October 2006 Archives
Went to a civic event tonight, a roast to honor a neighborhood activist and leader, Aggie Brose. Over the course of 30 years, she has done more than any single person to bring people together to create positive changes in our community in Pittsburgh. Luckily this dinner did NOT mark her retirement, but was instead a celebration. We still have a lot to do...
We had this pumpkin cookie jar when I was little, and it always came out at this time of year, and disappeared around Thanksgiving. I guess I thought that that sort of thing just happened automatically - like the tide, perhaps - not realizing that someone (my mother) had to remember to get it out and then put it away again.
The conference at Carnegie Mellon on Technology in the Arts began today, and while I didn't document it as thoroughly as Beth Canter (who live blogged, vlogged, and flickred the day), when the keynote ended early I had a few moments to sit under the arched entrance and look out at the sky (and trees and traffic lights) and sketch the view. Don Marinelli had just been talking about pictures as portals, so I leave it to you to imagine the cool damp evening, the sound of traffic and out-of-towners wondering about taxicabs, and the smell of cigarettes which lingers outside of any smoke-free building.
We went up to Clarion, PA, for the annual Autumn Leaf Festival, so this view out my sister- and brother-in-law's back window seemed just the right thing this morning. I sat on their porch and drank coffee, enjoyed the warm air and painted and looked and painted some more. I love the color and light at this time of year - the air is so crisp and clear and the sky seems extra blue against the turning leaves. I caught up with the rest of the family and we went uptown for the carnival rides and games, and then we headed back to Pittsburgh, where our leaves are about a week behind these. (More color to come...)
Remember those looms for making potholders? You can still get them. The kit we bought came with enough loops to make 5 potholders.
I'm delighted to announce the launch of a new site: the Museum Drawing Project.
From October 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, I plan to visit the public spaces of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, every day the museums are open. (The museums are in a connected complex of buildings.)
I will draw something in a small sketchbook in response to my experience, and post that drawing the way I do here, with a short written reflection or response. I'm particularly interested in exploring what happens when my work moves from private (small sketchbook) to public (website) as it is experienced by an audience both in public (museum spaces) and in private (computer screen).
I will continue to draw something every day here at woolgathering, so I'm not going away - just adding another project to the mix.
Tonight's challenge was to draw and paint a chair while answering questions about factoring, multiples, pronouns, and antecedants. (This was bound to happen if my sketching time coincided with homework hour, as it did today.) My son was a good sport about the distracted nature of my help, and I was using the pattern of interruptions as an excuse to fool around, loosen up and be less fussy.
My daughter has made a paper cup telephone system. It works about as well as these ever do... whenever the yarn is pulled taut enough for good reception, it is moments away from pulling through the hole in the bottom of the cup.
I am not sure of the exact purpose of the small flowerpots she has nested with them. Perhaps when the phone is in stand-by mode you can hang up your receiver by putting it down on an upside-down pot?