Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I don't know if you can see in the photos how Kasey's hair was standing on end. She was running around in her fleece pajamas on the carpet and was full of static eletricity. Then she would touch fingers with us, giggle, and run some more. I could hardly stand to hold my finger out, because I knew I was going to get zapped! But Kasey loved it. I guess it's time to get the humidifiers out
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I may just wind up wearing this piece of paper out! The top photo shows what the painting looked like yesterday. I wasn't happy with it. I thought it needed a foreground. To me, the trees looked like "midground", and I needed something closer. I took it to art group with me yesterday, for critique and advice from my fellow painters. Pam thought the trees were too dark and detracted from the mountains. So I scrubbed and lifted color today. I like it better, but I may try to throw some closer trees and rocks in front. By then, the paper should be totally worn out and I can quit.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
And what a lot of hair Barrie has!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Kasey is all set for Halloween, thanks to her Aunt Tracy. Tracy found this costume on EBay last year, and got it. When Barrie was little, she lived and breathed unicorns, so when Tracy saw this, she thought Kasey just had to be a unicorn. We had it last year, and it was way too big for Kasey. This year, it is almost too little.
Not much happened here today - I just stayed warm and tried to paint a little. Barrie is running her dogs almost every day now, about 20 miles.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I finished this painting of an old cabin in the snow this morning. The reference photo was from a slide I took years ago up the Pole Creek Road. I had written "Old Eckland Cabin", on the slide frame.
I am not very at good at painting snow, it is so hard for me, and I haven't practiced enough. This is probably the best job I have even done on snow.
Today I am going to work on the painting of the view from Tracy and Paul's deck. I'm not sure I can pull it off. It's not a good idea to attempt to make a painting look just like a photo.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I have finished the portrait of "Puppy" one of Barrie's race dogs. Barrie says his ears look funny, and she's right, they do. But then Puppy HAS funny looking ears. They just don't look funny like I made them funny.
Even though he's not on the race team, I want to do a drawing of this dog's father, "Skortch", because he has the same beautiful blue eyes.
Today I got up in the "finish things" mood. I have about 5 watercolors I have started and never finished. I'm sure I won't get to them all, but am making progress. I want them to either be "done" or "ruined".
The forecast today was for rain and wind. We've already had some rain, and the wind is coming up pretty hard.
Later: Now that this is posted and I look at Puppy on my computer screen, I immediately see that his eyes are looking two different directions! Also need more dark on the left side of his face, and something needs to be done where his neck starts under his muzzle. It's funny how those things jump out at you from the comuter screen.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Fremont Peak is still there! It kept disappearing into the clouds while I was up there trying to paint it.
I liked the way the clouds kept changing the lighting on the canyon.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sure missed Judi and Vicky at art group! But Pam was back, and very welcome. Pam spent her morning cleaning and arranging magazines on our bookshelf, and organizing other supplies. It took three of us to get the coffee made, and we need to put Vicky's phone number up with a little sign that says "for technical assistance call -----. And no one baked banana bread!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This is why I don't rake the leaves off my lawn in the fall!!
GOD said, " Frank, you know all about gardens and nature, what in the world is going on down there in the U.S.? What in the world happened to the dandelions, violets, thistles and the stuff I started eons ago. I had a perfect no maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of color by now. All I see are patches of green."
ST. FRANCIS said. " It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. They are called the Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass."
GOD asks, " Grass? But it is so boring, it's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, bees or birds, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want grass growing there?"
ST. FRANCIS said, " Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing it and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn."
GOD says, "The spring rains and the warm weather probably makes the grass grow really fast. That must make the suburbanites very happy.
ST. FRANCIS answers, " Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it has grown a little, they cut it---sometimes two times a week."
GOD asks, "They cut it? Do they bale it like hay?"
ST. FRANCIS answers, "Not exactly Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags."
GOD asks, "They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?"
ST. FRANCIS: No sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.
GOD said, " Now let me get this straight. They fertilize it to make it grow and when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?"
ST. FRANCIS: Yes, sir.
GOD said, "These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work."
ST. FRANCIS replys, "You aren't going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it."
GOD declares, "What nonsense! At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep the moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus as they rot, the leaves are compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life."
ST. FRANCIS replys, "You'd better sit down Lord. As soon as the leaves fall, the Suburbanites rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away."
GOD responds, "No way!! What do they do to protect the shrubs and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?"
ST. FRANCIS answers, "After throwing the leaves away they go out and buy something called mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves."
GOD asks, "And where to they get this mulch?"
ST. FRANCIS explains, " They cut down the trees and grind them up to make mulch."
GOD says, " Enough!! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?
