Friday, March 30, 2007

New work on Etsy!

New Paper Doll originals by me at my Etsy sight!

Cold but gorgeous day!

It is such a beautiful blue sky out there as I write, that I wonder what I'm even doing here sitting in front of the computer screen. Oh, yes...finishing my coffee. I ran out of creamer so it's black. I don't like milk in my coffee and use soy creamer. But I had some bread and butter with it so it's not too acidic.

I feel out of sorts as the kids I tutor are moving and they have become good friends, actually. I'll miss them. But the good news is I'll be able to visit them once they are all settled.

As for me, I'm clearing more junk and should be doing that right now. In fact, I will be going out in a minute. I'm actually waiting for my allergy pills to kick in. Okay, pure coffee is not good and I'm throwing out this batch. YUCK!

Oh, and for those wondering, yes I create all the collaged photos myself. I really enjoy working with vintage photos and this is one way I can get some amazing effects (and hopefully some humorous ones too) just by working with photoshop and the ol' imagination. :)

Well, I'm off! Have a Great Friday everyone!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

At about 10, Nelson began to suspect

that he may have been adopted...and Clara was not his fraternal twin.


Nelson, originally uploaded by emily999.

That crazy dog of ours...


I've been clearing out the garage...which is no easy task, let me tell you. Esp. with two little ones running about. The good news is I got a lot of stuff out and in the trash pile. I even found lots of missing things, oddly enough. The bad news is this is only the beginning. The cement floor in there is so corroded and crumbly we'll have to lay new cement. Then I'll have to get shelves/paint and do that stuff too. I've been trying to clear space out because it's time to do this big time. We've been living here for nearly four years (or is it four years??) and I still have boxes to unpack and my bike to find in the madness.

I dropped off a huge stack of cardboard at the recyclers. When I came home I had another box filled with cardboard and after I moved some stuff again, I found another huge box filled with even more cardboard boxes! Gees! So, I probably have to make at least two more trips to the recycling. Also, we found out we can drop off a huge bunch of stuff to the garbage people for a small fee. This is great news and I've got quite a bit ready to go. I may do this once a month till the garage is near empty and the basement is too. It pays to call and ask...

Well, I'm starting to feel the effects of two days cleaning. My back is giving me twinges of, "what have you done?" I think I will be going a little easier on the cleaning out part.

tea dear?

tea dear?, originally uploaded by emily999.

Have a Happy Spring!

Playing around with photoshop...I love this medium. :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


A quick post...

I'm debating whether or not to pierce my ears. I have never done this and a part of me is quite scared (I HATE needles...the other day, I had to have some skin tags removed and they gave each one a shot...Yuck). Anyway, I had bought some beautiful earrings in the hope of converting them to clip-on's but never went that far as I didn't want to damage them. Then, I see this at Modish. Talk about gorgeous earrings! Again the temptation but do I really want to have another thing to maintain and worry about infection? Why aren't there any beautiful clip-on earrings??

Spring weather

It warmed up yesterday. I can't believe it but it was humid and a bit hot. For some reason, this didn't bother me in the least. In fact, I relished it and felt so comfortable. Everyone else seemed to complain (of course, wearing sweaters and working at the hottest part of the day will do that to you). My joints in my hands complained a bit but Motrin helped with that. Still, I felt a bit stiff practicing the guitar.

The gals and I walked home from the grand-folks and attracted our first wasp. Norrie had chocolate on her face/hands and we wore these big hats which basically told the wasp, "giant sweet smelling flower ahead!" I almost had a panic attack but got the wasp off the hat and we started running. The little bugger tried to follow us (!) and finally caught a breeze and the dazed wasp flew away. Yikes! I am not usually that lucky with wasps. In California, a friend and I had been hiking in the arroyo and stumbled upon a wasp (or hornet) lair. Let's just say, these guys followed us back for miles as we ran like mad. We were stung probably about 50-100 times. I swelled up all over and felt really sick. After the welts subsided, I itched like crazy and had quite a few bruises. Let's just say a part of me will never feel 100% calm around insects. It took years to even get to the point of looking at an insect. Oddly, I did a painting of a wasp about 5 or so years ago and was able to see the beauty of their shape/colors. I found, in doing my study of wasps, they are amazingly constructed and evolved. If I wasn't afraid they'd sting me, I'd think it was quite funny how they are attracted by scents...the chocolate and at other times they really like lemon chicken! I remember going out with my sister and her family, and we brought some chicken to eat outside. The wasps came right up as if they were part of the picnic! So, we learned another lesson there. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and we just left an offering of chicken for them.

