August 2011 Archives

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Torn paper. I think someone was opening a pack of AA batteries.
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Ah... August.
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Still a few warm days left in the year for my favorite drink: cold-brewed coffee with lots of milk.
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Over full with the wrappings that came around school supplies.
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Wasn't sure why I wanted to draw this tonight, but as I was drawing, I realized how much the shape of this pepper grinder reminds me of a lighthouse.  Thinking of all those in the path of the hurricane, hoping for their safety in the storm.
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Saved this so that I could paint it.
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This one never quite stands up straight, and sometimes falls over altogether.
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Part of an after-school snack.
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Some one left a spoon on the coffee table.

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Not a nectarine - this is a local peach. Probably hasn't ever been refrigerated.
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I posted this snapshot to Instagram, with the caption: "Game in progress, sketch in progress."

Here's the finished version.


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Floating over the treetops near the city pool today.
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We went out for dinner, and the kids stayed home with pizza.

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The sun began to set just as the city pool was closing, and we drove home through the park under a pink sky.
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A Prima - one of the first local apples of the season. Not sure I'm ready for autumn - we're still reveling in tomatoes and late summer fruits, but back-to-school meetings begin next week, so the new school year is nearly upon us. And the apple is sweet, tart, and crisp.
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And I'm sure somebody at my house replied with the second line of the old joke: "Pop's got the car."
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Glass paperweight - made for me last week.
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Pittsburgh has city pools tucked away in unexpected places, with unexpected views. This one is built near the top of Polish Hill, and you can look at the hills across the Allegheny river as you swim. 
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Also known as Black-eyed Susan. Now blooming in the back yard.
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A mechanical tool - probably not much changed from the nineteenth- or early twentieth-century - still used today.
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Made by one of my sons this week.
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The first local tomato - for me, that is. Others were home last week and got to taste them right from the farm.
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Some cleaning supplies look more like predators than others.
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No delays today, and the sky looked like this... 
...and now I'm home, which is even better.
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I was supposed to be home tonight, but the flight was cancelled (after I had checked my bags, naturally) and I'm not rebooked until tomorrow.  Back to the now-empty apartment for a quiet evening, and I'll try again in the morning.
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Reusable rubber-covered wire twist tie.

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Student presentations tomorrow morning, and then summer teaching is done. Lots to celebrate, lots to look forward to.
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My apartment has a view across the corner of the inner courtyard. At night, if I wanted, I could watch television once removed.
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hat

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New straw hat - an end-of-summer treat.
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My water glass at the end of the evening.
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I was tempted to add color to this drawing with the tea itself, but - frugal soul that I am - I think I can get another cup out of the bag, if I don't rub it all over my sketchbook first.
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