December 31, 2007

overlook - 30 December


At the end of the Waimea Canyon road, you can see the beginnings of the cliffs that mark the Na Pali coast. The ocean and sky were so blue that I could not tell where one ended and the other began. I painted this sketch in about ten minutes at the overlook - could have stayed and painted all day... took photos instead.

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December 30, 2007

back to the beach - 29 December


After a few rainier days, the sun was out today, and we all went to the beach together - 22 of us. I talked with my sisters, watched children digging, jumping, and splashing (splashed some myself, as well) took photos and painted.

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edamame - 28 December


These soybeans are a favorite snack - easy, healthy, fun to eat. (And fun to paint, too.)

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December 28, 2007

frigate bird - 27 December


Went on an excursion north to the Limahuli Garden and Preserve, part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. We went to the Allerton Garden yesterday. Both were beautiful. (It's amazing to travel with a brother who is a botanist - his friends show us the most spectacular things...) Today I was with a group including a young nephew and younger niece, so took photos since I could not stop to draw or paint. On the way home again, we stopped at Kilauea Point Lighthouse, where you can walk out along the top of the cliff and see Frigate Birds and Red-Footed Boobies soaring on the updrafts. It's a bird sanctuary, with albatross nesting areas, and Nene wandering around, and the conversation of tourists is drowned out in the roar of waves crashing against the red cliff faces.

(I've gotten back online for a moment to post these images - still trying to fix the wireless router to get more reliable access - Thank you all for the wonderful comments and warm wishes. I hope you are having a splendid holiday season.)

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pineapple top - 26 December


In the absence of reliable internet access, jigsaw puzzles have become the favorite evening activity. I took a break from finding edge pieces to draw and paint the top of a pineapple.

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rougher sea - 25 December


We walked to the beach after lunch and swam and watched the ocean. Had mango shave ice on the way home.

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clouds - 24 December


Tried to see how much of the cloudscape could be conveyed with straight lines.

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poolside flower - 23 December


Bauhinia, I think.

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December 23, 2007



After taking part in the giant (four-household) grocery run which filled the morning with laughter and logistics, by late afternoon I had a chance to walk down to the water's edge with sketchbook and paints, all by myself.

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December 22, 2007

sleeping on the flight


Headed for a family reunion holiday to honor my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. We are gathering in Hawai'i, on the island of Kaua'i - everyone in three generations. The plane trips were long, but not impossible. We slept, read, and talked. My daughter and I drew and painted, and wound up having a couple of good conversations about watercolor and materials with the flight's Purser - when she's not working, she lives on Oahu and paints.

(The internet connection where I am seems to come and go - this morning I was able to post, get email, and so on... I tell myself to let that be another aspect of the relaxation of my vacation. Some times I'll be able to post, perhaps some days I won't. Expect a full catch-up and the more regular posting rhythm to return in the new year.)

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Drew in transit today, but find on arriving that the wifi here is not cooperating with my laptop. Can blog by phone, but not easily post pictures. I'll try to get it sorted out tomorrow when I'm less jet-lagged, or I'll post everything in a burst when I get back from my holiday.

(I'll draw every day..: can't imagine stopping just because I have technical difficulties with Internet access..)

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December 20, 2007

red socks


Putting my feet up and painting my socks. (Should be packing for the family trip - expect I'll overpack things to read and art supplies and omit something ordinary or essential. Family being family, they won't be surprised at this.)

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December 19, 2007



A real letter. Full of wonderful news from a friend, who writes to tell me that after years of renting she is closing on a house of her own on Friday. A letter like this seems even brighter in this season, full of hope and possibility.

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December 18, 2007

game player


Elder son with his laptop game, brokering a deal for bananas with Saladin (he says) and half listening to a video episode of "Yes, Minister," while the younger two, elsewhere in the room, read their books and put off going to bed for as long as possible. (ink and watersoluble pencil)

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December 17, 2007

candy cane


Was given a candy cane by a neighbor when we were out caroling tonight. 22 degrees (F) so we only stayed out an hour or so - but what fun to surprise people with music on a dark and gusty night.

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December 16, 2007



Holidays or no holidays, keeping things together.

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December 15, 2007



Painted my pint of Magic Hat while listening to singer songwriters Sue Gartland and Frank Bienkowski and friends perform tonight.

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December 14, 2007

sleeping - a study


Line and wash. Looking at the shadows. Listening to the furnace rumble and then stop. Footsteps upstairs. The clock. Quiet.

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December 13, 2007

clementine, gone


Everyone is under one roof tonight, as the holidays approach. So much to be grateful for, not least of which are sweet clementines.

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December 12, 2007

winter tree


So many colors in a gray sky, if you stop and look...

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December 11, 2007

carrot stick


Our locally-grown carrots have an earthy, complex flavor which varies from bite to bite. Out of state carrots may be sweeter, but these are more interesting to eat.

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December 10, 2007

one bowl


Cherry tomatoes in a small bowl, drawn without looking down at the page. I love the way the bowl's rim spirals out into space, as if I had charted some orbit path. (And I added color afterwards. )

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December 9, 2007

grapefruit rising


We have a box of them in the entry between the outer and inner front doors - that all-purpose winter refrigeration space. One or two come in each day, for breakfast, juice, or snack, bringing an icy-tart burst of flavor to brighten gray skies.

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December 8, 2007



The show was wonderful. It's a delight to meet friends and to speak with bloggers I've only known online. The art just glowed in the spaces, too: a visual feast. I got home late and painted a cracker (rosemary parmesan).

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December 7, 2007

my right hand


And the drawing is blue because, well, I felt like using the color tonight - it let me think more abstractly about flat shapes on the page.

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Will you be in Pittsburgh on Saturday night? The Blogger Show at Digging Pitt Gallery will have a reception from 6-9 p.m. Work of mine from the Museum Drawing Project will be there - and I'll be there, too! I'd love to meet you.

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December 6, 2007

apple slices


After using layers of paint yesterday, and taking advantage of the gouache's opacity, I thought I'd try to see how transparent I could keep it - how little could I put on the page and still get the feeling of the apple slices left from a child's dinner?

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December 5, 2007



I don't think of green bell pepper as having a particularly strong smell, but if you are sitting beside one for more than a moment, you notice it.

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December 4, 2007

onion, cut


Have been thinking more about line and printmaking lately - and I guess that led me to choose this from the kitchen counter tonight.

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December 3, 2007

graham cracker house


One of three made after supper tonight. This one had an upside-down ice cream cone tree and a gum drop snowman. (It turns out that you can - gently - saw graham crackers with a serrated knife to get a pointed shape for the ends of a little house. All the rest is just royal icing and candy.)

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December 2, 2007

by the bookstore window


We sat in the coffee shop at the bookstore for a while this afternoon. The kids drank fancy hot chocolate and ate cake, my husband looked at the paper, and I drew the view out the window across East Liberty toward Garfield Heights. The man reading a magazine kindly stayed in place until I was nearly done with the drawing.

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December 1, 2007

a new month


For the first few days of any month, I miss carrying the old month's sketchbook around with me - while the new book is mostly blank, waiting. I was thinking about that feeling and decided to draw the new sketchbook inside itself tonight.

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hand drawn

As part of DrawMo 2007, I drew my hand every day in November, and then used the 30 drawings as frames for an animation.

(YouTube link, if the version above doesn't play well for you.)

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