Monday, January 31, 2005

Merry Monday

Merry Monday

I'm feeling almost giddy because I got every room in my house clean and organized this weekend. It frees me up so much to have the domestic chores done. It may sound like a small thing to you, but to me it's just awesome!

Now today I'll be taking care of all kinds of paperwork and business things that need to be managed. I'm also doing some research about teaching an art workshop so I don't bungle the whole thing. I'm very nervous about the prospect but I've committed myself to teach this 2 day workshop on Feb. 28th and 29th. The Idaho Watercolor Society wants someone who will teach something that's not traditional or will have a different perspective and they asked me for that reason. I realize now that I do most of my work intuitively and when someone asks why or needs an expiation I feel tongue tied and clueless. Getting ready for this workshop will be my main emphasis for the next few weeks. Anybody have a good source of information about teaching a 2 day workshop? I've tried the library and looked on line but found very little.

Ah, I hear the boys, better get movin'....

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Sunny Sunday

Sunny Sunday

Finally yesterday the sun came out and this morning my house is flooded with beautiful light! Ahhhh, it's such a relief.

Yesterday I worked all day, clear until after six and got my upstairs clean- it looks so nice and peaceful now that it makes me feel much better. Today I will be working on the downstairs part, studio, office, guest room and bath. Holly had been in the guest room, now I need to get it back to how I like it when we have actual guests. I know this is boring stuff to you guys but to me it's absolutely liberating :-D

The guys will be gone team roping all day so that makes it easier for me to do what I need to do.

Holly gets to move into her new place today and she is very happy about that. I talked to her yesterday and she was very upbeat. Of course that always makes me happy too.

Time to run, I hope to check in later.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Missing things

Missing things

My picture today is about missing the ocean. I was raised in S. California where I could see the ocean and beaches often, especially when I could drive myself. My dad also had a boat and we used to go out fishing on the ocean which I loved. I have wonderful memories of riding on the very front of the boat with my sister, bumping up and down on the waves, hair flying on the sea breeze and singing our lungs out as my dad headed out of the harbor. There were some days that were so calm that the water seemed almost like glass and we could look down through it to see giant sea turtles, colorful fish and sea life going about their existence. Occasionally we could see the Bonita take our bait and trigger the fight to catch them. Sometimes we would see seals or dolphins or even Marlin skipping through the water, so exciting.
Sometimes when we'd get a long ways from the coast my dad would tie ropes to our life jackets and throw us out in the open water (shark bait) JK, and let us swim around and have fun while he kept a close eye on us. Once he saw a big jellyfish floating along so he got the net and caught it then put it on the other side of the boat so it wouldn't sting us. The problem was that it's stinging stuff got loose in the water somehow and we got mild stings all over our bodies! Oops!
When my dad would catch some Sea Bass or Halibut he'd clean it and have it all ready so that my mom could have it sizzling in butter shortly after we got home, she loves fresh fish so that was her treat from the trip.
I also adored going to the beach with the waves relentlessly breaking on the shore, the hot sand, the tangy air the glint of sun on the water and sail boats further out whisking along on their way. Although I never used a surf board it was thrilling to go out in the cold water and wait for a wave then swim toward shore at just the right time so I could body surf. Sometimes we'd take inner tubes and go out past the breakers and play there for a long time, when we finally came back in we'd find we had a long way to walk to get back to where we'd left our towels spread out on the sand, we had been carried far along the shore by the tide without realizing it. Well, I guess that's enough, it makes me miss it even more to write about it. It also stimulates a longing to see my dad which is impossible because he's been gone since 1995.

And while I'm missing things, I'm also missing Holly. In the evenings I always find myself trying to calculate when she'll drive in from work before I remember that she won't be. In the morning I expect to see her quietly padding up the stairs, we always call her "spook" in the morning. It has been great to talk to her each day though, and of course what would we do without e-mail? I'm anxious to get pictures of her new digs and in fact pictures of the school and all, I've never been further east than Yellowstone park. I've visited L.A. and San Francisco and even Seattle but I don't think it's the same as actually taking up residence in a big city.

