Sunday, February 8, 2009

We're Having a Heat Wave ....

Well, not exactly, but it’s all relative. At 36° the air feels balmy and the snow is softening enough to make snow sculptures. The skiers and snowboarders want the light, fluffy stuff, but we snow sculptors prefer the wet, sticky variety. It hasn’t been a good year for sculpture snow. But today with this relative heat wave, my daughters and I got to it.

I have to say, while making this sculpture I had one of those parenting moments where I stood back and wondered at my creations. As I built an enormous, naked woman, neither of my daughters batted an eyelash. I suppose they think that all mothers make naked, female snow sculptures. The only question I got was, “why do people call them snowmen?” After a lengthy discussion on the deconstruction of ice related patriarchial language, we headed inside for hot cocoa, popcorn, and a kitchen dance party to Putumayo’s Reggae Playground.

For size reference, I talked my five year old through taking this photo.

And the beautiful sky...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Self Portrait


Tried some watercolor without drawing first. I'm not thrilled with it, but so goes the process. This is upside down from how I painted it, but Elliott saw it in the scanner this way and liked it. I agree that it looks better this way.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lift Qi Up Pour Qi Down

A pencil sketch and watercolor inspired from my Qi Gong class.

Sketch of the day

I was waiting at my daughter's circus class yesterday and used the time to sketch my shoe.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Barack Box

Here's my Day 2 entry for thing a day.
I think of it as a place to put all my hopes and dreams for this country. I'm toying with the idea of writing little notes to Barack and placing them on the shelves. You know, things like, "Come on, Barack, tear up the white house lawn and plant some kale." It's kind of a Law of Attraction meets voodoo meets what am I going to do with 50 Obama stickers and an old toy box culminating in Oh Yeah Thing a Day!

Thing a day

It's ground hog's day and I can feel the winter thaw gently stirring deep underground ... and with it me coming out of blog hibernation. I signed up for the February "Thing a Day" ... a virtual, creative cesspool of sorts. For the month of February 586 people from around the world will be making a thing a day - whatever that means to the creator - and posting it online.

Here is my entry for Day 1 ... a watercolor and pencil sketch.