December 31, 2006

one last apple


Rising or setting, this brings with it best wishes for a creative and happy 2007.

(Sidebar browsers - I've updated my blogrolls a bit, with more updates to come. Suggestions always welcome - leave link ideas in the comments, or email them to me. Thanks! )

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December 30, 2006

yellow green


Just in a mood to paint my feet yellow green tonight - not sure why.

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December 29, 2006

green pepper


Plan to roast this tomorrow. That, or turn it into a salad with the other one which fell on the floor and split open. But roasted is more fun, if I remember to start them in time.

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December 28, 2006

tangerine sections and peel (day 730)


Yesterday's painting involved so many layers of paint and color that parts of it ghosted through to the other side of the page, forming the basis for this day's drawing. I love the way drawing teaches me new techniques and new ways of seeing all the time.

Anniversary note: before December 28, 2004, I did not draw at all. I took photographs and wished I could draw, but I had not really tried to draw anything since middle school. Today marks two years of drawing every day for me. Every drawing has been posted to this website. I'd like to thank all of you who come to visit - some of you leave comments and I get to know you, some of you are more quiet and I know you only by the name of your home city in my server statistics - but your visits and thoughts and comments are heartening beyond all measure. Thank you for visiting, thank you for returning, thank you for linking to me and for sending me thoughts and words of encouragement. I wish you all the very best in your endeavors in the coming year - I plan to keep on drawing, and see what happens!

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December 27, 2006

tangerine sections


Left on the coffee table late in the evening.

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December 26, 2006

ginger tea


Painted by putting the damp teabag down on the page after drawing...

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December 25, 2006

after a long day


Probably not the only tired person tonight - but after a day of delight, of family and friends, of phone calls and visits, rest is good.

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December 24, 2006

left out


Two cookies (for Santa) and eight bites of carrot (for the reindeer) were left out on the hearth. We've read "The Night Before Christmas," and the last stragglers have gone to bed. I have a little picking up to do from our evening party, and then it is to bed for me. In the words of the poem, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

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December 23, 2006

partly cloudy


Ahem. A post about the weather. Blue skies and partly cloudy. Nothing much to see here... a house full of secrets and not enough wrapping paper. Kids wound up? Of course. No snow, and none in the forecast. Rain is likely instead. Still, we can run the last errands, redd up the house, and track Santa's travels tomorrow.

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December 22, 2006

last clementine


Somehow overlooked after dinner, when we were sharing around what we thought were the last two. We will get more tomorrow, if we can.

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December 21, 2006

clementine section


A bright taste on the shortest darkest day in our hemisphere. After you've peeled it and can smell the peel on your fingernails, try to leave one of the sections in the air for a few minutes before eating it. In the dry air of our house the outer membrane of the section will become slightly crisp. It fractures at the slightest pressure against the roof of your mouth and the juice and flavor and texture are light and sweet and sudden. (I think M.F.K. Fisher wrote about this - or was it megnut? - or am I imagining that one of them did?)

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December 20, 2006



Lights along the window sill in the living room in a joyous tangle. A first for us this year - usually it's all I can do to get a few sets onto the tree.

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power to the z-list

It's a short sideways hop from garlands to chain letters (and we'll be back to garlands later this evening) but every so often along comes a blog meme that appeals to me.

Renown and authority online arise largely from the quality of a site's content, but reputation also comes from hyperlinks, the currency of the world wide web. Because of the way power laws work, it can be difficult for some worthwhile, entertaining, and inspiring sites to find the audience they deserve. It can be equally challenging for the audience who want to find those new blogs to read. (If you can't find it, how will you read it and/or link to it?) Enter blogrolling and the power of the z-list.

So here's a list of possibly unsung blogs for you to explore. (You can think of the z-list as the opposite of the A-list - which are the blogs everyone seems to know about and link to.) I've looked at some of them and look forward to discovering others as I click my way through the list during my winter vacation...

Christine Kane was kind enough to link to me. I have added five new blogs to the bottom of the list - ones you may not have seen before, but well worth a visit.



Customers Rock!

Being Peter Kim

Pow! Right Between The Eyes! Andy Nulman’s Blog About Surprise

Billions With Zero Knowledge

Working at Home on the Internet

MapleLeaf 2.0


The Copywriting Maven

Hee-Haw Marketing

Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn

Multi-Cult Classics

Logic + Emotion

Branding & Marketing

Popcorn n Roses

On Influence & Automation


Servant of Chaos



Presentation Zen

Dmitry Linkov


John Wagner

Nick Rice

CKs Blog

Design Sojourn Frozen Puck

The Sartorialist

Small Surfaces

Africa Unchained



Marketing Nirvana

Bob Sutton

¡Hola! Oi! Hi!

Shut Up and Drink the Kool-Aid!

Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together

Community Guy

Social Media on the fly

Successful Blog


Instigator Blog

The Future of the Web


You Already Know This Stuff

Talking Story

Make It Great!

Simplicity Mary’s Blog

Carpe Factum

Ramblings from a Glass Half Full

Brain Based Biz

Home Business Wiz

Leading Questions

Web Metrics Guru


turned out

Purple Wren



Kristie T


Christine Kane

Steve Olson



the department

in viaggio col taccuino


... so those last five links are from me. You'll also find some terrific blogs via the BlogHer site and via Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters list if you are in a browsing mood.

And don't forget to check out my sidebar for other great links... links galore.

If you'd like to participate in this meme, here's how:

You create a new post on your blog, then cut and paste the list below (in Firefox, view > page source to find the code to cut and paste) and then add as many blogs as you like - blogs that you believe deserve more "link love."

I could have added many others, but I decided the round number 70 sounded good for a total, so I limited myself to adding 5, and excluded members of my immediate family (see my sidebar for those!).

The names that you add to the list can then do the very same thing on their blogs. Thus, one VERY long list will eventually get created. Some versions of the instructions suggest that you ought to remove your own blog from the list, but not everyone seems to be doing that.

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December 19, 2006



Sat down at the table to paint a pensive still life - a bowl of clementines, a vase of greens, a candlestick. But this caught my eye and seemed to suit the end of a day full of half-finished projects. So a contour sketch of a stepped-on empty tape reel it is. (And the projects will continue tomorrow.)

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December 18, 2006

popcorn garland


Continuing to deck the halls...

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December 17, 2006

pompom garland


Easy to make with craft store pompoms, needle and thread.

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December 16, 2006

no two alike


Voice still mostly gone, but the cold is receding. Optimism rising. No snow on the ground and none predicted. We make do with paper snow - both the cutout flakes and all the little cut bits that we don't quite get off the floor before bedtime.

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December 15, 2006

paper snowflake


So now I've lost my voice, but it is officially vacation. Not much talking needed. I fold paper, and she cuts it. Snowflakes will be taped to the glass of the front door. (To paint a snowflake you paint the parts that aren't there. With no voice this is somehow comforting.)

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December 14, 2006



Hoping vitamin C will help, as I try to shake off my cold before vacation starts tomorrow afternoon.

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December 13, 2006



Saw a sprig of holly on the sidewalk, kept walking... then turned around, retraced my steps, and picked it up - slightly muddy. Brought it home to stick in the wreath. But I drew it first.

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December 12, 2006

party shoes


Let the record show that I was not the one of my sisters who used to sing, "Happy Birthday, Dear Party Shoes."

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December 11, 2006



More work with the new watersoluble pencil. I love that when I begin to use this dry, the lines are very light and sketchy - I can see the grain of the paper interrupt the color, and at the same time, the lead is soft and easy to move across the page. Then as soon as I add water - wow - the darks are powerful and the washes easy to pull from them. Lots of contrast, lots of strength. Can't wait to see what direction this takes me.

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December 10, 2006

ribbon candy


I remember ribbon candy from when I was very little - I think one of my grandmothers would get it for us. Today we saw it in the corner drugstore, so bought it for a special after supper almost-holiday treat.

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December 9, 2006



Set the poinsettia on the hearth as holiday decoration continues. Want to have things looking festive when our eldest returns home for Christmas vacation, so we are getting oursevles organized earlier than usual.

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December 8, 2006

still sleeping


New materials. Saw a really cool-looking mechanical pencil at the art museum's gift shop, marked 50% off - so I got it. Wavered among various colors, and chose black. Thick lead goes on soft and dark. Decide to draw the sleeping child. Does it erase? Nope. O.k., fine. Let's add some gouache to put color around the page. The wet brush gets slightly too close to the pencil line, which suddenly gets silky, inky black. Mmmm. I will be playing with this a lot, I predict. Replacement leads are available, too....

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December 7, 2006

sleeper's hands


She was asleep when I got home tonight.

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December 6, 2006



This little tree shrugs off most of its leaves in horror when we bring it into the house for the winter - semi-deciduous, I guess.

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December 5, 2006



Not a flower out of season, but a crumpled Kleenex - very much in season, as too many people are trying to shrug off their colds.

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December 4, 2006



Painted larger than life.

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December 3, 2006



We haven't gotten to putting up holiday greens, but after drawing yesterday's shiny red ornaments this earthy green sprig of ivy may be a response.

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December 2, 2006

red ornaments


In a favorite cafe, when we pause in our Saturday errands, I see that someone has hung red ornaments from almost every corner of the dropped ceiling.

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December 1, 2006

feet up


Friday night at home... listening to carols... enjoying opening a new sketchbook... trying to keep things simple.

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