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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Coloring book drawing #10

When I do these drawings, I just start drawing something in my sketchbook and end up with stuff like this. Then I use my colored pencils to color it in, just like a coloring book. I like to color.

I was coloring this one while waiting during Anna's taekwondo class. A young girl walked by and said something to her mom about the "cool" coloring book. Then she came and stood right next to me and watched. She said "That's pretty."
Thanks.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Style

Yesterday Anna and I had a nice day. She didn't have camp and I didn't go to work, so we got to sleep in. We drove the bikes down to the park and we rode downtown to the library. I returned some books and Anna picked out some books. Then we rode over to the music store to get some sheet music.

I'm having Anna take private violin lessons over the summer and her teacher wanted us to pick up a couple of books. We also picked up a couple of piano books. We had lunch at a very crowded Baja Fresh and then rode our bikes back to the car.

At home, we worked together to make a skirt for Anna. Here she is wearing it. Are these in style now? Or are we a little behind the time. It doesn't really matter. Anna loves it and it does twirl very nicely.





And speaking of style, where did these cartoon-y drawings I've been doing come from? Maybe it was the new black pen I bought. Some people only use pens to draw. I thought I would try it. The pen makes me want to have a smooth graphic line. No sketchiness here. You can't erase pen so you have to be a bit bolder. They look kind of 70's-ish.


I have heard many times in the past how important it is for an artist to have their own style. I understand why this is said. People will be able to recognize your work. Your body of art will seem more cohesive and consistent, etc. But sometimes I wonder why you have to have one style. Why can't you have many different? Why limit yourself?

I guess if you work hard enough and long enough, you will develop a style no matter what you do or use. My style hasn't found me yet. I'm still searching for it. I guess I need to spend more time working on art (I'm trying to head in that direction).

One lady told me I use a lot of geometric shapes in my work. I hadn't really thought about it, but I guess it is true. These "fat splats" aren't really geometric but they kind of look like twirly skirts!


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My New Number


Today is my birthday and my new number is 40! I know some people have trouble dealing with a "decade" birthday, but it doesn't really mean anything. It's just a number. Personally, I am happy to reach 40 as some people never do. My body and looks certainly are not what they were in my 20's, but my feet and legs (and even asthmatic lungs) have taken me many places I wanted to go. I feel much wiser now and more content. Plus, a birthday is a reason to celebrate and how often do you get that?

(I am a gemini, the sign of twins. Hence the two girls in my drawing.)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Focus

I have been having a very hard time doing this this weekend. My body stands paralyzed while my thoughts and ideas swirl in a chaotic orbit about me. I need to grab those thoughts and put them in their place, in an orderly fashion, where I can address each of them in their own time.

I didn't get much accomplished this weekend. But I haven't been doing nothing. Yesterday was free fishing day in Idaho (you can fish without a license). None of us are fisherpersons. Frank has a rod he sometimes takes with him on backpacking trips. We have tried it when we go to Long Island.

Anna has been really wanting to go fishing. (I have no idea where her enthusiasm for it came from. When she actually catches something then I have a feeling she won't be so enthusiastic anymore.) So we rode our bikes down to the Park Center pond where they had a tent set up with bait, hot dogs and chips (for the humans) and other info. They had casting contests for the kids.

While Frank and Anna tried to catch some fish, I continued to ride my bike around. There were several neighborhood garage sales and I went by quite a few. But I did not see anything that appealed to me. I think I was just not in the mood for garage sale-ing. I rode up to Barber Park, across the river and back to Frank and Anna. It was about 10 miles. They had not caught anything.

Since it was lunch time, we opted out of hot dogs and rode over to the bagel shop downtown instead. We spent a bit of time in the book store next door and then rode home. Eighteen miles and I was tired. I read a long time to Anna and then some on my own.

Today I have managed to go to the grocery store. Anna and I went to Michaels to pick up some things they had on sale. I cut the picture moulding I am planning on putting in the sewing room but did not get it painted. But haven't focused on much else.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Illumination

Illumination is the next theme the Twelve by Twelve group is working on. So many associations. Not sure where to go with this one.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

Water Challenge

The Twelve by Twelve group that I have been following, has put up their finished works for their water challenge. I also managed to do a piece with the water theme and this one is even close to the 12 x 12" size. I've had this done for a while but was waiting for them to put up theirs.


I chose an environmental approach to water. These are water bottles that I stamped with a stamp I carved. I placed a plastic sheet protector over the bottles and sewed around the edge of each one. Then I carefully cut the excess from around each bottle. Some of the bottles have the number 1,ooo stamped in them. This is based on an article I read that said some plastic water bottles could take up to a thousand years to decompose.

The 26,000,000,000 that is stamped in the green is the number of litres of water bottles the US used in 2006 (based on this article). The background fabric has fish swimming around on it. I colored over the fabric some to tone it down. Makes you think how many water bottles are being used and wasted (because the article said most of them don't get recycled). Plus, 40% of bottled water is just tap water.

Stomp

On Sunday, Anna and I went to see the Stomp performance. I had seen them once before when they came to Boise, but Anna had not seen them. It was very enjoyable. It is group that does "percussion, movement and visual comedy." And they use everyday things to make their sounds, like: trash cans, brooms, newspaper, pots and pans, etc. I love it. It makes me want to come home and start banging on things.

Anna had her own stomp-like performance several weeks ago at school. After choir had ended they had a four week session of drumming which was taught by a local place called Drum Central. They worked with the kids to do movements, songs and drumming.