Really, these tiny sweet potatoes are so much fun to hold, play with, and paint. At first they all look alike; then you begin to see their features, and by the time they're finished, you can tell them apart easily and have even begun to give them names: Little Wounded, Hairy, Baby, Fat Boy, Banana, Fish, Gourd Shaped, and Teenie. Yes, I am easily amused.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
At the top is rainy day Jesse, giving up on ever getting outside again, it seems, and making the most of his inside tenure. All the rest of these are my experiment notes made while designing a five-sided die (made of Sculpy) that would work so that every side could come up. I made some others last week, but discovered that only a couple of the sides ever landed facing up. Today I recorded by drawing the position of the die after each toss. Happily, after a few adjustments in the angles of some of the faces, I finally achieved a die that will land on all five faces. 6221: hare; 6222: cat; 6223: bear; 6224: hare again;
6225: penguin; 6226: bird. The stamp prints are from the stamps I used to incise and ink the figures on the die. Tomorrow I will bake the die and then polish it a bit.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Just before everyone arrived the evening of the 23rd I went outside in the gloomy dusk and saw that our Lenten Rose/ hellebores was blooming away as though it were February. A bunch of them made a beautiful centerpiece. Earlier in the day while doing a little last minute cleaning of the bathrooms I had decided to dump the ancient seashell collection into a sinful of water to spruce it up a little. Fun to find some from the mid-eighties when we went to the Outer Banks.
I didn't do any drawing on the 25th, but on the 26th while we were all having a great and beer-filled lunch downtown at the Biergarten I sketched parts of people's lunches. Excellent walnut, pear, gorgonzola and carmelized onion pizza!
Some attempts at drawing my twin brothers while they were eating/talking/looking up at a TV screen.
The next morning we all went walking through the golden bamboo grove, and one of my brothers and I sketched the grove details. Shortly after that we checked out the chickens.
Yesterday afternoon those of us who were still together went to the Folk Art Center, and I had a great time drawing in the archives/museum section while everyone else wandered around the place. At bottom left is a dress made of homespun linsey-woolsey.
My favorite thing in the museum-- this gate with five roughly-carved figures. The whole holiday was spectacular!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
M and I squeezed in a solstice hike this afternoon in between rain showers. We went up Jones Mountain to an overlook, where we caught some feeble sunlight, but sunlight nevertheless. Then we headed down the overgrown path that we have taken before to get to a shelter. I painted these three from photographs that I took for reference. On the right is sunset at 2:30 PM from below the ridge and through the trees. Officially the sun was not setting until 5:35 or so, but from where we were at this point it was already slipping behind the nearby mountain top. On the right are two sketches of the shelter, which has picked up some holes where leaf packing seems to have blown off, but the shelter is still standing, and its underpinnings seem sturdy.
Tonight I made some Sculpey dice and stamped my totem prints on them. I'm not completely happy with the way the dice work, but I like the way the stamps print on the fired clay. I won't be doing much on them for the next week-- company coming tomorrow and staying through the weekend, but next week I'll get back on this project.
I may not get to post this week but will keep drawing; and if I don't post, I'll do a catch-up next week.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
At the bottom of this page are two twigs that have flowers blooming in mid-winter. The leather-leaf mahonia on the left usually blooms in early February here, but its yellow buds look poised to pop open. The heather always blooms all winter here, which made me curious about what pollinates it. The answer: along with a number of bees, moths, ants, and other insects, the wind pollinates it and also scatters the hundreds of seeds from each tiny blossom.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Joining the seeds and pod fragments are two Femo clay faces made by a woman at the Delany fair. She uses them as faces on spirit dolls that she makes, and she sold me these two dreamy ones that are like the sleeping seeds in deepest dark winter.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Drawing people, especially people that I know well and who are not holding frozen still, is a most interesting challenge. I'm trying to discern the minimum number of marks that will give sufficient information.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Sitting in the back row at Maya's middle school band recital this afternoon I started drawing the hairdos, since that's what I could see best from my perch in the dark. The bright pink at middle left is actually a knitted hat. Maya is at upper right, playing her flute in recital for the first time. She is easy to spot since she has dyed her hair light blue in the front.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Politely I poked my fork into one of the sweet potatoes, one of the few of these things that I trusted. Not bad, actually rather good, and so I kept on going. I was astonished at how good these unpromising things tasted! At the end of the meal I found myself popping a while garlic pod into my mouth and chasing it with a few capers and that slightly burnt curling onion sliver. Even the rosemary was perfect, the parsnips sublime. Everything was perfectly roasted and brushed with a lemon, olive oil, and caper vinaigrette-- not harsh or dry or bitter at all! I drew the last few things on my plate, and as I drew I popped them into my mouth. The garlic half looked like a lotus pod.
Friday, December 11, 2015
On the right are two more of the little hanks of wool, the top one in cadmium red and the bottom in crimson.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
this link. My charlottes are real charlottes but were factory rejects from a factory in Dresden, a fact that greatly enhances their poignancy, in my opinion.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
I love these old marbles from an antique store in Goshen, Indiana. They're made of some kind of rough ceramic and look like miniature globes.