Friday, December 30, 2005

Truth? Or Fiction?

I was inspired by Danny Gregory’s little drawing exercise: He drew an apple as he ate it. You know, you draw, take a bite, draw what it looked like after that bite, take another bite (chew), draw again, until you end up with just a core of an apple. This series of drawings is on the back of his book. Pretty cool.

So, my problem with this is, what?, that I tend to eat fairly often in the car? (I can eat and drive, but not eat, drive and draw)? Or that I’m too embarrassed to record what a messy eater I am? Or embarrassed to record the weird food that I’m living off of?, or the very real hazard for me of using containers that looks like drinking mugs ... to hold water to clean my brushes?

Do you remember the whole gouache discussion? The hazard with eating and painting at the same time is compounded by the fact that ... gouache is more opaque (than, say, watercolors).. So, as you swish off your brush to clean it between colors, all the pigments that comes off your brush mix together and make this really neutral .. brown. Sort of, no, not just sort of, but very much like the neutral brown color of coffee, just the way I’d be drinking it, with lots of cream and sugar. I realized very quickly that if I wasn’t careful, I’d end up cleaning my brushes in hot coffee, or drinking cold, watery gouache paint residue.

Either way, not so good.

So anyway, back to the drawing exercise. I threw caution to the wind and did this little series a while back. I figured this way I was safe; wouldn’t mistake my paint water for, you know, a bottle of beer.
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Things seemed to start out well, but ... I dunno... I don’t remember much past the third or fourth drawing. And then things got really fuzzy... and, gee, my head kinda started to hurt... and I don't actually remember how I finished the drawing..

(“Hey, do you guys think this is for real? Or is she kidding?”)


I could tell you..

... but then I'd have to kill you.

Try some for yourself

Watching the game, part I

In the "You had to be there" department:

"Gasp! It's ... The Rock!"

click here for history of The Rock

It's much better looking in person...

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Almost 2006

Hope you all enjoyed the holidays. When I get well, I'm going to have to run off all those cookies! Yum! :)

Wishing you all a very bright and warm 2006. May the new year bring great adventures, unexpected friendships, new journeys and lots of memories to share.

A few more niblets


I'm going to try and post what I've scanned already but haven't gotten around to posting yet ... before the new year starts. Aaaaaaaa! Here we go!

This was from earlier in the year.. the view from my window at work.

You know, there are people who tell me.. "You really need a hobby..."

Friday, December 16, 2005

Random niblets

W: If people are discombobulated, can they be combobulated, too?
Is velcro considered a mechanical fastener?
If a tree falls in the forest, but nobody is there to hear it ...

T: Why do they call them Apartments when they are so close together? ....

J: To that point then... what is a ment? And perhaps saying togetherments was just too hard to say?

M: So, to continue the thread: If you eat pasta, then antipasta, will you still be hungry?

W: Only if it's Chinese noodles. Then you'll probably be hungry again in 20 minutes.

It's not like I don't have any company, thinking up these random thoughts..

Sunday, December 04, 2005

More niblets, in the bag

Peach gummi rings, gummi bears (I keep typing "bummi...") and rootbeer jelly bellies (they didn't have banana; I would have gotten some of those, too. Have you noticed that there's a real recurring banana theme going on here? ...)

"What's with the sand?"

I’m back! I still have to download and resize my photos and write and write and write. Here’s a sketch, though, from the beach at Kaanapali. :)

Getting back into my routine: Hard runs at the gym late at night during the week ... and long, long walks on Sunday mornings at the beach and home for pancakes! And drawing and enjoying everyday things.

And, finally, after stopping to take a good look at it, this is why eating can be a tricky proposition around my table...