Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
When I started this piece, I had no intentions for it. It was meant to be totally free form random doodling. I just sort of followed the page and moved along enjoying the colors. The face just sort of revealed itself in this menagerie of shapes. In the end, I noticed something - nearly every bit of the page is entirely covered. And, I realized that this is my life. That face is me peeking out from my abundance of activities. They're all good, they're mostly fun, they're all mostly important - but boy oh boy are there a lot of them!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
My research recently turned up this site: http://www.artfulparent.com/2011/12/simon-says-drawing-plus-12-activities-to-keep-the-kids-busy-over-the-holidays.html#more
With 12 ideas to try over the holidays. I'm going to try several, if not all and will post pictures here to prove it!
Friday, September 09, 2011
These are a couple of my favorite pictures from the summer. They fully capture the feeling of freedom and pure joy in just being.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I decided to be my own genie and give myself 20 wishes. One of them is to draw more for no other reason than I like to draw. I got away from it because I didn't think I was very good and I am always pressed for time. But now I don't really care if I'm good or bad - I just feel like I need to do something creative, to put my head in a different place every now and then, to play and have fun. I work a lot - and that's okay, I don't mind, but I want to make sure I have balance. Drawing to me is a way of playing.
The thing that has really surprised me is how much I actually like what's been coming off my pencil. It may not be technically great, but it's not bad.
The monkey's were inspired by an exercise out of Carla Sonheim's book: Drawing Lab I can't say enough great things about this book - fun exercises, delightful artwork, great insights. If you want to try drawing or know someone who does, this is a must.
Try it and I can just about guarantee that you will be surprised and delighted with what comes off your pencil too.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
1 cup sour cream
1 cut mayo
2 tablespoons (or so) Rice vinegar
2 tablespoons (or so) finely chopped red onion (could probably use green or other onion)
2 teaspoons dill weed (DO NOT use dill seed)
Chill if you have time or just serve.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
It's a sweet little bird with a whole lot of attitude. The pattern is from one of my favorite designers, a great knitter of all things small and creative: Anna of Mochimochiland. From tiny princesses to tiny toilets, she has got a delightfully off kilter approach to knitting. This little fellow can be knit in the span of a movie -- and the best part is no messy bird droppings!
I am thrilled to report that there will be some sewing going on by the junior set as we have just won a contest by wewilsons for a copy of a new book: Kids Crafternoon Sewing. This is great because my dds have recently begun to get interested in sewing and are looking for projects. I learned to sew as a kid and though I got away from it for awhile, I'm so glad I knew the basics when I wanted to get started again as an adult. The book is on a blog tour so there are more chances to win. The details are on the wewilson's blog and while, you are there make sure to check out her new inchworm!
Monday, July 25, 2011
She's got some great pictures of the beautiful tags that she made to go with her wishes.
I'm thinking I will do this -but not all at once.
My first wish is to draw better. I've always loved to draw and I think I do okay but I've never quite been satisfied and then I stopped drawing because I have so much else going on.
Come to think of it, a lot of my immediate wishes are about doing things better. While that's good on one hand, it's also my subtle way of putting myself down. So I'm adding one rule - nothing about "getting better."
I wish to fill a sketchbook with fun drawings
I wish to get a sweet camera and lens
I wish to travel to Mexico to see ancient ruins
I wish to travel to Kenya to see where my husband was in the Peace Corp
I wish to take my younger daughters to Paris (and my older ones if they're interested)
There's more, but I want to move a little slowly to think these through thoroughly.
I wish for you that all your wishes could come true.