30: A Post Every Day #28

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #28

Something FOUND.

I recently found this in one of my old journals:

“Have you seen the whale?”

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Something WRITTEN.

The Grouchy Man Story, the Real One

 

Once Upon a Time Steve and I spent a good but emotional weekend in Annapolis, Maryland in order to attend our youngest son’s college graduation ceremony.

Right before we needed to leave for the airport, Wes and I were standing outside a coffeeshop waiting for Steve to return. Wes, who is amazing and wonderful and perfect in every way — but not necessarily super demonstrative with his affection — asked me to smile as he held up his cameraphone.

This was unusual, but I complied happily.

Wes seemed to be taking a long time taking this parting photo, but I chalked it up to him not really knowing how to use his phone. I kept smiling.

At some point I was aware that two middle-aged, shorts-sporting men were standing on the sidewalk near us but, possibly due to my extreme state of pity for Wes (who, a college grad now and 21 years of age, clearly had no idea how to use the camera function on his phone), or possibly due also to the glowy feeling of having said son give me some attention (or both), I didn’t give the men much thought.

Enter Steve. He emerged from the coffeehouse, assessed the situation, and quickly told the men that they didn’t need to wait for us, to go ahead and pass behind us.

Oh.

This isn’t the first time I’ve missed something obvious while living in my own little world. Two years ago I copied down the following sentence in my journal: “Have you seen the whale?”

My friend Robert had asked me this as I passed him at the corner of Yesler and 1st Avenue on a day in January 2015. I laughed and shook my head “no.”

Then, delighted with the strange question, I rushed home to write it down. How absurd!

(I didn’t find out until days later that a 30-foot gray whale had been found under the Seattle ferry terminal, about 100 yards away. A real whale, people! Robert was actually asking me if I had seen the whale.)

But back to Grouchy Man.

“Are they done?” he asked.

“Yes,” Steve assured, waving them along encouragingly.

“Well you could have TOLD us that!” Angry Man shouted as he stormed past.

The three of us stared, confused.

The thing is we weren’t finished, as Wes (bless his heart) was at that moment still fumbling with his phone. How could I have told him ahead of time that we had finished when, clearly, we hadn’t?

I understood that this man was trying to be polite, I did. But my heart went out to poor Wes… in a few minutes we would be leaving him all alone with The Grouchy Angry Man and his Petite Polite Posse.

And he didn’t even know how to use his phone.*

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Something MADE.

BlueWhale

Have a wonderful day!

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* Wes knows how to use his phone. He was making a video.

30: A Post Every Day #27

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #27

Something FOUND.

From Studio Beerhorst, I think the Brenda half. See more HERE.

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Something WRITTEN.

 

The Grouchy Man

Oh dear. I might have oversold this story.

An overwhelming number of you chose “The Grouchy Man,” no doubt anticipating a front-row seat to some juicy marriage moment.

Alas, I must disappoint.

However, Steve and I will be married 25 years in June, so… hmmm… perhaps our moments (of the juicy type) number in the… hundreds? Thousands? No matter, most of them are forgotten now, or buried so deep that they don’t surface during the normal course of our days.

It’s kind of weird though. One minute they are down quite deep and the next the little fellas just show up, ready to lend a hand. But in truth they are a little bit desperate about it. It’s as if these forgotten-but-not-forgotten memories suddenly need air — it really is an emergency situation — and, gasping, they stumble into the current moment in order to help clarify things.

The truth is they’re not actually that helpful.

No, they’re really not helpful at all.

So, back to the story. The grouchy man is not Steve this time.

Yes, Steve can be grouchy. Yes, he might be the grouchiest man on earth if I am a little too bouncy in the morning before he’s had his coffee. And yes, most stories titled “The Grouchy Man” would indeed have been about Steve.

FOR SURE.

But not today.

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Something MADE.

dripguysmall

Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post (Almost) Every Day #26

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #26

Something FOUND.

I really like Scott Bergey‘s visual style!

scottbergey

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Something WRITTEN.

I’ve missed a few days due to traveling to Maryland and back for my son’s graduation. I thought this might happen and am happy to report that my first instinct (to end the 30-day project the day BEFORE the trip) was sound. It’s the counting of days that I need to second guess next time!

The trip was wonderful but it had its moments. Which story would you like first?

a. The Grouchy Man

b. The Worst Flight Ever

c. “Lost” Luggage

Please comment with your choice and I’ll do my best to accommodate in #27!

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Something MADE.

Collaboration with my son Wes when he was about 4.

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Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #25

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #25

Something FOUND.

Found on my camera-phone: Ellie & me (taken by Steve).

ellieandme

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Something WRITTEN.

Steve and I are in Annapolis, Maryland and will attend our son Wes’ college graduation ceremony tomorrow. He made it!

Today we attended kind of a talent show by the Senior Class. Students sang duets and played piano solos… and Wes did a short skit with Kit.

What a beautiful bunch of humans.

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Something Someone MADE.

Wes.

wesss

Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #24

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #24

Something FOUND.

Great lettering over at Susy Pilgrim Waters‘ website… and paintings… and illustrations….

pilgrimwaters

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Something WRITTEN.

I can eat whatever I want as long as it’s on the following list:

  1. Rabbit Food

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Something MADE.

