Monday, July 21, 2008

What a wake up call!

This morning I was awaken at 3:00 by a huge storm. Nothing like waking up with the wind howling and no electricity, along with the tornado sirens going off. Ed was already up, I guess he decided to let me sleep peacefully through it all. Anyway I decided it was in my best interest to get up to see what was going on. As I walked in the kitchen, through the patio doors I could see the umbrella in our patio table lift smoothly out and sail onto the deck. It looked like someone just lifted it out of there. Then I check out the front of the house. The dogwood tree was down. Completely tipped over into the front yard. It wasn't looking good.

So here's a picture of what use to be my dogwood tree. It was twisted and broken right at ground level. Ed spent his day with his handy dandy chain saw. He's been keeping busy while he's been off work ;)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

What the?

There comes a time, I believe, when a person, lets say me, goes a little, well.....psycho. I kept drawing saying I kind of like it and lets see what happens. And now I don't have the heart to toss it. Not only that, I'm posting it here. I haven't decided on a title. Two come to mind. " What the ?" or "What was eye thinking?" It's 12" X 12" on black art paper.
I promise to snap out of it. I have another idea :D

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Interesting but not pretty

After the flood waters went down I took some pictures in the area where Ed works ( or use to work). I didn't consider how bad it would smell at the time. It was nasty, something like dead fish and cow pooh, if you can imagine that! But I decided to try to find something unique anyway for a reference picture to draw. Here's what I shot.
This is the machine shop at Eagle Iron Works where Ed is a machinist. It's still closed more than a month after the flood. I don't plan to draw it. I tried to get a picture of the white chalk mark Ed put towards the top of the door of where the water level got to.
This is across the street from the plant. I thought it would be an interesting picture, but not so much after looking at it.

And this was kind of unique. It's a picture of a sewer along the curbing with a tennis shoe stuck in it. I was going to draw it and started on it. But as a drawing it was hard to tell exactly what it was and it just didn't make sense.

I have some other pictures from that area but I don't like any of them enough to draw. I think between the smell and and loss there's just nothing to get too excited over.

I am working on another drawing though, again it's different than a portrait. So I'll be posting an update soon. I'm not sure how it's going to turn out yet, but I'm liking it so far ;)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Reach Out

I haven't decided what to name this drawing yet. It's a taste of my change in style and subject matter. I started it this weekend and amazingly finished this weekend. Once again one of those things where I got totally caught up in it and time vanished. So it was about 3 o'clock this morning when I finished.

The idea behind it is breaking free from old patterns and exploring bigger and better things. Not being held prisoner to the past and finding your light. That's the idea behind it anyway. Now finding a reference photo for it was my challenge. Because we all know I have to have a reference photo. I'm not one to just sit down and draw a hand, I have to see it in front of me. That's something else I have to work on I guess.

The creative thought was there, I could see the picture in my mind. All I needed was handcuffs and 2 guys ( I know it sounds pretty kinky). So in comes my family, the handcuffs were easy. I called my daughter and asked if she had any. Well, she had a set but they were pink and furry. She knew someone who had some I could borrow though. Now the hard part, convincing my husband and son to be hand models, one of them had to put the cuffs on, but only on one wrist. There was no doubt that Ed was going to be "God". My son reluctantly gave in out of respect for his dad ;) This was decided after an hour or two of convincing them to even pose for it. They both decide they would knowing I wasn't going to leave them alone and they both like the fact I cook for them. The universe of course had to be just out of my head.

So, that's the story behind this ;) It's 12" X 12" on black art paper.
I'm open for suggestions on the title.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

I guess this is officially the last day of my vacation, still have the weekend though ;) Yesterday my daughter and I celebrated our birthdays' together, that was nice. We went out to eat and the waitress gave Ed a senior menu (tee hee) I didn't get one, so that was fun. Cathy and I are considering getting matching tattoo's but can't figure out what to get yet. Something small and dainty, I'm really not into pain that much.

I've reached a goal too, I'm in a size 8 :) Who needs "the biggest loser"? I did it all by myself with no gyms or coaches. I'm not finished yet, actually I'm kind of getting into working out, it's tough getting started but once I'm into it, it feels good. Nothing like a sweaty body. I still haven't mastered "Chicometrics" though, oh my gosh that's tough. Chico and I have a love hate relationship.

I've also started "The Master Key System". So far that seems interesting. I love things like that. And the artwork is still coming along well. There's changes to come along there too.