Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bug bites and essential oils...

Apparently, the colder weather is driving little critters indoors. I've had itchy bites and welts for about a week now. When I complained to the gals at work my manager said, "Just spray RAID everywhere!" Aw, man, sorry, but I'm just not comfortable with having all my household surfaces covered with RAID...

Some of the other gals suggested peppermint oil diluted in witch hazel. That's the route I took. It can be sprayed right on the bedding (I think I got bitten while sleeping because it was mostly on my neck and arms) and all around the house without being poisonous. It doesn't kill the insects. It just makes them move away from the area.

For the itches themselves I'm using tea tree oil mixed into coconut oil. It's working well today. Yesterday I think I made it too weak and didn't get the best results. Anyway, that's what I've been dealing with for a few days. It's hard to think about much else when you itch all over!

The only insects I'm seeing are the tiny flies that hover around fruit. I've tried to look them up on the internet, but I'm not finding anything conclusive. Anyway, things are better now.

Otherwise, I'm working and doing Sketchbook Skool and some ATC's. I'm also currently reading Sunlight on the Lawn by Beverley Nichols. This is my sixth book by him! He has such a cheerful outlook on life. I just enjoy his books so much for light reading. I'll have to start searching for another one soon!
As for artwork...I'll go scrounge around in my pictures and see what I have...hmmm...

Ah, yes. This is a 5x7 canvas board painting. I watched a video by Bob Burridge where he shows how to paint an impressionistic vase of flowers in two steps. First step...lots of colorful blobs of paint all over the canvas.
 Second step...paint over some of it to make a background, vase and table. It turned out okay, but I notice my highlight on the vase is on the same side as my shadow on the table...duh. But, it was fun to splatter acrylics around. I sent this to a gal in Alaska and she sent me a vase of flowers in return.

 My friend who gives ATC art to people in nursing homes is also sending art to kids in Haiti. These next two photos show some cards I made for them.

 These next four were made for the October Pick-a-Theme swap.

 And some faces I made for Sketchbook Skool...

I picked up this adult coloring book at Walmart the other day. I don't really intend to color in it. I bought it so I could get some ideas for more whimsical designs for my cards. It's full of really cute designs.

I'm taking it easy on my three day vacation, though there is a possibility of some babysitting. (I volunteered.)
You all have a great weekend! I hope to visit you all soon.



  1. fun art! always a joy to see! OH dear about the bug bites. I am glad for the remedies you are using; I pray that it is not at all related to the dreaded 'bed bug'!!! May God protect and keep the bugs that are biting far away from you!

  2. Yikes! I hate it that you itch!
    Your ATC's are lovely, lovely, lovely.

  3. I'm glad to hear that the peppermint oil/Witch Hazel seems to be keeping the bugs away.
    Nice sketches and ATCs.

  4. I can tell you've been around horses. Yours looks a lot more real than mine! Love the impressionistic flowers. Very bright and beautiful. I sometimes get bitten at night too. I have examined my bed and there are no bugs in it. I think it is those tiny spiders that sometimes wind up in places inside the house. And yes, they would most certainly try to get inside. Another source of bites for me is from my shrubbery where birds like to flitter about in. Bird mites. I am highly sensitive to them. Peppermint oil is good for keeping out insects and rodents. I just sprayed around my crawl space vents just before I sat down at the computer so we are on the same wave length.

  5. Hallo, Lisa, I know those little fruit-flies, they do nothing than like fruits. I think, the other hungry little beasts go away soon! In the early summer I have some guests called ants. I don't like to poison them. I also find a good way with aromatic oils, so they go to another place - not in my kitchen. Gut it's necessary to be patient for a while. Poison is the last opportunity. I poison rats, they eat my doves. I have no other choice.

    The oil-pictures with the technique for flowers is great! Often I work like this playing with effects in my paintings. It's very adventurous, seeing, how forms are born.

    Greetings and blessings from your artfriend Dori in the Bavarian Forest

  6. Yuck on the bites...I use tea tree oil a lot as well as wear Buzz Off clothing and that helps. No to spraying Raid or other chemicals inside the home. Sometimes I'll spray wasps but never honey bees.
    Fabulous artwork!

  7. I don't like hearing about you being fodder for biting creatures! I hope your deterrents are effective. It's so distracting having an itch.... makes me think of Corrie Ten Boom and her fleas... I guess we'd have to be in similarly dire circumstances for them to help us focus rather than the reverse!


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