Just a quickie catch-up post! I’ll have some great news to share in a couple of weeks about what has been keeping me busier than my usual busy. But I’ve also managed to squeeze in a few other things. First in date order is two online classes with the delightful, talented, and superlative teacher Val Webb (website here). This winter I had planned to relax and take two of her classes which overlap by about a month. Despite the fact that you can really do a LOT of work (and LEARN a LOT), I decided to take both. First one is Drawing Dogs and Cats, second one is Fairies (or as I prefer, Faeries) in Nature.
In Val’s classes, you learn not only about drawing, but also painting, as well as various media and techniques. The lesson above is for small children as fairies, with wings, and gouache (which I have never used). There are some technical issues; basically, I need practice with the medium! But overall I am quite pleased with my Luna-boy. In the next photo, we worked with graphite to sketch a dog. His right eye is a bit off (thank you for the feedback, Val! I knew something was off but couldn’t spot it until you helped), but I’m fairly happy with this one, as well. I attribute all good stuff with these two to the quality of Val’s teaching!
This week is also number 2 son’s 16th birthday. How the child can be 16, weigh more than me (wooohooo! finally!), etc., defies comprehension. Clearly the calendar lies. Eli’s request for birthday dinner: my waffles and Joshua’s parmesan fried chicken, an exact repeat of what Joshua had in early November. As it was the beginning of the wrestling season, Eli couldn’t pig out. This time he could and did <<grin>>!
Thanks to de facto DIL Ashley for taking pics as I brought in the birthday cake:
She also got this great pic of Thumper the 26-toed cat. As you can see, our cats pay us no mind. Sigh.
And guess what it is doing today. Again. Sigh again.
At least it is pretty–the flakes where HUGE! We were predicted to get a lot of snow, school let out early, and we are all expecting it to be cancelled tomorrow. Then the weather service predicted less snow, more ice and lots of sleet. That is actually a lot worse. But we haven’t had any sleet here in Hope, though beyond the ridge of hills on the coast is may be sleeting. Here it has been snowing for about 7 hours. We’ll see what the morning brings. We will also fill buckets with water as it is likely to be heavy, wet snow and power could well go out. Again. Sigh.
And to end of a fun note, this fall I will be helping curate (i.e. be the behind the scenes worker bee) the new SAQA Food exhibit, open to SAQA members. Alex Veronelli, mover and shaker at Aurifil Thread, will be the juror. Just today I received the Quilts, Inc., eInsider newsletter, which had this profile of him. It’s an interesting read. Enjoy.
Now I need to go start on dinner. Oh whee.