Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I woke up this morning with SNOW DAY in my mind, but the county school district did not agree. Our little co-op follows the county schedule, so...no snow day...
or so we thought.
J was supposed to have a field trip today, but that WAS cancelled on account of the weather, so he had no school. So, rather than taking him home and going back later to get D, we called our own snow day. Isn't homeschooling fun?
We had to spend some time outside exploring in the (miniscule amount of) snow. Much fun can be had with ANY amount of snow when you are a boy under the age of 9.
Tiny little snowballs still pack a wallop...
We're snow starved here in the south.
The most dedicated boy can even get a snow angel out of it...
Hope your day is filled with the magic of snow days...
And the hope that Spring is really on the way...
Friday, February 22, 2008
Well, I'd like to say it keeps the doctor a way, but this flu season, at least...not so much. We've actually not been overwhelmed with it, but little J is still battling his mystery virus...6 days and counting of fever and a cough. He'll be missing his last basketball game of the season, poor little guy. His fever-induced sleep-talking events have been fun, though. Nothing like a little hallucination to keep it real.
So. I've painted another apple. I don't know why. I actually started this one about 2 weeks ago, and just finally managed to finish it yesterday. It is one of those paintings that, had I finished it when I started it, it probably would have turned out much better, but it just lost its freshness, somehow. I also think that having used the 300lb hot press on the last painting made using the 140lb cold press seem cheap and tawdry. Okay, maybe not tawdry. But that hot press is like buttah.
Or buttah'd velvet.
All I know is...I like it. I'm going to have to get me some more. Soon. Like tomorrow.
Still loving the gouache. I can't make myself paint in acrylics. I've tried...it's just not working.
And I think that's okay. Why fight it?
Now, it's my turn to pass it along to some bloggers that I just love...
Of course, it almost goes without saying that Linda would top my list! Not only is she an amazing artist, fantastic writer and humorist extraordinaire, but she's a wonderful friend and constant source of inspiration and encouragement.
Helen is a friend from WetCanvas that has been blogging of late - she does wonderful watercolor pours, but also does just about everything else, including dolls, assemblages and whatever else strikes her fancy. Now get over there and say hi and encourage her to post them frequently (I am not patient...)
Stefani at Blue Yonder is also a source of inspiration. Her lovely photographs and the tales of her adventures in homeschooling boys are always delightful.
Whenever my bloglines shows an entry of Drawing the Motmot, I give a little squeal of anticipation. Debby is an extraordinary artist, let me tell you. The inspiration on that blog alone is worth large chunks of time spent perusing it. Lovely stuff...
And last, but certainly not least, Rob at Car-a-Day...he combines the two passions of my household in one wonderful blog. If you like cars and you like art...you'll love Rob!
Are there blogs out there that you love? Play along...
1. If you get tagged, write a post with links to your favorite blogs.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the creator of the award, Emila.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
9 2/3 x 4 1/4 gouache on 300lb hot press
Things are brewing in this head of mine. I've got projects and paintings and collaborations on the brain, so it's making everything else difficult. The boys each wrote a book, which I published and bound as gifts for the grandparents. I still need to make copies for our own library, but haven't managed it yet. They were really amazing, but very time and energy and thought consuming. Now that they are done, I can move on to my own artwork. I do have to share a couple of their illustrations, though...
From 6-year old J's book, "Nanny and Pop Pop's Sports Adventure,"
And from 8-year old D's book, "Nanny and Pop Pop: Detectives,"
The books were in honor of Nanny and Pop Pop's 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Anyway - keep your eyes peeled - I'm looking forward to reclaiming my studio time for painting rather than editing and publishing. Linda and I met last night to go over our goals to see where we are a month into the year. Let's just say...well...January was, ummm...interesting.
I may need a do-over.