December has been a long and busy month for me with the holidays,out of town guests and two art shows that I participated in. Burning the candle at both ends finally caught up with me and I was down with a flu bug for a few days. Feeling miserable and more than a tad bit sorry for myself, I sketched a couple of scenes from my living room sofa onto 12" x 12" x 3/4" canvases and tried out some new acrylic paints that are in tiny plastic bottles (cheap stuff from Michael's). I highlighted them with Caran d'Ache Neocolor crayons and sprayed them with a varnish spray. I loved working with the liquid acrylics -- they're matte and creamy and remind me of gouache, one of my favorite mediums. I love the bright colors and the exercise did a lot to bring my spirits up--both physically and mentally. I'm feeling great again and am now inspired to make some more pieces using these mediums. Here are the two works: one featuring my red leather chair and the other is a tiny table with a vase of silk flowers in the corner of my living room.