Sunday, January 28, 2018

Drawing in the Gardens and the Woman's March in Phoenix

Last week we picked up some passes to the Japanese Friendship Gardens right here in Phoenix.

It's literally right down the road and this is the first time we've gone over!

At the entrance they sold us some fish food. We only bought one bag as I was focused on my goal, which was to draw from life here.

Feeding the koi fish was surprisingly entertaining though.

The fish swarmed with their mouths gaping. They were a throbbing mass in the water.

The fish are actually quite large. Here you can see them compared to a duck on the surface. The ducks liked to swoop in and grab the fish food.

We took a look at some of the monuments and found a spot to draw.

This is a drawing I did of the pond

Mike's drawing of the waterfall.

And Phoebe's drawing of everything!

Also last weekend we participated in the Woman's March at the capital.  On social media I've seen a lot of backlash about people marching so in response this is my list of why I decided to go:

1. I believe women should get the same pay for doing the same job as a man.
2. I think women should get the same care and attention to their needs and concerns in medical facilities as men do.
3. I think the police should properly investigate the disappearance of large numbers of Navajo and Hopie Indian women.
4. I think women should get paid maternity leave in this country that lasts at least 3-6 months.

It was packed full of people marching.

Me walking in the sun.

Another shot of people marching.

A gathering of Navajos and other native peoples.

Oscar found a quiet hill to sit on.

In other news I've finished up making the last of the musical instruments from Nightmare Before Christmas.

The Fish Accordion 

Sax from behind

The Saxophone

So now I'm back to teaching and making masks most of the time. Last week in my classes I introduced oil painting to elementary school kids!! It went surprisingly well.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Rorschach the mystery cat and our next adventure is set in stone

On New Years Eve in a burst of weakness on our part and sympathy for our daughter we went ahead and adopted a new cat from a PetSmart rescue group. Rorschach was an 8 year old black cat, who's adoption fee had been waived due to his age and color (black cats are hard to adopt out. People are still weird and superstitious them). Mike and I had seen him 2 weeks earlier while shopping and hoped he'd be in a home for Christmas, but alas there he sat in his cage on New Year's Eve. He'd been in a cage for 2 months.

The first week in our place he hid constantly. The second week we ran out of food for him so we bought new food that gave him the runs. He made an effort to use the box but also used Naomi's carpet near where he'd been hiding. So now we've been scrubbing and scrubbing but the carpet may be a goner. Anyway I hope he comes out of hiding soon. He is getting better.

Chloe flew back to Missouri into the cold.

She said they had an ice storm yesterday, but her new classes are going well.

I'm super busy with finishing these musical instruments from Nightmare Before Christmas for a client.

This one is finished but two more to go!

I've also recently finished my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. This was so much fun, I'm looking forward to doing another one!

The big news is that I've bought our tickets to Ireland for our art residency at Shankill Castle. We are SOOOO  excited!! Here's to 2018!

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)


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