Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
me and van
I set off this morning with some parking meter change, a Van Morrison tape, my camera and my sketchbook. I headed downtown
I was starting to take some pictures
I went to the Army Navy store and found some map bags that will be great art bags and an ammo bag to carry my pencils in - loaded them up...parked the car, took a few more pictures and my camera died....dammit....so I walked across the street to the State House, sketched a little and then realized my ass was frozen from sitting on cold bronze that wasn't designed to be a seat and that I had to pee so back home I am...(sounds like Yoda)....but I am psyched to have my bag, I got J one too and I know she'll love it.....functional, slightly dykey...and her favorite color - khaki - oh wait that's me:)
Thursday, December 29, 2005
don't tell J
Wednesday, December 28, 2005|
my favorite holiday picture
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
times a wastin'
Monday, December 26, 2005
This is a very quick watercolor I did for my brother, he wanted something of his guitar and I'll do that eventually, but I waited until today when gift exchange was tonite....and it gave me a chance to play with the watercolor pencils
The little guitar is about 4 or 5 inches long...cut, carved and painted....he's a musician on the side, LOL
Saturday, December 24, 2005
ghost stories and things unrelated to holidays
The first I meant to bring up at Halloween and just forgot, but I thought about it again the other day and wanted to post before I forget again...ghosts...personally, I'm not sure they really exist and the older I get the more I believe they don't, but as a kid I had an extreme fear of all things paranormal (which just lead to an extreme interest as an adult)...especially ghosts...I didn't like cemetaries or the dark or anything the least bit spooky...so anyway the street we lived on from the time I was 3 until I was 18 had a really old, civil war era farm house sort of in the middle of it (it was actually a big circle that made up the street), there were acres and acres of small garden plots people would rent and then some woods and dirt trails behind that....the old house was rickety and falling apart...wooden plank built on brick pillars with a wrap around porch that covered most of the front and a big walk out porch on the back side that faced into the gardens - definately the stereotypical southern farm in decay...the whole area was a huge draw for the neighborhood kids, we could ride our bikes on the paths, play in the woods, and dare each other to go into or under the house....now of course we were sure it was haunted and one day a friend and were up there messing around and happened to look up at the same time to see an older looking woman in an old timey looking dress and apron out on the back porch staring at us...needless to say, we ran or biked our little asses right on home and didn't do too much more fooling around up there...years later when I was in high school and had been over at friends trick or treating (okay drinking beer)....I came home to lots of commotion on our street and the ghost house was completely and totally on fire....big orange flames just covering the house...the next morning after all was said and done the house was gone....now I don't know if we saw a ghost or if we convinced ourselves we saw a ghost and since moving back here, I've learned that the area (though redeveloped with expensive patio homes) did contain a number of unmarked graves belonging to mill workers that lived in the mill villages that sprung up along the river after the civil war....so who knows, maybe - maybe not, I will say the experience still kinda give me goosebumps even now....anybody else got a ghost story?
the other thing I was going to talk about is how our tremendous dachshund, Lucy, is the biggest drama queen I've ever seen....but the ghost story is alot longer than I intended so I'll save that for later ;)
Thursday, December 22, 2005
IF - Imagine
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
shopping and baking
but the most ironic thing we got was a gift for my cop brother (whose name I drew for the big family gathering on xmas morning)...an outdoorsman's knife set...I'm guessing the clan will miss the nuance of the vegetarian, liberal giving a an outdoorsan's knife set as a gift, but that kinda makes it even better ;)
drawings and other visual type stuff will resume here shortly - time off coming up and I miss it so....soon hopefully...as well as some sprucing up here....this layout is kinda boring
btw - Happy Solstice...I really dig the idea that the days are only gonna get longer from here till June...that's good stuff
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Baking - nite 2
easy recipe - which scares me because it seems too damn easy, they've only been in the oven for about 14 minutes and have 16 to go...I'm scared to go look...hold on though because I probably should...okay, nice and fluffy...maybe a little too big, but we can adjust size for the next batch...
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2 tspn vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
beat egg whites until frothy, add sugar 1 TBSN at a time, continue beating until glossy and stiff peaks form, beat in vanilla, fold in nuts....place on greased cookie sheet (or parchment paper) by rounded tspns, bake at 300 for 30 minutes or light brown, cool completely before removing from pan.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Chewy Chocolate Cookies I
Submitted by: Linda Whittaker
Photo by: THEKIDCOOK "These are GREAT chocolate chocolate chip cookies. Always a request at Christmas from friends and family!"
Original recipe yield: 4 dozen.
Prep Time:15 MinutesCook Time:10 MinutesReady In:55 MinutesServings:48 (change)
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be soft. Cool slightly on cookie sheet; remove from sheet onto wire rack to cool completely.
we actually used the swirl chips and added about a half cup of pecans....we also got about 7 dozen out of this batch...good filler cookies, but now we have the more difficult stuff...divinity and meringue...I miss not being able to do cut sugar cookies, but we just have so little kitchen space and those take up lots of room for prep...hmm, good thing I'm off Friday, we still have to figure out presentation...
my grandmother swore by this stuff....I distinctly remember the smell b/c she would cover her hands in it every night before bed....after putting the pink foam curlers in her hair of course..why in the world am I thinking of mentholatum, you may ask?...I'm stuffed up with what is most likely the office cold...or bird flu...and I took a shower last night with one of those fizzy shower soother tablets and it struck me how much it smelled like mentholatum...I'm not sure it helped me breathe but I enjoyed the flashback ;)
Sunday, December 18, 2005|
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
a little thinking
I wasn't sure what I expected - if anything - when I set this up...maybe a place to vent (not so much me)...maybe a place to talk about stuff (sometimes - but I'm not so talkative mostly)....but what it has become is a place where I've rediscovered how much I like the creative part of me...finding so many people sharing their thoughts and experiences through visual expression was just kinda significant...sketches, illustrations, crafts....and respect for each other's work...how cool...and slowly I've realized that those visual images are a great way of communicating how I see the world or want it to be....
I am really grateful for the outlet this has turned into...and the encouragement I've received from so many people...my head is clearer than it's been in a long time and it occurred to me last week that maybe one of the reasons has been having this place to communicate in such a comfortable way....
Tuesday, December 06, 2005|
Thursday, December 01, 2005
IF - Small
better late than never I suppose, the week just got away from me....another attempt with water color...this is our small xmas tree this year...at least one of them, LOL...instead of a big tree, we went with a few little ones and used specific groups of ornaments....this one is decorated with my favorites - a series of folk art that Hallmark did in the late 80's and 90's - neat stuff....
in addition, I uploaded some pictures of little things I've made over the years....take a look....small