May 29, 2018

Don't forget to fly

"There's always a moment when you don't like what you're making." 
Mom would say that when I was sewing a dress and I got sleepy and frustrated and wanted to toss it in the trash. 
It happens a lot still ... when I'm making anything!
At the beginning of this piece, the bird was the only thing I liked. I stuffed the whole thing in the closet. But the bird kept calling me. So I pulled him out and painted big flowers, and hated them, and more flowers and hated them (Who hates flowers??). Then painted everything black, then dark blue-purple, then .... you get the idea. Now I love it. Thanks, bird!

Don't forget to fly 
(last line in a poem by Al Young)
Mixed-media on board
14" x 18" 

May 14, 2018

May 11, 2018

Honoring scientists

Dear Friends,
This is California State Scientist Jim McCall. Yesterday morning he introduced himself to me and Zing! at a CA State Scientist Day the Capitol. He said his job is to track the source of oil spills. (“What does a business say first when there’s an oil spill?” he asked. “It wasn’t us!”) 
We started talking when I asked Mr. McCall about that creature in the bottom photo. "Is it a bird, or a collection of trash?"
“Trash,” Mr. McCall said.
Scientists like Mr. McCall were swarming around the Capitol; students were getting off buses, lining up to learn about bees and water and what happens to a gold mine when it’s closed. Zing and I are thrilled to be in a state that honors science.

This trash creature puts a "face" on the problem of pollution

May 9, 2018

Boring but useful

Written last night:
Dear Friends,

Today's most exciting thing was the HOA meeting.
Have I got your interest yet? 

Boring or not, I’m going to the meetings because I want to know what’s going on where I live. If Clark were alive, he’d go and I could stay home, but now it’s up to me. I feel like a responsible grownup. I even volunteered to be on the communication committee. 
Tonight was boring, of course, but useful --  and I did draw faces.

May 3, 2018

Loose-blooming orchid

Dear Friends,
Yesterday I made this pencil and watercolor drawing of the orchid in the living room. It’s looser because I’m using a pencil, not black pen, and bigger sketchbook. I hope flowers are blooming for you too! 

Apr 29, 2018

Dogs (especially Zing!) rule!

Written last night:
Today Zing! and I and Tony and Darrius (two of his neighbor-fans) went to the Doggie Dash at Land Park, a big green space not far from here — we went not to  participate in the run/walk, but afterward, to stroll the booths.  This  wasn’t celebrating purebreds; it was for dogs like Zing! who were adopted from a pound.  We arrived just in time to see the “I’m so Ugly I’m Cute” competition. Tony thinks Zing! will be a star next year. Zing! and I have been to this park many times, and never have we seen such a crowd. Traffic was a challenge — we had to park on a side street several blocks away. Dogs rule!

Later today I checked my email and got this from my high school friend Susan, who will be visiting us in May. She said:

"I'm looking forward to it.  Cannot wait to meet Zing.  And, oh, it will be nice to see you, too.

Zing! rules.

Zing is getting a manicure

Apr 25, 2018

The meeting I didn't attend

Written last night:
Dear Friends,
Yesterday I walked to a meeting about efforts to promote the arts in Sacramento. It was near where I live and I am interested in the subject. But I walked in and saw all these booths set up, and people in suits and with tired faces — it was 5:30 p.m., and they must have been working all day. This was a great meeting on a great topic  — and I didn’t have to be there. So I left. On the way home I walked through the rose garden, fully abloom in Capitol Park, and almost home I got a text inviting me to join my neighbor for a hamburger, and I said yes. That’s what being retired is.
This is the meeting I didn't attend

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