Now that I live in the East, I know not to go around fruit trees in the near end of summer when there are rotting fruits on the ground (wasps love this) and to wander about with anything sweet smelling on or near us. I basically gave up perfume.

Anyway, the weather was amazing yesterday. It is so odd how there can be such humidity and then within minutes a thunder storm and rain pouring down. I love this. It really cleans things up. It can make a depressed street seem to be washed away of any blight, and after these showers all streets seem fresh and full of so much potential. I love that.

The other day, we stumbled on an interesting show called American Experience "The Carter Family". I felt so drawn by the story and lives of people in this family. It amazed me because the tie for them was art, namely music. They sang about what was happening in their world during the Depression and I was reminded of a lot of what is happening to a lot of us, in the US, today. Certainly, we don't suffer nearly as much as our grandparents did back then (thank God). Still, there are signs pointing us in a similar direction with our economics. Most obvious is the need to have things regulated very strictly in business. I am reminded of the cat and dog food industry that recently allowed rat poison to leak into their products. What if this had been for people? Horrible. And I think this is why there needs to be more outrage at this problem. It's not just about pets but about the welfare to people.

Another recent problem was with credit card companies making deals with each other and our government to double fees if a person is late on a totally different credit card. This fraudulence is not right and apparently, now that we have some Democrats in office, guess who are changing their policies? Yep. Interesting, isn't it? If we don't have regulations (or even the threat of regulation) on these topics, people will get greedy and hurt as many people in their money lust.

Going back to The Carter Family, it's sad that where I live, there is such little respect for such past music or bluegrass or even alternative music on the radio. There is just a bunch of the weaker junk filtered from the big cities. It's very sad as listening to these classics, I am impressed by several things (I’ve listened to quite a few on Pandora). First, is the social consciousness by means of religious songs and lyrics. It's amazing to hear people sing about true events such as the suffering people went through by labor and economics. One song, Keep on the Sunny Side, is quite amazing because it acknowledges the pain and sorrow of the times but emphasizes how we need to focus on hope. I find the meanings still relevant today.

There's a dark & a troubled side of life
There's a bright, there's a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho' the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care

At one time, I'd have had issue to religious imagery but now I feel like when I read these words, they are talking about Love. And I can agree with that. :) Anyway, this song amazes me with its tone of courage and strength.

Monday, March 26, 2007


Crocus, originally uploaded by emily999.

a mossy find

a mossy find, originally uploaded by emily999.


Caterpillars, originally uploaded by emily999.

Painted Ladys to be...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sittin' by the piano on a Saturday night

Friday, March 23, 2007

Walking the yard...

picking up trash. There is SO much litter now that the snows have melted (finally). I got one whole bag of garbage and there is still more under the bare brances and brush. We also walked to Keith Field the other day in the brief amount of sunlight and picked up some broken snow toys and put them in the garbage. I sort of wanted to take them home and break them apart into some artwork. But I chickened out. Oh ,well...there is always more junk out there.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Fairy cat child

Fairy cat child, originally uploaded by emily999.

Illustration Friday word: Total

Something for Spring...
Hopefully, this will be the total amount of rabbits in our garden this year!
I think I need to make more rabbit paintings. These make me feel happy. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

guinea pig collage

guinea pig collage, originally uploaded by emily999.

I have a headache

Sorry for being such a big complainer lately...but I feel icky and crabby. My head is still suffering from a cold/allergy combo, I guess. There aren't any flowers out yet and when the door is open it feels like we live on a glacier with snow/ice melting but still very cold. At least it's sunny.

I have to venture out soon and get my allergy shot and pick-up Jon's package from the post. I feel so crabby I don't want to do anything. I think I might not try to submit for the local juried show as I feel like the slides won't get here in time. I guess I'm depressed about that too. There is just so much cost to submit/frame the stuff. Very annoying and I feel like my energy is too low. I think having to take care of the gals straight for a month, worrying for loved ones, and just the change in weather is taking it's toll. Don't get me started on house cleaning/care. Maybe the allergy shot will make me feel a bit better but anyone who knows me, knows how much I enjoy shots. ugh.