ST. CATHERINE answered, "Dumb and Dumber Lord. It's a real stupid movie about..........................
GOD interrupts, "Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis!"
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here is a leaf I photographed laying on my roof. Taken from the upstairs window. I like taking these kind of photos.
I am watching "Judge Judy" on TV. I love her. She is so obnoxious, rude, and insulting to people. What does that say about my personality?
Monday, October 19, 2009
It is now about 1:00, andJulie has called Barrie to tell her Kasey threw up - so Barrie went to pick her up. Kasey told her mom the whole story about how she was coughing and coughing and the milk came out her nose and on her plate and on her shirt.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Today was Jackson Locker Plant day, for Barrie to pick up meat scraps for her sled dogs.
This chickadee thinks the best way to get at the suet cake is from the bottom. I have tried to photograph him with the window open, but he wouldn't come in to eat. Today I finally gave up and took the picture through the glass.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Have fun my friends!! You are seeing some incredible sights.
Barrie made hotcakes and bacon for breakfast this morning. Kasey helped stir the pancake batter. She was sure dragging when she got home last night, but seems to feel much better today.
Barrie went out to run her dogs early this morning. I got up at 9:00 and heard Kasey kind of singing and talking to herself, and didn't even know Barrie was gone. Barrie was home soon and got her up. Barrie had come up early, before daylight, and turned the baby monitor on by my bed. But it had turned just far enough to the wall that I never noticedd the little red light was on.
Barrie took a video from the seat of the four wheeler while she was running the team this morning. It about made me dizzy, but was really pretty good. Kasey loved watching the dogs run, and is really ready for her ride. Barrie has to find a helmet for her first.
Friday, October 16, 2009
I took more photos at the dog lot for drawing reference photos. Kasey and I followed in the pickup and took more pictures.
Skortch and Puppy, father and son. Puppy outgrew his father!
Barrie should have known better than to take me by this old cabin out by Soda Lake. Of course I stopped and photographed it. Then I didn't see which way she and the dogs went, and I drove back along the fence. That area is covered with two track roads. I should have followed the other trail when I saw her off across a dried up pond, because she was going to take Kasey with her on the four wheeler into the dog lot. Bummer! Kasey would have been so happy! Grandma goofed.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I get a "funny picture of the day" on my Google page, and today I saved three traffic signs to post. I thought about Rollie and Judi on their trip, and hope they don't come across too many signs like these!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It must be winter, because I made a big pot of potato soup today. Kasey and I had seconds. My potato soup is one of those things that tastes better warmed up the next day - and the day after that. Real comfort food. I put noodles in my potato soup. My first husband taught me how to make it. Turns out my stepdaughter makes it that way, and her mom (the first wife) makes it that way, and we all make it that way because that's the way the Grandmother made it. Tracy makes it that way too.
This is the fancy wooden box of colored pencils that I have started to use, and it is giving me headaches! I can't sharpen them without the lead breaking. I have figured out that my old pencils are not breaking, and that probably this box was dropped and they are broken to start with. Also, when I look at the ends, the "leads" don't look like they are centered in the wood casing. Bummer! I purchased them too long ago to even find out where I bought them.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Dave is here putting the trim on the back door, and will be finished. I will wait until summer to paint the trim. The door looks great, and the window is much larger than in the old door.
Monday, October 12, 2009
This is the old door. If you look closely, you can see a white line along the side of the door starting just below the door handle. That is air - outside air!
Here is one of the new windows. They are so nice! they are vinyl, so will never have to be painted. They have double panes, of course, and close tightly. Barrie will have to use the electric heater back there some, but it seemed to me this morning that it was not very cold in there, with the door open.
Meet Puppy, my next target for a colored pencil dog portrait. I really liked the one I did first of Lucy, but the second one I did will probably go to the trash.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Dave C. came yesterday to start on replacing windows and doors. He got one window in yesterday, another one today, and they look so good. He is working on getting the old window out of the other bedroom right now, and it isn't going as well. He says it was put in backwards. I always feel like I need to apologize to Dave when he works on my house. Dave did the big remodeling job on my upstairs a few years ago., and did such a good job. He had to contend with crooked walls, sagging ceilings, etc.
I worked on the painting of the old lantern yesterday in art group, and it is not going well. Once again, the background wood and the lantern are the same value. I may have to start something entirely new to get enthused about painting!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I am beginning to wonder if maybe Kasey and Kat may become friends! Kasey was coloring on the floor, and Kat seemed fascinated with it. Kasey giggled - I think she liked the "help".
I am trying to do a few portraits of some of the sled dogs. I got my colored pencils out again. This is Lucy.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Then you stir and taste.