Still, don't be feeling too sorry for me and please know that I'm not looking for sympathy, just enjoying looking back and very, very thankful that I have wonderful memories to look back on. I'm so glad that my memories can be bitter/sweet instead of just plain bitter.

That is another one of the great things about my daily drawing project, sometimes I do draw what's on my heart and when I do it triggers all kinds of feelings. It's a journal without words to me.

In other news, today I plan to do household chores, ummm, now doesn't that sound exciting? Bleh. Oh well, I know I always feel better and more free when I've been diligent in keeping my living space in order. I need to feel free too because I have lots of creative things that I want to do and need to do.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Thank you and a link to more

Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my gluttony illustration! It is a part of a series of work entitled, "A Mother's Heart". Although I did make paintings from many of the drawings I never put them on my website but I did put all of the drawings in the series, you can see them here: http://www.sheilahudson.net/special.htm
There is also a mosaic from the series as well as a wonderful essay by my daughter Holly right there with the drawings.

Illustration Friday- Gluttony

Illustration Friday- Gluttony

This little drawing may be self explanatory and may not. It's about the baby bird refusing to take wing and leave the nest, growing fat while depending on the mother bird to take care of it's needs. The mother bird has not been wise, has continued to care of the baby until she is worn thin. The baby bird is about to devour the last thing the mother has to give, her heart.


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I'm feeling kind of frustrated about how this image is looking on the computer screen, I couldn't figure out the corrections I needed to make so it looks like the original. I really like this drawing, the colors, shapes etc.

I'm in a big hurry this morning, be back later I hope!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Me in the Press! Woo Hoo!

Lookie!
Here is a link to the article in the paper today, woo hoo! My mug was on the front page of this section.Idaho Statesman Article

Holly called me this morning while Paul and I were walking. We were walking around the tiny, rural town of Star after we dropped Tanner off at school, Holly was calling while riding the Metra (that's what she called it) on her way to Chicago. Isn't that a great contrast? It was her first time taking the train into Chicago by herself and she was nervous about that and also nervous about this being her first day of class at AIC. It probably sounds silly to some of you who live in big cities but Holly is from Idaho, she went to a tiny private high school, went to Boise State University- Boise only has a population of around 200,000 and we have always lived outside the city in the country. Chicago is "hard core" to Holly. She's not unhappy about it, it's just going to take some getting used to.Right now I'm so busy trying to get ready for tonight's art thingie, teaching art in Tanner's class tomorrow and doing research on how to teach an art workshop- whew! But as bayarts said the other day, it's good to be busy.

Good News from Holly

Good News from Holly

This is another interpretation about meditation and contemplation. The whole concept is not at all easy for me. Oh, I understand it all right and I know that I need to implement the practice in my life, I'm trying. I find that my natural way of moving thru life is the disorganized, frustrating way of turbulent water- I keep it stirred up all the time emotionally and busy-wise. When I do take the time it is very rewarding and I am much more organized and at peace. I do understand that this is a process and learning takes time so I intend to continue working on this.

Good news today, Holly found a good, safe place to live very near the University of Chicago! It's the kind of place where visitors must ring to be let in downstairs if the residents want them in. They can't just walk in the building without permission. It's fenced in and there are night patrols in the area. Her room is huge she says and she'll be sharing bathroom and kitchen but there is a fridge in her room for her own use. There is even wireless internet in the building! She's so relieved! Well, so am I.
Classes started today at the School of the Art Institute, it must be very exciting!

Ah, want to right more but must get the little guy ready for school. :-/

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Hump Day

Hump Day

Today is going to be an "out" day, lots of running around. It's fun to go pic up my newly framed artwork, I love seeing it all packaged under glass and clean white mats and all. Then there are other errands that must be taken care of today. After that I must be home to get Tanner off the bus and take him to Kung Fu lessons. So yep, out it will be.

