February 2011 Archives
Rumbling crash, then silence, then a steady hiss of rain on winter branches. Thunderstorm rolling in to town this evening - after a beautiful day, good sleeping weather. More thunder. Plenty of projects and plans for the work week ahead, but for now, I'm thinking about my library book and then sleep.
From our third floor attic windows we look out through chimneys and treetops at taller buildings and a church spire in the distance. Late this afternoon, the freezing rain turned to heavy snow. We may get half a foot or more through the night. After 60-degree temperatures at the end of last week, a sudden return of winter.
My daughter's boots. New oil pastels, non-water-soluble. The colors are subtler than the set I had before. I wanted to move the colors around on the page, so I used a tissue and some vegetable oil. Next time I'm at the art store, I'll get some medium and some transparent blender and see how I like using those. New materials keep me experimenting - and are just the right kind of delight for winter.
Gold plastic beads, to wear tomorrow, when the city celebrates another "Black and Gold" day. Our team plays in the SuperBowl on Sunday, and in Pittsburgh, that means at least half of the adults you see will be wearing team jerseys or other Steelers regalia. Even those of us who don't really follow football the rest of the year, get swept up in the regional spirit. Here's a link to an older version of the Steeler's Polka, if you want to get a taste of what it's like here. (And if you want more... )