings are just scary). Accidental one: This was awhile back but is seared into my memory. Some cheap Taylor of London Muguet body wash and body lotion (in itself not the worst thing in the world – I was intending to augment the decidedly-thin Coty Muguet)…then the phone rang and my sister was having DRAMA! I grabbed…..(I swear to Floyd I am not making this up) my go-to: Mitsouko. Contemporary Mitsouko. Do y’all remember Meryl Streep in ‘Death Becomes Her’?
yeah. Just. Like. That
On purpose (but Just As Ugly): I am having trouble with Amouage Honour (more on that later) – but there was this note I thought I should maybe/could maybe amp – so I paired it with Calyx ancillaries. In another review I will explain why this actually works in theory – sort of (okay NOT. but the ‘idea’ isn’t as offbeat as you might imagine). In reality, though, it could’ve given ol Maddy up there a lurch for her money!
There are many more but I’m sick of embarrassing myself. Time for y’all to fess up. Your Goods. Your Bads. Your Uglies/Funnies.
Clint/Lee Marvin photo: Paint Your Wagon
Streep photo: filmweb.pl