It's still ugly and gray here, bad inversion that is hanging on and making many people feel depressed. Besides that we've had so little rain and snow that the ski resorts are only running a few of the chairs, not good. At least the roads are not slippery :-/

Talked to Holly last night and she and Elton are at the meltdown stage. She hasn't found a place to live, the library job at the school that she has applied for wants her to work way to many hours considering her class load and they only pay $6.75 an hour. Besides that when they went back to Elton's room at Shimer it was being torn up because of some water leaks so they had to stay in a dirty, room up a couple of flights of stairs. They are both tired and suffering from culture shock and stress. I wish there was someone who could take Holly in for a short time so she could take more time to look for a place without such stress. I know it will all work out soon but her classes start tomorrow!

Gotta run, the boys are getting restless!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The usual morning rush

The usual morning rush

Good morning!

First I wanted to say that I'm sorry I haven't had time for lots of commenting in your journals, I have been trying to check in regularly though. Sometimes life just gets a bit busy:-/

Right now it's the before school rush so I'm going to try to get back later!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Monday Morning- so?

Monday Morning- so?

Here you go, I have nothing to say about this little drawing.

No blab this morning, I just don't have anything much to say :-/ I think it's because my mind is cluttered and unfocused and I need some coffee.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Quiet Day- Happy day

Quiet Day- Happy day

Good Morning!
It's a nice quiet Sunday morning here, Tanner went to church with his daddy and we went last night so it's just Paul and I enjoying the Paper and coffee together.

Today's drawing:
another from last weeks theme, I had done a few trying to get something I was pleased with, I like this one, it's just not very original. I think it would make a really great mosaic though. (Also, it reads backwards! notice?)

Getting things ready to take to the Drop Leaf Gallery this morning. It's pretty cool that there will be a speaker for the "Last Thursday" event at the gallery and she will be speaking about Erte (the owners have a wonderful collection) as well as a couple of local artists including yours truly. I've never had anyone do this for me before. I'll be meeting her today so she can get a feel for my work and the motivation behind it. I'm so glad that the pieces I'm taking are some of my most meaningful things.

The guys will be going roping today which leaves me to my own devices- this is a good thing.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday full of creative flow.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

More Seasons

More Seasons

I hate it when I do a drawing that I feel is just not successful, that's how I feel about today's drawing. It was one of my attempts at doing the seasons but I didn't even carry it as far as I usually do because I didn't like it. Oh well.

I've been feeling a bit blue and uninspired to do anything these last few days. I know it's adjustment from the build up to Holly leaving and then her absence. I know that it is a part of making changes, I just hope I can be more productive today.
I'll be taking paintings to Drop Leaf Gallery (part of Rembrandt's Coffee House) tomorrow- that's fun for me.
I'm taking 5 pieces that are part of my "Mother's Heart" series. It's a series that I did that's about the tougher side of being a mom/parent and I used funny birds as the characters in the paintings.
Here is an example:



Grandchild


Grandchild



Watercolor and colored pencil on #140 lb arches cold pressed paper
the size is maybe 16 x 20 inches?

This one is about Tanner, how I've felt about raising him at times. (the painting was done before we had legal guardianship) I adore him but yes, it's taken some adjustment to be raising a grandchild.

Anyway, each of the paintings that will go to the gallery this weekend has funny birds in them. They haven't been seen by very many people so it will be fun to see how they go over.

I'm so glad the creepy fog has lifted a little, it's so depressing.

Oh and I wanted to say that Holly and Elton are there in Chicago now, I guess it didn't start snowing until they were there, isn't that cool! Last night she said she had a horrible, sinking feeling when she realized she was there but didn't have a home. I told her to be calm and just start making a list of what she needs and then go out looking at places, it will all work out. I'm sure they'll be getting lots done today.


Friday, January 21, 2005

Fw: Illustration Friday- The Seasons

Fw: Illustration Friday- The Seasons

----- Original Message -----
From: Sheila Hudson
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Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 10:18 AM
Subject: Illustration Friday- The Seasons

So it's Friday again, I love doing these illustrations for the themes, this week being the Seasons.

I had done a different one, more expected, but decided to do this one at the last minute- that's why I'm so late. Oh well, better late than ever.

It's still foggy and super ugly outside, I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere today.

Talked to Holly last night and she said it was quite boring driving across Nebraska. According to the weather map in today's paper it looks like they will have ice and snow today, boo. They were in Counsel Bluff, Iowa last night when she called. She wasn't impressed with that town. Otherwise they are having a nice time, she's been reading to Elton from some book called the X-file companion and other stuff.

