Sunday, November 30, 2008

chilly here; busy being hermits

We got a letter recently from our friend Roy in Rochester. It was sitting on my art desk and we picked up this magnifying glass (which is actually a piece of an old photographic enlarger, if I'm remembering right) and Adam took this neat picture that I thought I'd share.

Otherwise it's snowing here in Madison. We went on a chilly walk (good for getting cold enough to further enjoy a cup of hot chocolate once you get home). We live on the edge of the isthmus, so if we walk about a 1/2 mile in either direction we come across the 2 big lakes and the river that connects them on the edge of the east side. The Yahara, which I think is a lovely name. Here my glove obession continues...

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Monday, November 24, 2008


The First Snow That Stuck!!! Through the kitchen window...

And working on some holiday ornaments. Alyssa (and her son Tenzin) helped me make these cardinals; we'll be making blue jays soon too.

The flock in progress...

Admiring the first real snow :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Light this'morning

at about 7:55 was pretty striking. Was blinding through the window- though the cameras eye is more restrictive than a humans, and so the results are'nt quite the same. But it's worth waking up for.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Birds of a

Little drawings from my collection of objects. The feather on the bottom is from one of my friends chickens that she used to keep in her backyard. They made tiny, pale brown eggs. They ran around and kicked up dirt til' their feathers got scraggly. They were not all that friendly, but we liked them just the same.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Since I am taking a break from my oil painting attempts in favor of something less toxic, at least for the next year or so, I decided to try acrylic painting. In fact I even signed up for a class, and though we students spend the majority of our class time struggling right next to each other in silence, it's nice to have the imposed discipline to make you paint.
This is a painting in mid-breath:

Since I can't seem to be able to think about color and tone at the same time, I am trying again to just render the whatever-it-is-that's-I'm-painting, and then hope that glazes of various colors with help correct the ghastly greenish or muddy brown that I'd been imposing. In this particular picture, what he's holding will be a piece of bark from one of those birch-like papery trees where every year the outer layers just slowly unravel themselves from the trunk leaving delicate shards in varying puzzle piece shapes. This one lit a glowing red when held up to the sun.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

JOY!!! ....and Relief.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Catherine Ryan

I do always love images of wild animals interacting with our very own breed of domesticated human animals.
Catherine Ryan explores that place where intuitive nature meets analytical nature: fierce meets tame, fear and worship get together, power struggles happen, and we get to peek in.
I like these.