Rocks as Canvas

I’ve been collecting flat rocks for a while now and putting them in the back of my car. Tonight, as I had nothing in mind, I thought I’d give a few of them a try. It’s interesting using something 3d to paint on for an experiment – texture becomes a challenge, coming up with something…

Night

One reason I’m glad I’m doing this project is that even when it’s late and I’ve done nothing creative during the day, it forces me to do something. I’m away from my supplies, I didn’t feel like writing much, so I pulled out my digital drawing pad and played with the tools. I trashed several…

Butterfly Charmer

This morning was all about the Waldo Canyon fire. Watching news, smelling smoke, looking at the haze cover and uncover Pikes Peak. By the afternoon I wanted to get away from it all, get outside and forget about fire for awhile. To escape the heat, going to ‘The Stream’ as it’s called here, helped clear…

Lemon Study

After taking pictures of the lemonade yesterday I kept out a lemon thinking it would be a fun thing to draw. I started this morning and then got distracted by current events. Have I already mentioned CO is on fire? It’s getting closer to home. Today a fire started at 1:00pm and by 10pm this…

Lemonade

I’ve had crazy full days since my arrival. Yesterday Quinn asked if he could join me on my walk and we laughed and chased each other while Bailey ran around us. This morning Isabella and I went and she held Bailey’s leash and decided where we went. Farmer’s market, lunch with my Dad and Renee…

Dimension

While I was driving I was looking at the landscape thinking about its dimensionality. Our brain sees depth and contours and fills in gaps. I thought a lot about how to make an eye see this on paper. I’ve never taken an art class past 6th grade required group chalk still life (I’m sure that’s…

I’m Here

Hmmmm….what to write about today. I’ll start by saying I made it as did Bailey who is currently crashed out on the floor near me and I think is happy not to be moving anymore. It was a hot and curvy day. The owners of the Legacy Inn where I stayed last night had thick…

Racing Trains

Yesterday, which I was too fried to write about, was magical. A slow meandering journey from Seattle to Pendleton through rain, sun and crazy wind. Driving up one of the passes I saw a flatbed truck carrying on old hitch wagon, ancient wheels locked down with rust and chains; the wood, weathered and cracked, made…

Happiness

This image isn’t something I drew but I did draw it…from a deck. The intention in my mind before I pulled the card was, “what is my symbol for my road trip?” The title of this is ‘happiness’ – I couldn’t have special ordered a better omen before my journey. Not to mention that it…

My Children

Today I had two momentous experiences with my children. First I spent the morning in Isabella’s classroom. Parents were ushered in to seats behind the younger kids. Once settled, Candace, the kids teacher for the last two years, pressed play on a tiny stereo and the kindergarten class filed in one by one, concentration clearly…

Angry Birds

Last week I did 6 little paintings of shoes for Isabella. I thought I’d see if Quinton wanted me to do some for him. He looked wary. “Of shoes?” “No. It could be anything. Dragons?” He got a polite smile, “Sure.” I tried again. “I could do Plants vs. Zombies.” That hit closer to the…

Memories in the Rubble

I’ve lived in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle for 13 years. I’ve frequented the parks, eaten at the restaurants, walked past the fire-gutted buildings after an arsonist torched several of Greenwood’s businesses, and I’ve shopped in the stores.  Earlier this year the local grocery closed its doors because Fred Meyer had plans to open a…

Pig Heart

Tonight I had the kids to myself for dinner. Quinton, my normally taciturn 8 year old, actually went on at length about something he did at school. I was all ears because the usual responses to my questions are invariably, “Good.” “Fine.” “I don’t know.” “I don’t remember.” But not today. In response to, “What…

Shoes 2

I couldn’t wait to revisit the shoes! I had so much fun with them. And I realized as I finished up tonight that I had an investment in the outcome because I want to give them to Isabella but I wasn’t tied to the outcome. Seeing as how disappointed I felt the last time I…

Shoes

Long before I had kids I managed a paint your own ceramics studio. One perk was getting to paint on imperfect pieces which couldn’t be sold. I did a series of shoe magnets and I still have them hanging on the fridge. Isabella, the older she gets, gravitates toward them more and more often. Since…