I will be so relieved to know that she's arrived safely and has a place to stay.

Well at this moment I'm not feeling like I have one interesting thing to say so I'll check out and maybe be back later.
Cya

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Quiet and Busy with questions

Quiet and Busy with questions

This picture is more dramatic than I am actually feeling at the moment, I drew it a few days ago when I had my feelings hurt really bad. Please don't feel to sorry for me, I got over it and am fine now.
(Well, missing Holly)
I am not a person who gets my feelings hurt easily, I consider myself pretty "thick skinned" so it was kind of upsetting at the time and I happened to have just sat down to do my daily drawing and this was the result.

Pathetic isn't it?

Anyway, I am alone this morning, the house is quiet and it's very foggy outside which adds to the hushed feeling, I like it.
I'm feeling like being organized and getting things done which is a great way to feel under the circumstances.
When we built the apartment down at our barn we also built a storage room that is heated and well insulated, we will be moving all of Holly's things that she couldn't take with her down to that room which will be a good way to clear out the garage and also my art storage room. She has quite a number of framed prints and stuff that will leave a cleared space in the storage room which I can really use. So, I can work on those things as well as other organizational things.

I'm also wondering if any of you can give me some advice about teaching a workshop. I will be teaching a 2 day workshop in late February and I've never done it before. I'm going to be teaching about drawing and journaling in a sketchbook and also using the sketches and drawings to create finished paintings.
If you were in my workshop what would you want me to talk about and teach you?
Also, does anyone know of a good resource that is about how to do a successful workshop? I am open to anything you may want to say that will help me with this, I'm in the gathering information mode right now.

Thanks you guys!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Sad Morning

Sad Morning

Today's drawing does not reflect my mood, that's for sure.

Holly and Elton just drove out, Holly and I both in tears. I am so happy for her and excited that she has this great opportunity to go to the Art Institute but dang I'm going to miss her. Fortunately we had everything ready to go last night and they got a good nights rest. The Ford Explorer, now Holly's car, was loaded down, as full as it could get and she still left stuff she really wanted to take. They think it will take at least 2 full days of driving and maybe 3 to get there, I didn't find out exactly how far it is from (outside Boise) to Chicago.
Anyway I'm sure we'll manage, lots of people have, it will just be an adjustment.

So that's all the talk I have right now, Paul and I are going to go for a walk this morning even though it's pretty cold out there.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Tired but Good

Tired but Good

The open house (which was for Holly and Elton to say goodbye to their friends that live around here) went well. For the most part people came over 4 to 6 at a time and it was easy to talk and eat snacks as planned. The longest stretch was when there were the most people and 5 children! With Tanner that made 6 kids, loud, messy, rambunctious kids! 2 were 1 year olds, 2 were 3 year olds plus one 5 year olds and Tanner at 8, EEEEEK! By the time the kids left I was ready for the whole thing to be over because the noise level with the whole group had risen to a high pitch. Thankfully it got quiet and calm after that and ended at 10 pm. (started at 1:00). Holly and Elton seemed to have a lovely time which is really what it was all about.

Today I'm hoping will be a calm day, Tanner has to go to the dentist, we may have to take the car in to be serviced but that's all easy stuff that I'm up for.

So that's it for me. I have been very busy so not able to comment much in your journals, that will come after Holly's gone I'm sure.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Snowy Sunday

Snowy Sunday

I LOVE SNOW!
It only snowed a tiny bit but I'm hoping that it snows more today, I'm so anxious to go out and make a snowman.

Today is the open house so I'll be a busy little bee all day long, I hope everyone enjoys themselves today.

Today's drawing is a rather odd and as Holly says, creepy, drawing.
I have no explanation for it at all. Maybe someone else can explain what is going on here?

So glad LJ is back up, I only wish I had time to read all of your posts and comment too!

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Super Busy Saturday

Super Busy Saturday

Could not post my daily drawing until now because things have been to hectic around here this morning. Still, it's been a good morning and I feel like the rest of the day is plenty of time to get ready for the open house tomorrow.
I'm hoping to get checked back in here later but for now I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone!
Have a lovely Saturday!

