Shootings

Today there were two shootings in Seattle. Five people are dead and another critically wounded. I have an acquaintance who knew two of the deceased and while I didn’t know anyone involved, I’m finding it difficult to concentrate on life-as-normal. Morbid thoughts don’t tend to stick to me but I can’t seem to stop thinking,…

Collage

For the past several years it has become policy that whenever a person leaves the agency I work for each person creates a scrapbook page for them. It gets compiled into a lovely book they get to walk away with. This one was a challenge for me because it’s the first thing I’ve done to…

More Book

I have to admit, working on the book about Spain doesn’t make for much of a blog. I spent my time chasing down some missing pictures* and gathering info from Spain and then settled in to do another couple of pages. That’s my offering today. *These same images have gone missing several times (not the…

Spain Book

That title, Spain Book, sounds ways more impressive than what I did today. I want to compile all the recipes, tips and photos from Spain into one piece. And also I want to use up a Living Social deal to get a hardcover book from Shutterfly before it expires in June. Really this works as…

My Night

I’m not exactly sure what I envisioned my evening being like but I’m pretty sure it didn’t involve my daughter doing any of the following: yelling “I DON’T LIKE YOU ANYMORE” in my face at the dinner table storming around the house screaming and tipping things over throwing a cat scratch-post down the hall bellowing…

Revisting Yesterday’s Painting

I had more free time than normal today and I thought I’d jump into some project but each time I went near my little space the painting I did yesterday was sitting there. It’s almost like it was glowing or pulsing at a frequency specially made for me to notice. i avoided the area. Checked…

Over Tinkered

Last night when Quinn was supposed to be in bed he wandered down to my little studio and was fascinated. “Can I help.” “Yes. Tomorrow. Now is time to be in bed.” “But….” and his negotiator kicked into high gear trying to  convince me about why he should be able to stay and help. It…

Flower Press

Tonight I once again experienced the post-dinner oh-crap-what-creative-thing-am-I-going-to-do and headed to my scrap pile to look for something. I found 5 pieces of corrugated cardboard all the same size. This, for some reason, brought to mind the roses that Isabella picked out for me on Mother’s Day and voila, I had my inspiration. I retrieved…

Pictures at the Farm

Today was the annual end-of-year school potluck at the farm the school owns. It’s a sweet day of sitting on a blanket chatting with other adults while the children run to who-knows-where with their friends and you don’t worry about them because it’s a farm that they know better than the adults do. I brought…

Inkblot

I’m feeling highly unmotivated today. And yet, despite being tired, cranky, busy, motivated (or un, as the case is now), or happy, I’ve managed to make it 31 days. It’s good. I’ve stuck to my rules. I guess it’s nice when the rules for a project are ones you’ve set for yourself because you get…

Gardening my mind

You know that special kind of day when the sun crystallizes everything it touches? And you feel a certain amount of clarity that escapes you on grey soggy days? Today, people said hello. Smiles more than frowns passed me.     At the park I experienced a moment of grace when I happened to look…

Love

Somehow I’ve got to shift these posts to an earlier time of the day because taking pictures of them at night in the area where I do most of the work ends up giving them a yellow cast. But maybe I shouldn’t admit that. Maybe I should be saying, “I mean it to look that…

Mother’s Day

Returning home from my sister’s graduation to a beautiful Seattle day I played with my camera and the kids in the backyard while they ran through the sprinkler. I wanted to capture motion and their fun personalities. I also couldn’t pass up my dog resting on the hammock after wearing herself out trying to catch…

Pinning Ceremony

Today was my sister’s pinning ceremony. She’s, in her words, “no longer a student but not yet a registered nurse.” She made it through 2 years of a brutal schedule with 3 kids and a husband also in school. She’s been amazing to watch and I’m happy I was able to be at her ceremony.…

Sorry for your loss

I’m frozen standing in the card section of the grocery store There are no small cards in the sympathy card isle Only ones giant with blank, glaring white space and I can’t possibly fill it with anything that will make a difference My stillness is stark against the motion of people walking past me selecting…

Garden Fresh

Today a friend pulled fresh radishes from his garden and gave them to me. I couldn’t resist them and were perfect for my project, they were so delightfully red and round. I played in my sketch book, trying different mediums and techniques. I felt like a kid coloring…I guess that’s why I’m doing this. Tibbs,…

Blind drawing

This is a blind contour drawing of Tibbs while in motion, Tibbs with her giant constantly-startled-look eyes. I think it’s a good exercise for me because if I’m not looking at the page how could I expect the drawing to be life-like? That’s right, I can’t. So my critic can rail all it likes about…

Lingering Images

My post today is a first draft of my thoughts,trying to capture my experience in Spain. I’m home now. The jet-lag haze has almost completely disappated leaving only hints of exhaustion. Now my mind can return and linger on things I don’t want to forget from Spain, like the lovely quiet. I saw no TV…