And once again, what seems to happen cyclically around here has happened again. Every time I get into a rush on secret projects that I cannot blog about, the blog itself falls into a standstill. I get so focused on the major things… a sculptural piece I’m mailing out soon, baby gifts, the props for my upcoming show… and I forget that I can also share the small things that are just as important and fulfilling, if not as fun or tutorial-able.
Here, then, are some of those moments, from the last 6 weeks.
Over March break the boys went to spend the week with my inlaws. They learned how to play UNO and have been so hooked that even after being away from consoles for a week, this ^ was their first night back home. Ignoring the systems, ignoring the tv, spending a quiet night after dinner rushing to get ‘just one more game in!’. 🙂
I’ve been doing some coloring, mentioned a bit here and there on Instagram. I’ve got big posts semi-worked up talking about markers and pencils and storage, but while all that’s been getting ready, I’ve been enjoying some quiet time of my own while the kids play or while watching tv and tackling some pages from one of my new favorite coloring books: The Time Garden by Daria Song (US link/Can link). The wallpaper background on these two (and the subsequent 2 pages set in the same room) took about a week to complete, tucking into it here and there when my attention wasn’t needed elsewhere. I used my Staedler Triplus Fineliners in Mauve and Gray in alternating rows, and the dots in between the flowers were colored in Silver Gray. The dots within the flowers were colored with a metallic silver pen from the dollar store, and then I filled in the background itself with an old blue Bristol colored pencil I’ve probably had since I was 10.
We went out for a nice family dinner for my father-in-law’s birthday, and it proved to be a long, late night for the boys. We were driving home from the restaurant at about 9:30 at night when I peeked into the back seat and saw them, sound asleep, and cuddling.
Back to more coloring. After the long spread of wallpaper I decided to tackle something equally as detailed, but with smaller sections that could feel completed as I worked on them. I jumped ahead to the Ghiradelli/Pier 39 spreads in the book. Wherever I’ve found repeating elements I’m working on them at the same time vs having to make notes on what colors I’ve used where, so I did the large sign on the above spread and then jumped immediately into the matching cable-car page that followed. The crab sign is colored to match the real one, using various Triplus or Stabilo 88 fineliners and then a light shading of colored pencil, and then after coloring the sign and its supports I suggested the myriad lights with a metallic gold gel pen.
Saturday had another cute moment for the kids, when I passed by the open door to the den and noticed them watching tv like this. Go figure… they’re so close that even with a whole floor and mini futon and couch and easy chair, they still prefer to snuggle together no matter what they’re doing. I can’t imagine they’ll be this close when they’re teenagers, but it sure makes me smile for now.
Sunday night I was working on the props for my show, making lists of everything I still needed to take care of, and a plan of action, and casually nibbling on a piece of kernatzel (pepperoni stick). Turns out my cat is addicted to them. ADDICTED. What looks like a cute little moment above WAS TAKEN OVER 2 HOURS. Each one of those photos is 30 minutes apart AND HE NEVER LEFT MY SIDE THE ENTIRE TIME. Sitting. Staring. Drooling.
Finally, a bit more coloring, this time from the cable car page. I don’t have the materials yet for one set of props, and the others were glued and clamped and drying in the garage, so I made a fresh cup of coffee and put on a YouTube channel I like and settled down to color the ice cream adorning the cable car.
I got this far when Yannick came home, and I showed him my progress, especially proud of the shading on the center cones (all done with the two sets of aforementioned fineliners and colored pencils). “The cones look great,” he said. “The pop too. But what’s the turd on the end?”
Hmph.Who says you can’t polish a turd? (Actually, you can, and not just by recoloring an ice cream pop). The markers and pencils play really nicely together and I was able to adjust the highlights so it looks more like a slightly melty Magnum bar. I also finished up the chocolate and strawberry swirls in the center, as well as the neon sign.
Any more coloring will have to be put on hold, as tonight I buy the final items needed to finish the props, and then my next few nights will be spent making same. I can’t complain, though- it’s for a really great cause.
If you want to see some incredible dancers, some amazing singers, a hugely talented band… yummy food… oh- and me… then get your tickets now and come enjoy the show!