Friday, January 14, 2005

Illustration Friday Jan. 14th

Illustration Friday Jan. 14th

I had so many ideas this week about balance, but I honestly couldn't get my mind around how to get most of them illustrated. I settled on this idea because as artists we surely struggle with this one, it actually takes quite a bit of balance between the right and left brain to get from the idea stage to the completion of a project don't you think?

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Not much to say

Not much to say

I like this guy!

It's all dark and cold outside but it's nice and warm and cozy inside. I made a lovely bread pudding for breakfast this morning and we'll be having fresh oranges, bacon and hot coffee with it, cozy huh?

No more blab this morning either, got to go get Tanner ready for school. I'll be back I'm sure.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Pink Haired Girl

Pink Haired Girl

I've got no blab this morning, just in a big hurry to get the morning chores done.
See ya later......

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Birthday outting for Mom

Birthday outting for Mom

No, I'm not feeling particularly sad today, this is just another of the emotional drawings about Holly's departure. I've been enjoying our time together lately, she's been reading the Griffon and Sabine books to me and we've been looking at the art and stuff in the books.

Today I am taking my little mommy out for her birthday lunch. She usually takes me out and I take her out on our birthdays and we enjoy a good visit. Later we'll be doing the Costco run which isn't as much fun but made more enjoyable since we're together. Holly may be going with us today also.

It's a cold, gray day today and sometimes that seems depressing to me but today I think it makes the lunch outing seem all the more cozy.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Silent Solitude

Silent Solitude

Silence is not simply the absence of noise or the shutdown of communication with the outside world, but rather a process of coming to stillness. Silent solitude forges true speech. I'm not speaking of physical isolation; solitude here means being alone with the Alone, experiencing the transcendent Other and growing in awareness of one's identity as the beloved. It is impossible to know another person intimately without spending time together. Silence makes this solitude a reality. It has been said,

"Silence is solitude practiced in action."

It is much like the story of the harried executive who went to the desert father and complained about his frustration in prayer, his flawed virtue, and his failed relationships. The hermit listened closely to his visitor's rehearsal of the struggle and disappointments in trying to lead a Godly life. He then went into the dark recesses of his cave and came out with a basin and pitcher of water. "Now watch the water as I pour it into the basin," he said. The water splashed on the bottom and against the sides of the container. It was agitated and turbulent. At first the stirred up water swirled around the inside of the basin: then it gradually began to settle until finally the small fast ripples evolved into larger swells that oscillated back and forth. Eventually, the surface became so smooth that the visitor could see his face reflected in the placed water. "That is the way it is when you live constantly in the midst of others," said the hermit. "You do not see yourself as you really are because of all the confusion and disturbance, you fail to recognize the divine presence in your life and the consciousness of your belovedness slowly fades."

It takes time for the water to settle. Coming to interior stillness requires waiting, any attempt to hasten the process only stirs up the water anew.

I got this from a handout I received at a contemplative group that I go to each week since last summer. For several years I've been screaming for solitude, didn't know exactly why but realized that I needed to be alone away from the words of other people and away from the confusion and noise of everyday life. This makes so much sense to me now, I am learning to practice silent solitude and it is difficult but I can already see it will help to transform my perspectives and heal me.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

The Cost of Framing Artwork

The Cost of Framing Artwork

I'm not actually feeling this sad today, but this is one of the series of drawings expressing how I feel about my daughter leaving for Chicago in 11 days.
Yes, I've been counting the days.

Yesterday I took 5 abstracts in to be framed, 2 will require oversized mats and 2 will require plexi instead of glass and my friend is giving me a nice discount and it's still costing $1200 buck! EEK! Now this friend does a superb job of framing, all will be acid free and guaranteed but I sure hope I sell some things at the show in February so that I can afford to frame things for May. I choose simple black molding and double white (or shades of white) mats and I know the work will look wonderful when it's all hung in the gallery. For 2 pieces I had them done with plexi because they are to be my entries for this years Idaho Watercolor Society annual show. When I had more money I used to frame everything with plexi, I prefer it for the lightness of weight and because it doesn't pose the risk of breaking like glass does, oh well. I also used to be able to buy it very inexpensively from a local manufacturer but they went out of business a couple of years ago.

