Tuesday, July 31, 2007
For Kisrsten, here is SP 1 starting out with green and purple hair (hey, I was trying to reinvent myself) and the finished one. Too much orange on the face but not enought color elsewhere. This is a strange technique - you really have to go overboard on the color, but in a funny way. I like this one before the tissue.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Please help, the doggies need you
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Mack the Knife
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
( In case you don't know this tune, it is a children's ditty sung when number 1 child is lording it over number 2 by having either done something better than poor child number 2 or having something better, or bigger, or done it faster - in other words it is a singing taunt. AKA "I know something you don't know")
Now that I've gotten that out of the way
I finished Harry Potter
I finished Harry Potter
I finished Harry Potter
Neener, neener, neener...
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
On the first try, I wanted a green background so I did a green under painting - not realizing how bad that can be. The portrait could have been good, but only if poor Sarah is a member of the Addams family - the green around her eyes makes for a great corpse picture. In the spirit of total disclosure - here is the first VERY unfinished try.... I couldn't even look at it without feeling weird - and wondering how one would go about fixing this!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I drew a picture of a suitcase using art-rage, but have no idea how to load it into Blogger - which only likes .jpg's.
Oh well, of to sunny San Diego - it is pouring rain here in Stow
When I was a kid I had very bad eyesight, and no one knew. Until I was 10 I lived in a blurry world, trees were green blobs, and everything was muted and fuzzy. I never knew who was approaching me. I couldn't see the blackboard. ( I must have had very unobservant teachers!) Now I understand why I was so afraid of everything when I was a kid - I never knew what was coming next!
When I was 10 someone figured it out and I got glasses - I'll never forget the amazement of seeing that trees had actual leaves. That summer I went to Switerzerland to camp - to this day the Alps are, to me, crystal clear, etched against the sky.
Where am I going with these two stories? Well it's about learning to see, wiring your brain and learning new things. When I was a kid I always drew everything with a big dark line around it. Why? For me because I had to define things with edges, because I couldn't see. If I drew the world as I saw it, it would have been one big blob - and I think that was too scary for a kid so I defined everything with outlines. This starts here and ends here. OK, now I know what my limits are.
So just this morning I have been trying to draw a rock for EDM. I keep drawing outlines, even tho' I know that big black crayon edges don't exist. Suddenly I realized that I can leave behind the compulsion to outline my world, I can see now. I have to reteach my brain to NOT draw outlines, but to use shading. My brain can rewire and will.
If you can't see you can only draw what's inside your head. Learning to see is a very tough excercise.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
6:00 am - got up and had coffee then went to the basement to obsess over some seams. Ripped the seams, redid them. Cleaned up the basement a bit, checked email.
9:00 stopped at the drycleaners to pick up clothes that I left there yesterday to pick up last night. Then went grocery shopping and just had to stop into TJ Maxx to see if they had anything that I could wear to a conference next week. $15.00 got me pants and a jacket.
Home by 11:00 - made lunch for our weekend adventure.
12:00 - flew to Provincetown
1:00 - biked 3 miles to the beach. Three HILLY miles
1:30 - 3:30 - hung out on the beach, tried to relax
4:00 - biked back to the airport, back over the HILLY bike trail,
5:55 - got home and took a shower
6:30 - friends came over for dinner
10:30 - friends left.
All this after a week of leaving the house at 6:30 am and coming home at 6:30 pm.
And I wonder why I am tired.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
A close up of the serving table with cake.
The Reading Couch with a handy light. Perfect for sitting by the open window, listening to the waves outside.
The Lady of the house has just come in from outside. The fireplace is on as it is a bit damp and chilly outside.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
These three stones caught my eye.
The first one is to "Dea. John Holt" Died in Greenfield. April 19, 1869 aged 69 yrs, 9 months, 10 days.
The second one is to "Phebe" Wife of Dea. John Holt, Died May 8, 1862, Aged 65 yrs
The third, and shortest one is to "Mary R" Wife of Dea. John Holt, Died August 24, 1868, Aged 45 years