I would love to spend some time doing some art work but I feel like I'm fractured into several pieces with tending the gals (who are playing somewhat quietly in their room right now) and life. I guess this is the feeling that most women/men who stay at home feel. I even felt like "Oh, another day of cleaning/etc." I tried to ignore this feeling but it's there and I feel sort of caught between worlds. I don't think anyone is meant to do just one thing for a long period of time. It would be maddening and frustrating.

I guess being sick has brought this all out as I can only do small projects at a time and would really like to spend two-three hours a day to get these things done. There comes a time when you've thought about something enough and you have to act.

In other news, I'm 3/4 finished with my Graphic Novel. I can't believe it but it's there. I've started the annoying task of putting it on the computer for 1st editing. The good thing is I've got all the books I need to start putting my research in there and then the best part of illustrating! I just wish I had more time...but it will happen and it will be finished/published. I've already decided that if I don't get accepted by a publisher, I will be self publishing.

Oddly, having typed this out my headache has lightened up a tad. Curious...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

sweet baby

sweet baby, originally uploaded by emily999.

tea adventure

tea adventure, originally uploaded by emily999.

Windy and cold but warming up

Does that make sense? Well, we finally are moving towards rain and warmer temps but with this brings the Spring winds. I don't really care for wind. Jon loves it. I feel like it goes right into my ears and gives me a head cold, again. I need to find a cap to keep the old noggin warm.

I thought Jon was going to stay home as he was getting a cold but amazingly he did a lot better after sleeping for 9 hours. So, that helped. I'm still recovering but am getting better. Norrie is over her cold but I think Lydia is still muddling through.

This has got to be the best Winter yet with getting sick. We must be getting used to living here or else are extra careful with the gremmies. Apparently, markets are the greatest arbores of germs and the ones that make most people sick. Thank goodness most markets have sanitary wipes for the carts. I really think this helps big time. I need to wipe everything down with a bit of alcohol in the house next.

Even though it's windy and muddy, I look forward to the rain. I WANT TULIPS! I want all the bulb plants to come out and see the colors. It's driving me nuts to read various blogs and hear about all the gorgeous plants out. But good things come to those who wait...grumble, grumble.

I'm having panic attacks...I have so many people to get gifts/make gifts and so on for. I feel a bit overwhelmed. After this month, I am going to try and organize everything. I think I will create a post center with a list for the month of B-days, etc. I hope to the stars I do this as I even woke up sweating about late cards and packages.

On a calmer note, I finished some mint tea right now. I love mint tea. It's mellow taste relaxes me and usually makes tummy ickies go away. Plus, I have fond memories of my dad breathing in warm tea steam to relieve decongestant. That old towel over a steaming pot of water...and it actually is a very good and healthy way to ease sinus pain.


Jon got me this beautiful plant last year and it's survived. So, I will need to get a few more of these and I will have color all year. I'm truly amazed by this little plant...the blooms fell off and I thought it was dying but to my surprise it came back with new blooms! Amazing. It's called Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana. It has deep green glossy leaves as well as beautiful peach colored blooms.

I'm trying to work on my photography skills...a working camera will do that to you. I still would like to get a scope as I like photographing animals in nature and I'm starting to see how having a steady tri-pod is a plus. All in time and according to the pocket book.

A collage:

Free form collages I'm creating. I'm working with shape and trying not to think about the image per se. I want the piece to have a playful yet serious aspect...sort of a double look/take from the viewer.

A mixed-medium I'd like to enter at the local juried art show if I ever get the slides made. This slide thing is getting to me. Most places don't request slides and will have you send in work on CD or a jpeg. Just part of the annoying stuff of being an artist, I guess. Must be still tired out from that cold.

Sneak peak at a collaged piece I'm working on. It's fairly large at 4 by 3 feet and will be growing.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Blizzard out

Good grief! Spring officially starts on the 20th and what do I see outside? White medium to heavy snow and at times ice. It's March, I suppose...Oddly, my seedlings have begun to sprout in their protected starter pots...the first to wake up is Blue Bonnets! Well, by this weekend it's supposed to get in the 50's.

I spent this weekend I spent mostly recovering from a cold. Today I feel a lot better. Now, I know why I drove so badly on Friday. I thought it was just the ice but I kept getting panicy and nervous...not my calm self and it was because I had a fever/cold coming on.

I was supposed to mail some work out today but this snow is awful and no way am I going out with two little ones and a sicky me. So, inside I'll stay till tomorrow.

I made Albondigas soup for dinner yesterday. I used turkey instead of beef and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. I thought it was good for a cold day. Then, I practiced guitar w/ dad-in-law and did some art at the table while Jon finished up some reading for work.