Because of the expense of framing, I'm considering doing mostly mosaics for my show in May, maybe even 3 dimensional ones. Still pondering that.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

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Good morning! Is everyone ready for a lovely weekend? I feel like this last week flew by and I didn't really accomplish that much and now here it is the weekend and I'm not sure how it will play out. That sounds like I need to take control and make some decisions I guess. This is how I've been, just taking care of the necessities and not really making a plan. I think I'm in this hold pattern because Holly will be leaving in about 12 days and I'm thinking after she's gone I'll get organized :-/

Oh well. And today is my mom's birthday. I saw her yesterday for a little while, we had coffee and gabbed but I want to do something nice for her and I don't know what? Oh and my framing friend said that I need to get my paintings for my show in to her asap because they may have to go out of town for a funeral and need to know what's up with my frame job. So I guess I'll live the weekend by the tyranny of the urgent.....

Friday, January 07, 2005

Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

Today is Illustration Friday and the theme is disaster relief, this is my submission. Since I can't go myself to help the tsunami victims I pray that God would go with the people that do, that there would be special help sent, generous hearts and great compassion to love and sacrifice for those who have lost so much. Prayer and Compassion!

In other news, Tanner's cough has turned into that kind of choking cough that makes sleep difficult, we were up again in the night in spite of the medicine, bleh. Poor little guy will be sore today I'm sure because he did so much coughing. It's weird too, because he really doesn't cough that much in the daytime.

Also, today is art day in his class. I am taking him to school late since he's not sick in any way besides the cough. After that I'm going to have coffee with my mom because I miss her, I haven't gotten together with her in weeks. Then off to school again to help with the art project. I'm glad it's Friday so Tanner can rest more this weekend.

Wish I didn't have to run this morning, I'm tired too.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Promotion of Art, yippee!

Promotion of Art, yippee!

Yesterday seemed like such a wash, by the time I had taken Tanner to the doctor, waited quite a long time for the appointment, gone to pharmacy to get prescriptions, waited for those and then had lunch with Paul, the day was half spent :-/ Besides, I'd had so little sleep that I couldn't think clearly. I decided to give in and just have a day that was fairly relaxed.

Tanner went back to school today, he's on antibiotics and cough med with codeine before bed, I think he's doing pretty well now that his cough isn't keeping him up during the night. The weird thing is, he's not sick in any way besides the cough.

The Drop Leaf Gallery (at Rembrandt's) is wanting some work from me for a special "Last Thursday" event this month! I have a show in February but they are wanting to promote my work along with a sculptors work for this event isn't that great! This gallery is actually promoting me, I feel rather amazed and excited. It will be getting me off my bum for sure.

I'll be taking some stuff in to be framed real soon here, in preparation for the February show (scraping up cash will be a bit difficult) and using work that's already framed for the event this month. This is going to be a wonderful event and there is even going to be a speaker talking about art to the public, I'm just so amazed and happy about it!

Well, it's time for Paul and I to go for our walk, it's very cold (about 20 degrees) so we are going to bundle up and take off.
See ya later!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

I'm feeling bugged!

I'm feeling bugged!

Well actually it's just the drawing for today that's bugged. Cute?

Holly and I had a lovely time yesterday! I'll be getting back to all of you that wrote kind things to me yesterday, but not this morning. This is my first chance to get on the computer since yesterday and I'm rushing because I have to take Tanner to doc this morning.

He's had a cough but it got worse and we were up for hours in the night. Maybe the doc will have a more effective medicine for us. At least it's not after hours and I can get in to the regular pediatrician. Tanner is the kind of kid that doesn't get sick often so it's a big deal that he's missing some school today. And he's not really sick other than the cough.

