topiary cats

topiary cats

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Plein Air PRT

The other day I went out paiting after work in Central Park. It was wonderful except for some very aggressive mosquitoes. I can get used to this painting outside thing. So much to learn.

I LOVE my pochade box. Even though it takes up half my suitcase I'm bringing it with me to North Carolina this week.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pochade Box PRT

It finally arrived! I am so excited. This box is BEAUTIFUL and perfect for pleine aire painting. It holds three 9x12 panels (wet or dry) and can be used as a laptop box or mounted on a tripod.

I've had a big urge to go painting outside and although I do have a French easel, it's way too heavy and cumbersome to walk around with. Then I thought of getting a half-box French easel but although they are smaller it would still be heavy. So I set my sights on a pochade box.

Late one night when I should have been sleeping, I found my pochade box on eBay. This was a real find- it's handmade by a man in CA whose wife is a professional painter. (Her work is amazing!) He stopped making boxes a few years ago. I don't know if this was an extra from a few years ago or not, or if he'll make more, but either way I knew it was mine.

This year I still have quite a few vacation days left...I know how I'll spend a lot of them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

First Paint Set PRT

Of course she loves it. :)

Does anyone know how to get those stickers off the floor???

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Cactus Monday: Bath Edition (PRT)

Happy Cactus Monday!

I am teaching Daya how to mix colors, and together we made this cactus:

Daya is proud of the cactus:

Here are some of Daya's recent drawings.
This one is very cute:

This one apparently is a picture of me! Daya is very specific on that point. :O

I think Daya is progressing extremely well with her drawings, and I am very proud of her. :)


Friday, August 07, 2009

Friday Night Trauma PRT

The exterminator is coming by tomorrow morning, so I thought it would be good to straighten the place up a bit. Because I have been painting every night this week and well...when I do that I don't do much of anything around the house.

Earlier this evening I cleaned the bathroom and the bathtub. So imagine my suprise when I went to empty the trash pail in the bathroom and there was a big hairball in the bathtub. Hmm...odd.

On slightly closer inspection it turned out not to be a hairball. It was a huge BUG. With LEGS. I swear, this thing came directly out of Satan's asshole.

It scared me.

I turned the lights out, closed the door, and called my friend Cathy in Connecticut (who is also scared of bugs but has lots more experience with them because she lives in the country) to tell her I was scared and get advice on what to do. She said kill it. And you know who your friends are when they stay on the phone while you kill a bug. Based on my very vague description it was either a June Bug or a water bug. I don't actually know what a June Bug is but Cathy says they are harmless.

Well, when I went in to make the bug go away I discovered it had left on its own- hopefully through the open window and far away from my apartment because I couldn't find it anywhere. I am very glad I didn't have to kill the bug. But it had better not come back.

Now, this is EXACTLY what I mean about Pigeon Risk being a nice buffer for Bad August Things. If I was in August the bug would not have gone away on its own.