The gals were really good and so funny. They have their ways of getting attention and if they get enough attention, they are fine. I guess that's how everyone works, really.

Then I got a call from my mom and we talked till 2:30 am in the morning! We can talk for 3 hours straight and not lose steam. lol.

Well, I think one of my little ones is sick and has a fever. Poor dear. She feels really warm. I'm going to try and put her down for a nap.

I was supposed to finish photographing a few paintings today and send out for slides but looks like that will happen tonight or tomorrow. Oh, dear.

I have to say talking with people you really love, makes you feel so much better. Funny how that works.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

collection detail

collection detail, originally uploaded by emily999.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Getting better

Some good news:
J. has survived the operation and is doing much better than hoped. Amazingly, the doctors removed his temporal lobe down to the brain stem. I'm in shock, still. Jon is amazed and glad his dear friend is still with us. They couldn't get all the cancer out and basically said it's about quality of life now. I'm praying for J.'s wife and child. We're glad something could be done and hope for the best.

All the stress has gotten to me and I've been struck by a cold. If that's the least I'm suffering with, thank the stars and all that is Good. This has dampened my creativity although I really, really wanted to make things. How good it feels to work with my hands...even in cleaning.

On a side note, our caterpillars are all alive and growing at amazing speed! I think it's quite an amazing process to see them growing and know that change will happen so very soon into beautiful butterflies. How funny that these cute/ugly little caterpillars will change into magnificent butterflies. A part of me is amazed and another is a bit repulsed at their wiggle selves. Plus, they are ever spinning hammocks to rest in after they eat. And of course, the girls LOVE them. Both gals love to watch them move about and have given them various names. I have to remind them to be gentle as they can forget and be rough. Otherwise, they are pretty good with the Painted Ladys.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Wooden doll

Wooden doll, originally uploaded by emily999.

One of my little wooden dolls...I'm making more of these, slowly.

New Quilt "Bluebirds of happiness"

Just for me...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

more work

I really need to photograph everything I'm doing. I'm surprised sometimes. When I'm in the zone, I can do quite a bit. Now, if I had several hours a day to myself, I'd probably do even more but as it is, the hour Jon gave me was enough for today.

On the way up from the studio in the basement, my slipper slipped off and I nearly broke my neck. But all I have is a sore neck and a slightly twisted ankle. No more slippers to work.

I know I've mentioned this before (or have I?). If I don't do some studio time, I feel so utterly frustrated and impatient. I feel so much better now. Of course, I would love to spend a few days just painting and experimenting but as it is, I'm glad to have some personal time.

Besides nearly breaking a part of me on the steps, I got my allergy shot, drove around the with the kids, forget where I was driving and had to go back only to get after school traffic (whoopee) and finally got some paint for Lydie's room and a few boards to paint on. This does not sound like much but with two kids who actually say, "Mommy, I told you, I told you, you were going the wrong way", or "Mommy, you were supposed to dress us warmer. Now I'm cold and shivery!" The guilt and annoyance is doubled by avid talkers...And these avid talkers only want to talk to me, apparently. We were trying out the child care at the market (thank the Gods) and they wouldn't say a peep. Reminds me of that cartoon with the frog that only sings and dances for one person. That's me...

Anyway, the weather is warmer for a few days at least and my knees and joints are groaning. But there isn't any Spring flowers, so at least that's good. I hope to God that my allergy shots are worth something...

I was a bit embarrassed...Norrie said, "Eye buggers" at the allergist but I guess it's true. And she commented on the strange vegetable soup smell in the's always there. Maybe talking to just me, isn't so bad.

We're trying out public school come Fall. It's official. I'm nervous and scared and slightly paranoid. But at least I know myself, a bit. I hope this works and I hope I can trust everyone there.

I'm going to work on getting some photos (besides the juried show) and share them. Time for dinner...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Being busy...

Feels like the first official day of Spring and have this dread feeling for Jon's friend, J. It's so beautiful and warm...seems like nature is trying to be kind with us for once.

I just gave Odie his first bath since last Fall. He got a warm sprinkling from the sprizter and really ruffled up his feathers in joy! Giving a cockatiel a bath is one of the best experiences of having a bird. All my birds loved this...he's no exception. :)

Next, have to clean out the rat cages and think about getting a bigger/easier to clean cage. We shall see. The rat grrls are doing good and I think having two per cage might be the best for them.