So, although I'd love to spend some time checking in on all of you, I'll be out for a while with the little guy.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

After 29 years, she's leaving

After 29 years, she's leaving

Today's drawing is about Holly and I. No, this is not what we look like, thank goodness, it's symbols of the two of us. (as well as other symbolism) Even for the 5 years that Holly was married she lived close and we spent plenty of time together. I've been with her through all the illness these last years and of course she and I have been the best of friends. We have a silly little ritual that we do, we flare our nostrils, place our fingertips together and say together, "bondo". We look into each others eyes and don't smile during this ritual (well, were not supposed to) because we are by-passing emotion for logic, kind of like Spock. We've been doing this silly thing for years and I guess to us it's a symbol of our relationship being close enough to be goofy. Anyway, all that to say we are involved in the ritual of "escalation" in my little drawing. I can't remember why we call it that :-/

All right you guys can all say it in unison, Sheila is absolutely nuts!

Today will be the last "Holly and Sheila day" before she goes, Elton will be back, she'll be real busy and saying goodbye to lots of friends after today. So today we'll be together doing mother/daughter things, I'm not sure what yet.

I should say that we are all feeling sad about Holly's leaving, Tanner, Paul, Dan, all of us. I should also say that we are thrilled that she has this wonderful opportunity and wouldn't want to keep her here for our sakes, it's just a bittersweet part of life.
So, off I go to prepare for the day!

(Just in case someone doesn't know what this is all about, Holly is leaving for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on or around the 20th of this month.)

Monday, January 03, 2005

The Eyes of the Heart

The Eyes of the Heart

This drawing is about "The Eyes of the Heart", sometimes when we choose to "see" in this way we find that our wounds have been bound up and the healing process has begun.

Ah, today Tanner will be getting on the bus at 8:00 am, Paul and I will be taking our first walk of the year and then meeting with the people at Rembrandt's about their gallery contract and my show in February. I'm looking forward to this morning's activities.

Last night we watched more of the extra CDs for Return of the King, it's fascinating, honestly know I want to watch the whole movie again starting with Fellowship of the Ring. It is amazing how much detail was included in all the props and costumes for that movie, I wonder if any other movie has ever been done with such love of the story and painstaking attention to detail.

Time to go get my little guy up and ready for school.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

What New Years Day was like

What New Years Day was like

Good Morning!

It's snowing! I love snow so much. It snowed some yesterday but didn't stay on the ground, maybe today it will accumulate and Tanner and I can build a snowman, we'd both love that.

Yesterday was nice, the whole family was here most of the day, Of course we watched the Rose Parade and it was wonderful. Dan and Tanner and practiced roping the dummy (steer head with horns on a bail of hay) and recording it so they can see what they are doing wrong. They have fun doing that so they spent a long time messing around that way. Holly was sorting and packing stuff to take to Chicago, Paul did a little roping and lot of T.V. and I did quite a bit of food prep and drawing. Last night we watched part of the extra stuff on the extended version of Return of the King.
My favorite part of watching that is seeing all of the drawings that were used, in fact I am looking forward to watching it again so I can see all the beautiful sketches over and over. I think Allen Lee is a genius!
Today the guys are going roping so I am hoping to have some precious alone time later.
Cya, gotta go feed the people.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

The road ahead

The road ahead

I guess it's self explanatory today huh?

Happy New Year to all my Live Journal Friends!!!!

We went to a fun party last night. As I mentioned before, it was a tamale making party and boy did they make tamales, over 300 tamales, some chicken, some beef and some pork. I had never had a tamale that was so fresh, they are really, really good. We also visited and played games which was fun. There was just one other little boy there who is just Tanner's age, they played and played and ate tons of candy. At midnight we made a huge mess with party poppers and confetti in our friends living room and then went outside to do some fireworks. Tanner and his friend Judah thought the fireworks were the best part of the night. We came home with a bag of tamales, fudge and a bouquet of flowers! It was really a fun new years party!

This morning we slept in because we used Tivo to record the Rose Parade, then I got up and made my annual orange rolls which turned out great like they always do.
It's 1:00 pm and it seems like it should be around 10 in the morning, we are just not in a hurry to do anything today.

So that's it, the holidays are over and I am ready to get back to the daily grind.
I hope all of you had a wonderful time last night doing exactly what you wanted to do and enjoying yourself as you ushered in 2005!

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