Saturday, February 27, 2010
eager for summer during school or eager for spring during winter,
"Don't wish your life away," by which she meant, carpe dium or live
It's grey and dismal outside. But I do have spring--or maybe even
summer--inside--My azalea bonsai, a mother's day gift from my kids, to
cheer me up and bring a touch of brightness to this dark day.
there will be more crises and deadlines and that coudl be dangerous.
This is Rocky. Rocky is my cockateil. At my old house, he had free range of the house, but here, he is confined to the cage and doesn't like it. Poor guy. I wouldn't like it either. :-(
As usual, you can click the image to view it larger.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Nora is a Dermatologist whose office is at the corner of Mack and Moran and I walk by it nearly every day. I love seeing her flowers and I poked my head in and took a picture of them the other day, and made this piece from that picture. It is done with Faber-Castel PITT artist pens, pigment markers and pens, and a few other pigment pens. I was trying to capture the delicate range of hues that showed up in the flower photograph that to the eye in person were primarily white, yellow and pinkish, but unfortunately, the pens simply do not have the rage of hues needed so I had to do the best I could with the selection I had. I think watercolor paints, which can be mixed and diluted, might have worked better, but this coated yellow paper does not work well for me with water color--they tend to bead up and leave lots of little dots and look uneven and ugly. Maybe someone else can do it, but I can't seem to. So, this is my best effort to use the actual paper in the book rather than pasting something in. I probably should attempt to make pieces that don't refer to something real so that I won't be so disappointed by the results. I worked on this every day for 6 days, during and after meals and when I took a break from working on my Fellowship application. The intense concentration of studying each petal and subtle hues on it was a welcome break from studying each word in my application, and I discovered that working on it relieved my headaches that I got from the Fellowship application work, which was good.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I made the silly pigment-marker sketch (second here) last night and then distally altered it on photoshop to make a valentine. It's all pigment markers except the skin, as I have no skin-colored pigment markers.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Bell Jar is fairly autobiographical of Sylvia Path--she calls herself Esther Greenwood in the book--and she tried to commit suicide (which, of course, later she succeeds, Sylvia, I mean). I used to believe I was like Esther (and Sylvia), but now I don't think as much. She ends up in an asylum and has electroshock therapy. The details in her book are very well-written.
I had been doing quite well reading lots of books, early, but we've had health issues and the computer's been on the blitz taking lots of time trying to get it working again. :-(
I haven't been writing many reviews because I've been too darn busy, and this isn't really one, either.
- The Blue Roan Child, Jamieson Findlay, Jan 2, 2010
- The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynn Reid Banks, Jan 2, 2010
- Summer on Blossom Street, Debbie Macomber, January 3, 2010
- Angel Rock, Darren Williams, January 4, 2010
- Angel City, by Tony Johnston and Carol Byard, Jan 7, 10 (read twice)
- I Can Make You Thin, by Paul McKenna
- A Passage to India, E. M. Forster, Jan 12, 2010
- The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver, Jan 15, 2010
- Back on Blossom Street, Debbie Maccomber, Jan 19, 2010
- Home, Marilynn Robinson, January 20, 2010
- Housekeeping, Marilynn Robinson, January 25, 2010
- Where Angels Go, Debbie Macomber, 1-31-10
- Muggie Maggie, Beverly Cleary, Children's, 2-1-10
- Animals in the Snow, Margaret Wise Brown, Children's, 2-2-10
- The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith, 2-3-10
- The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath, rr, 2-10-10
rr = reread