I'm proactive on Lydie's room...finished priming and now will start that awful ceiling (really looks bad from the roof repair two years ago). Then, I'll have to get some of the colors she wants and start the official painting. I want to get this done. Then, it's the rest of the house...bathroom, Norrie's room, trim, etc,etc. Lots to do.

I have to finish photographing a few paintings and get them made into slides for an upcoming juried show in town. Then, I will photograph a bunch of my other projects and start sending to galleries/print places I have been researching. I feel good in this department.

At the moment, I feel tired. This stupid time change really is annoying and I'm worried about J. and it's annoying how the house feels cold even though it's 60 (!) outside.

Last night, the gals and I started seedlings and we did more today. I'm going to have to set up some shelves in the girls rooms or some place warm/safe or else I won't have anything growing. Another reason to enclose the front porch.

I think I'll make some coffee and keep cleaning/straightening up. It's amazing how much mud comes in...yuck.

Canoe creek path

Canoe creek path, originally uploaded by emily999.

frozen lake

frozen lake, originally uploaded by emily999.

bits of Spring peeking

bits of Spring peeking, originally uploaded by emily999.

Monday, March 12, 2007

new work on ebay

A dear friend of Jon's is going into surgery tomorrow. We're praying for him as it's a brain tumor that keeps coming back.

Traditional Blessing and Healing Chant

Just as the soft rains fill the streams,
pour into the rivers, and join together in the oceans,
so may the power of every moment of your goodness
flow forth to awaken and heal all beings--
those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

By the power of every moment of your goodness,
may your heart's wishes be soon fulfilled
as completely shining as the bright full moon,
as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.

By the power of every moment of your goodness,
may all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.
May no obstacle come across your way.
May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

For all in whose heart dwells respect,
who follow the wisdom and compassion, of the Way,
may your life prosper in the four blessings
of old age, beauty, happiness and strength.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Quote of the day:

The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1833

Friday, March 09, 2007


Feeling a tad tired, it's late and we had a long day. I'm glad it's come to quiet time now.

I watched the film "King of Hearts"...interesting as it's very anti-war and shows how ridiculous/absurd war can be. How, when "rational men" pledge and plan and end of killing themselves for war, it is the "crazy" ones who are gentle and kind which really make the most sense. Interesting and colorful film.

Jon fell asleep halfway thru it. I enjoyed it and finally started looking past the slightly annoying portrayal of people in asylums (really went overboard with the idealistic/child-like/all knowing POV) and started to see the film more for it's message than a realistic representation. The last line was beautiful and very poetic, "The best adventures are a walk through a window".


Went to the library and picked up a few books. Mostly craft books and fun things like how to make a hand harp, etc. One had lovely illustrations with ballet stories that sounded enchanting and sad. And still another was on dolls. We were in the children's section and came late but looks as if there weren't many kids to begin with (homeschool day). Who could blame anyone? The sun was out and though it was cold, it was shimmering out.


I got a small science project for the gals. We got caterpillars! I'm excited about this and the gals are thrilled. At first I thought the caterpillar’s were frozen as the box was left out but the little guys seem to be alive. One moved around at least. I hope they all develop well. It seems strange to have butterfly caterpillars in the kitchen...and one called "The Painted Lady" no less.


Well, I best go to bed. But one last thing...a good quote for the day or night,

"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is."
German Proverb

Thought this was so, so true...

Thursday, March 08, 2007


I made the mistake of reading the news headlines today...and worse, reading about several families that were destroyed by a fire. I could barely read the first few lines but all in all, nine died. Eight were children. A terrible feeling of sickness and sorrow consumed me and I had to write about this. I did not know how I felt about sharing a poem I've written. I have a few spread out on the net but for some reason it seems/feels/is so personal to me.

I debated whether or not to share it. And finally, I felt I had to. It's one of creative outlets...I hope you don't mind.

Mother’s sorrow, a World’s loss

I heard of eight children perishing in a fire and one adult.
Nine lives disappeared.
A fire, neglect, poverty, ignorance, fate? I cried and raged.

Where are the safety for our poor and needy?
Why are we so quick to judge those born in poverty?

How do we end it? How do we make it equal and fair and have some justice?

How do we reduce the screams of mothers on a bitterly cold night…

“My children are in there! My children are in there! Help me!”

Why don’t we listen? Why don’t we?