An old one!

mermaid copy

Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post a Day #23

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #23

Something FOUND.

The best Taj Mahal illustration EVER by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.

kosteckishaw

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Something WRITTEN.

I asked Steve for a puppy for my birthday. This was not a gift I expected to receive, as Steve doesn’t want a dog right now.

The thing is, I’m not 100% sure that I want a dog right now either.

But it would be nice to have the green light from him before I put any brain energy into thinking about it.

So I guess I should say that I don’t really want a puppy, but I want Steve to SAY I can have a puppy. (Which he kind of did last week, when he said it was completely up to me whether or not I wanted to make him so unhappy.)

Hmmmm.

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Something MADE.

sonheimanimals copy

Have a wonderful day!

Registration OPEN for Lynn Whipple’s New Class, “Making Faces”

Making Faces
Instructor: Lynn Whipple
Two-Week Class • 6 Lessons
Cost: $85

Class Dates: May 30 – June 9, 2017

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Let’s make faces!

Ever-fascinating faces are chock full of artful possibilities. Faces are how we communicate and, in a sense, faces are who we are.

In this class you will create dozens and dozens of different types of faces. You will draw, paint and collage, play with line, shape, color and mark and you’ll come away with an approach to keep your art practice fresh and full of new ideas.

Let’s turn our studios into a laboratory of face making as we explore, experiment and enjoy this exciting and astounding subject matter.

And as always, let’s have fun!!

xoxo

All my best,

Lynn

Class Itinerary:

Week 1

Lesson 1 – About Face
In this lesson we will go over some simple basics about drawing the form of the face that will inform your drawings to come. Let’s start with a quick and playful exercise with ovals and make fast and free faces. Next we will look further into the face, discussing proportion and use of shadow to find form. And finally, some tips about connecting with line the features of the face to create more interesting drawings.

Lesson 2 – Crazy Face Trace
We’ll start with an eyes-closed, touch-and-continuous-line drawing exercise of our own faces to gather more information about the face and it’s form and structure. Next we will blaze forward with photo references, color and crazy mark making for wild and unexpected results. Be fast, energetic and playful. Finally, we’ll cut these up and rearrange!

Lesson 3 – Facing Backwards
Today is about working on the background first. We will start with watercolor patterning, shape-making and stencils. Remember to spatter, because everything is better with a little spatter! Now it is time to play and make faces as you draw on top of the patterns you have created. Some of these will turn out, some maybe won’t, the big idea is to keep your hands moving and your brain engaged as you push towards new ways to explore and communicate with the face.

Week 2

Lesson 4 – Collage Day! Making Faces!
Play with colored and patterned paper shapes for hair, eyes, nose, mouth, neck and shoulders and backgrounds. Adding even one piece of patterned collage to your faces can open up design opportunities and bring unexpected brain surprises for you and for your viewer.

Lesson 5 – Mixed-Media Day!
Once again we are on the lookout for brain surprises! Start by playing the magazine swap game and then move on to all of your media. You can incorporate words into your faces, add your faces last, or start with a photo reference and layer on top with paint, pencil and markers. Cover much of the face, but leave traces of the features showing through. Build mystery and emotion as you take liberties with line, shape and mark, creating a more moody tone and character. Remember this is all experimental and the bigger idea is to push you towards new art making and face-making possibilities.

Lesson 6 – Elevate Your Face
Now it’s time to take all the starts and explorations and see how they might become more finished pieces. You will look at each face separately by putting it inside a frame or background and see if it can stand on its own. Perhaps it will need a little tweaking by adding more darks or line work… perhaps a new series will be born… perhaps a direction will come into focus that will keep your hands moving for years to come.
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Please Join us  for this super fun way to jump-start your summer art-making!

For details and to sign up: http://carlasonheim.com/making-faces/

30: A Post Every Day #21

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #21

Something FOUND.

In my mailbox: this lovely book from eva a(r)t work / tiny kitchen studio. Thank you Eva!

eva

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Something WRITTEN.

On most Sundays I take Liam and Ethan to their swimming lessons. Liam has been swimming for months now, but Ethan has only been a few times.

Last Sunday, Ethan tried to convince Teacher Cameron that he had already learned how to blast off from the edge.

(This was not strictly true.)

The lesson proceeded pretty well, with Ethan more or less doing what was required. But it ended with the following:

Teacher Cameron: “Do you want to do a bob (go underwater)?”

Ethan: “I’m fine, thanks.”

(I love Ethan so much.)

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Something MADE.

bluerabbitsmall

Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #20

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #20

Something FOUND.

 

I’m a long-time fan of all of Cathy Cullis‘ work.

cullis

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Something WRITTEN.

On Friday we are flying to Maryland to see our youngest son graduate from college.

We just talked to Wes, and he sounded great. His big oral exam went well last Friday… we are so proud of him!

During the conversation I felt both happy and sad at the same time: Happy that he was finishing, sad that it was ending.

I started this little blog project planning to end it the day we got on the airplane… which is just five days from now. Oops.

Apparently I don’t know how to count.

So I will do my best to continue over the big Graduation weekend. If I miss a day, you know where to find me… probably smiling and crying at the same time on the St. John’s College campus in Annapolis, MD.

 

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Something MADE.

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Have a wonderful day!