I present on this blustery spring day a couple of my favorite pictures since I last posted. The one of my porch view looking east and the portrait I painted of my friend, Liseli. At first I didn’t like it, thinking it didn’t look like her enough, but the more I see it the more I like it and want to do more of the same. I’ve been terribly engrossed in this business of living since last I wrote and haven’t had a spare second to clatter out my usual monthly missive, but I’m sliding into home plate on the comet’s tail of March. Wheeeeeeee!
School life has been full of jackassery from the beginning all the way to the end of the month. The mask mandate ended and with it any common sense about what constitutes good public health in a small classroom. 30 children have the option of wearing a mask or not. Makes me nervous, but I guess I’ll just have to hope my vaccines and booster do their jobs. The minute a 4th booster becomes available, I’ll be waiting my turn in line. No one knows which direction future viruses and variants will carry us, but I try not to spend too much time worrying about it, only a little. In 3 more years I’ll be cashing in my chips and heading for higher ground.
In the meantime nice blog readers and former class members still send me inspiring things in the mail like the bluejays.
Kids keep writing funny Spelling sentences. Some that need to be printed and and placed on the board.
The Victorian Box factories keep pumping out wave after wave of splendid scents just like they did last year.
Rain occasionally arrives in March when you least expect it.
Kids keep filling up their journals and starting new ones. I have some good writers this year that know how to knock out a journal page like nobody’s business.
Bring-Your-Stuffed-Animal-To-School-Day rolls around every Friday in our class which adds to the jackassery. One of my favorite kids who is a holy terror on the playground, brings his little bear to class and cradles it like a baby. I can always relate a little to the kids with poor impulse control, having had so little myself when I was a kitten. Meanwhile we’re reading about Anne Frank, Harvey Milk, reading poems by e.e. cummings, and everyone’s learning how to carry their hearts like teddy bears.
But it’s not all sugar and gumdrops in the little class in the big city and don’t you dare think it is! Not for a minute.
I been busy! I been grumpy! And when I tried to read a page of Anne’s diary aloud I got teary. I’m still waiting to wake up in a non-reactive world of peace and utter tranquility, but so far it hasn’t happened. No matter! I keep on truckin’
But I’m not too busy or grumpy to draw and paint. Except I was more productive in February than March.
Things are in full bloom around Moss Cottage. Every window I look out is announcing some celebration or other.
I posted most of these sketchbook pages already on IG, but here’s a closer look.
Suzuki Roshi said it best:
I like to read it when I get the idea into my head that life should be going much smoother than it actually is.
Settles me right down again!
Couple of these on a Friday never hurt anything either.
My back patio is my sanctuary.
On Saturday a couple of old friends are stopping over for an art date. Lucky me!
I made this handy dandy reference guide because I kept getting confused about which sketchbooks were finished and which weren’t.
I have an idea brewing. It started when someone emailed me and asked if I would consider updating OH MY GOUACHE – one of my online classes from 2016. Well I hadn’t thought of it, but then suddenly I was thinking of it. Lots of ideas were coming to me. Mostly how it would be easier to UPDATE an existing class than start something from scratch. Once I met gouache I fell in love, and never fell out of love. It’s My Thing. I was thinking I would just add a 2022 section to the class. Add a few videos with my current gouache practices and how I’m working these days. Maybe schedule a Zoom date where those who are currently registered can paint together with me every now and then. This is all speculative, but I think it’s a good idea. I’ll keep you updated on where all this goes. I would do it this summer. If you’re interested it would require you to be a current member of the class, that’s all. Registration is currently set at $35/year. I probably wouldn’t change that. This isn’t an advertisement, it’s just me thinking out loud. If you have any good ideas drop me a comment or email me directly. Thank you to the person who emailed with this idea in the first place. It sparked a lot of reflection in me.
Okay friends, this is all she wrote until next month. Stay safe out there. Stay calm, but if you throw a temper tantrum keep a teddy or bunny nearby to hug. It helps!
Send me a smoke signal.
Bear hugs & air kisses! xo