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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Retreating

Had a great vacation with my husband. More on that later. At an art retreat now...looking for my creativity. I seem to have left it behind with the store. But you know what? Painting makes me happy. And I haven't picked up a paint brush is almost 2 years...20 months to be exact.

Returning to real life is not going to be easy...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dear Mom & Dad,

My blog is not letting me upload photos from my phone. Having a great time on our trip. Drinking a LOT of tasty coffee. Spending a LOT of time dreaming about living on a beach. It's hitting us that we have options. Kinda scary/exciting to come to that point in your life.

Will write more later. Have a volcano to see. Love you both!

Kirsten

Friday, September 14, 2012

I covet...

What a great shirt!  You can find it here, well, you could if it weren't sold out...

Unearth, Part I


Three years ago (only three years?!) I went to a retreat with these lovely ladies.  And in just a few short days I will be with some of them again.  Funny how easy it is to maintain a friendship with someone you've only known a short while.  five days was all it was.  Yet I still talk to so many, whether directly or indirectly.  Thinking of you all & can't wait to be back on the coast with such lovely women!  Whether it be in spirit or person....amazing all the same!

Wall Draw III

Kendall & I participated in Wall Draw III today at the Beasley Gallery in the Performing & Arts building on campus.  What a fun project!  You get to paint whatever you want on the wall!  We went at lunch...I had Kendall grab us sandwiches from Subway & pick me up at work & headed over to the gallery.  When we got there, my jaw just dropped to the ground.


What a fantastic place!  A fantastic idea!  I love this!  And not just because I get extra credit for participating.  I would have done it regardless of the extra points!  These students have such talent...such imagination...I just stood there in awe!  The room is large...much space, many corners to create your drawing.  The options are endless!  I could tell what was drawn by the guys...dragons, wolves, guns, drama, hannibal lecter the teddy bear...and the girls...om symbols, flowers, hearts, peaceful.  I suspect "trypsy gypsy" is a girl.  I asked Kendall to think about what she wanted to draw before we went...I'm pretty sure other thoughts consumed her mind.  She drew this:


Balloons floating in the breeze & a hat flying by.  I'm sure there's some symbolism here...

From the moment I thought, "I need a plan", I knew I was going to draw an aspen tree with our initials "carved" into it.  How to execute?  Not so sure.  This is what I ended up with:


I loved every moment of it!  Kendall finished first & came over to me & said, "wow, mom, you put way more thought into this than I did".  Maybe.  But I really, really wanted to do this.

I cannot wait for the gallery opening to see how this all comes together!  Very cool!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Another Project...


This project I actually like!  This was homework over the weekend & I got my sketch book back tonight.  I was feeling really empowered...until Tuesday night. My teacher told us to pick a seashell from a box & we had to draw it...on 18x24 drawing paper.  I picked what I thought was a super cool shell.  It is not.  It freaking sucks.  I may try to re-draw it this weekend.  We will see.  I'm not sure the teacher will be so happy to have me re-draw it, but it sucks...it sucks bad!  So bad, I won't let Don & Kendall see it.  I feel like I should stop typing & go re-draw it right now...but really, that will not end well.  It will have to wait for tomorrow.

{sigh}

It's just been one of those weeks where I have been miserable.  I wake up exhausted & in a bad mood that I can't seem to shake.  Kendall & I are fighting like pros.  Low blows equal extra points.  We're currently tied for the highest score of the year.  Although I pulled ahead temporarily when I told her that her grades were indicative of needing remedial courses...she added points when she told me that our entire relationship since she was born has been a constant fight.  Work, which I love most of the time, has been particularly challenging this week.  Bugs in computer programs gravitate towards me & I found a big one today.   Which, nice as it is to locate an error in the system, meant I had to re-do all the work I did the day before.  A full days worth.

I think the planets are out of alignment...or something.  Moody, moody, moody.  That is me. 

Lest I sound like Debbie Downer, yoga has been awesome!  No one has passed out.  Well, that's not quite true.  Today we did a guided meditation to a cd (Audra, it was Keelyn!) & the teacher specifically told us not to fall asleep.  There was snoring all over the place.  And I must admit to catching myself drifting off a couple of times.  I highly recommend lunchtime yoga!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yesterday


  • I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Heck, I might have woken up in the wrong country...I was so off.  But Monday was worse.
  • Got caught in the misty rain twice..and it was delightful!
  • Had my last filling replaced.  I was dreading it so much I have myself a stomach ache...the numbing stuff didn't work too well the last two times. This time I was numb for three hours.  It was awesome!  I kinda like that weird feeling.
  • Out new dishwasher was installed.  It's so pretty!
  • Kendall hugged me like we haven't been fighting for days.  It was lovely.  Not to be greedy, but I wish it happens more often.
  • I love finding hearts in nature.  I'm not sure asphalt is nature...


Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Drawing & Things

Today was day three of yoga.  I've been to many yoga classes over the years...not so often in the last few months, but quite a few.  Never have I fallen asleep in shavasna (corpse pose) at the end of class.  Never.  Until today, that is. And I'm not even quite sure I fell asleep.  My mind was still racing.  I just couldn't clear it.  Next thing I know I hear snoring.  And I'm pretty sure it was me.  Here's hoping it was all in my head & none of my classmates heard me.  But lets be real, I'm sure they did.  And I'm sure they got a good chuckle out of it.  Me?  I'm just a tiny bit embarrassed.  But only a tiny bit.

This weekend I had homework for my drawing fundamentals class.  An interior blind drawing, a self portrait.  A contour drawing.  Let me just say that my contour drawing was no better than it was the first time we tried them.  Not my skill, apparently.


My computer on the deck table, with a glass of wine & my phone.  Hahahaha!



I started with the hair.  For some reason, I thought I could do better if I stared with my chin on the next one.  That would be wrong...at least #1 kinda looks like me.




I'm sorry, but hahahahaha!  



I absolutely love how the palm of my hand turned out.  The rest?  It's ok to call it lame.


Mia, lying on my bed.  Love this. Might even be my favorite!


Tonight's assignment was stippling.  We had to draw whatever we pulled out of a paper bag.  And we had to position it so it was composed correctly.  Then you had to add in a back ground to give it context.  I had a bag of zoo animals.  A tiger, lion, giraffe, ape & rhino.  See why I chose what I did?  We only had to draw three, thank heavens!  We were able to lightly sketch the outline & then had to stipple (tiny little dots) the entire picture.  The kids in class are amazing!  I have a long way to go, but other than the lions face, this is pretty awesome! 

I'm loving my classes!  Already planning on classes for the fall...maybe print making...or painting!  The opportunities are endless!

Speaking of opportunities, Kendall & I have been researching college options.  Talking about student loans (yick!), the Arizona schools & what they have to offer (she's not interested) & generally trying to come up with a plan.  For the first time in months we are getting along.  Could it be the fear of turning 18 on Friday?  She is not looking forward to that.  Or maybe she needs help with the college thing.  Whatever the reason, thank you!