Have we lost our sights and become hardened souls that only can mutter,
"It's not my business,"… "It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people's. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!” *
I have not forgotten or ignored them. I am one of them, least I forget.
No matter the faces, the skin color, the stance in life...
I am a mother.
I am a mother.
*(Scrooge’s answer on the state of the poor, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
I know that money does not solve problems but to those in real need, it does help a tiny bit. I'm not a religious person and often I feel like these things are so unjust and so unfair to happen to those who struggle the most and I hate using petty words of consolation. But there is the story of Job and all he lost. And how, one day after all his hardship he got back most of what was lost. Still, I think Job cried so much even with a new family...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

red squirrel and the pine cone

red squirrel and the pine cone, originally uploaded by emily999.

Monday, March 05, 2007


Brown Eyes

He's got his own sense of style
He's got a seldom seen smile
He's got a mystery mind
But he'll let you see it


He can rain he can rain
on the sunniest day
And he fights and he fights
just to do it his way
He can't hit a ball
but he still wants it all
He's a lot like his dad in that way

But he's mine all mine
'til the end of the line
'til he up and decides
to go his own way
And I'd give my life for him
I'd gladly die
Suddenly I realize
I've always wanted brown eyes

She's got a butterfly's kiss
She's kinda hard to resist
She's got
pink tights with a hole
She's got an old woman's soul
She'd been telling me jokes
since she slept in a crib
She'll squeeze you so tight
you think you'll break a rib

She's scared of the night
'cause she holds things inside
Too much like her dad in that way

But she's mine all mine
'til the end of the line
'til some silly boy
tries to take her away
And I'd give my life for her
I'd glady die
Suddenly I realize
I've always wanted brown eyes

Half of the reason
they're here is a girl with really strong genes
and really soft curls
I slip into darkness
She whispers to me
You've just go to
let them be
who they're gonna be

And they're mine
all mine
'til the end of the line
Those three pairs of eyes
look at me in that way
And I'd give my life for them
I'd gladly die
Suddenly I realize
I've always wanted brown eyes

Looks like I've got my brown eyes

Bacon Brothers

Just thinking of how things are changing in our little family. For me, this would be blue eyes...

Sunday, March 04, 2007

through the dollhouse

through the dollhouse, originally uploaded by emily999.

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Snow, originally uploaded by emily999.

This is the snow that was falling...huge flakes. Felt like a snowglobe for a bit there.

Seeing things in a different light...

I was reading a pamphlet on American Painting 1830-1940 at the Adamson -Duvannes Galleries and came across an excerpt from the painter Emile Gruppe. He did primarily boat paintings. Not that I was entirely enamored with boats per se, but I like to see the thoughts of artists if at all possible. He wrote/said something that will, most likely, forever change my view of paintings of boats. "Be decisive when you draw the masts first; the design they make against the sky is usually the most important part of the picture....A sailboat is like a butterfly; you see the wings..."

I just thought this was one of the most interesting and beautiful ways to describe a subject such as boats. Very refreshing to find a new take on something I used to find mundane.

~ In other news, Jon has taken the gals to the library and left me to be all to my self. What a gift! The house is quiet and a bit dark as clouds are forming and looks like snow is starting to fall again. I am making several treks to the studio downstairs. I feel good about it as I got a huge amount of clean-up done the other day.

One good thing about this time of year is tax return. Being of my financial level (low) we look forward to this time (sorry to all single, upper middle class people, etc. lol!). Anyway, I'm thrilled as I got a new camera (hence all the pics) and today I got a China cabinet from a favorite thrift store for $150. Jon brought it home today and I jokingly said, "Lydia, this is your new room." Which she thought meant it was for her room. She really thought it was for her room, started crying and then I said it's for the dining room...will you help me clean it? And she totally brightened up. All four of us scrubbed the cabinet clean (and boy did it need it). I'm still debating whether to paint it as it's very dark, slightly chipped and I had to take down my favorite bright painting to make space for it. So, the dining room is quite dark now. I'm thinking of coffee colored or yellow.

I just looked outside and it's a freaking blizzard! I hope Jon is all right. Good grief!

Yesterday, the sky was blue, blue, blue and the sun was sparkling like this was the first day ever. But I had a miserable headache (probably brought on by the change in temp or herring (I had to give the cats this...ran out of their cat food...and it smells a bit strong). I would have loved to go for a walk but I was not feeling good. I was so ill, the girls and three cats fell asleep with me on the bed. Very cute, actually and I'm working on a little painting of it.

Well, I hope the gang waits out the snow blizzard for a bit. It's a wet snow too...


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