Wednesday, June 12, 2019

2002 drawings Regeneration and Medicine

I dug into some old artwork of mine today, as I wanted to make a small print version of the first one here.  Took some pictures before I put them away again.  This was from my linguistic surrealism / expressionism drawing phase that I graduated through college at NDSU (North Dakota State University) with.  Lots of ancient art inspiration and looking at picture languages of the SouthWest, Middle and South Americas.  There is also a bit of Picasso that shows up.. but that is likely because he was inspired by the same things, as well.

'Regeneration', 2002, inks 

 'Medicine' 2002, watercolor and ink

'Medicine' screenprint on cotton paper, 2003
three color process
about 8x8"

2002 Marie Winger (now Lamb)
A medieval penguin .. this looked very similar to costumes of the Black Plague Priests after I looked up people in bird masks.  However, I have no idea where the original imagery idea came from.

The Evolution of Cosmic Bear 2002
this tells a story about how Cosmic Bear went to the underworld and came back with his weapons.
It was a made-up mythology story for some of my drawings in my class.  There was a whole mythology of Cosmic Bear being abandoned in the Silver Forest, adopted by Fox (Cosmic Fox), and taught all the things about the Universe, interacting with humans and other Animals in the Forest and becoming a force for Good.

Thursday, June 06, 2019


Welsh cyfarfod - to meet with someone, to have a meeting. /// Cyfarfod Esme a gwiwerod yn y parc. Aeth Esme a minnau i'r llyfrgell a chael pryd o fwyd. Cawsom ddiwrnod da! // Esme and a squirrel meeting in the park. We went to the library and had a meal together. We had a good day! -- Bit of drama, we lost her library card in the park and had to backtrack to find it afterwards.. but it was located, and all is happy again.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

y lolfa

Roeddwn wedi bod yn addurno yn y lolfa. Cadeiriau newydd, lamp, desg a blancedi. Fe wnes i gobennydd crwn mawr ar gyfer y gadair. Roedd ni yn mwynhau'r pethau cyfforddus newydd

 I have been decorating in the lounge. New chairs, lamp, desk and blankets. I'm making a big round pillow for the chair. We are enjoying the new comfortable things.


We have more changes to make, remove some of the countertop, add bookshelves in its place.  That will push the room back another foot, opening it up.  I spend a fair amount of time now at the desk, waiting for food to cook, writing, reading...  I found the blanket box/footstool yesterday on clearance and am hoping it will be a useful thing. 

I am hoping we will keep the countertop area for the cats, and maybe put a big cupboard above (and maybe also below) that area for storing the things we do on open shelving there now.. keep dust off it, and keep it in reach but out of sight.  Then we can remove the rest of the countertop and open that space up.. but keep the desk area and the lounge area a bit separate that way.  We're still deciding on that - and once we have a firm plan, then we'll actually start doing more.  

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Painting practice

11x14" painting - Esme at the Marina path

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Columbus Replica Ships at Paris Landing

 The Columbus replica ships had been stalled three times in the flooding in the Midwest - but now they are here.  We went out to see them, and then took Esme swimming afterwards.  It was a fun day - and hot!
 The Nina in front, and the Pinta in back.  We got to go up on the aft section on the Pinta because it is a bit bigger ship.

 Get a pic of this Mom!  (adventuress)

Mom says we're supposed to smile - ok, she's smiling now!

We both wore our floppy hats!  Hers was less floppy than mine - more Indiana Jones :)

Friday, May 17, 2019

garden o bits

 Abstracted chickens
distracted by the morning's weeds

I spent a good amount of time in the garden, doing my primitive hack and plant and water by bucket... it felt like what was needed - that kind of work, seeds that (mostly) grew here... and got out the two little transplant seedling tomatoes and the cantaloupe.  I put out some tromboncino seedlings the other day and forgot to sunshade them (because it has been so cool and overcast and rainy) and the sun surprised me and killed them right off... I remembered to sunshade these transplants.

Put out landrace beans by the handful, black and brown and white and a lima bean and some whipporwill peas all tossed in there.  These are things we eat (well, the lima bean and some hopi pink corn kernels and two random cucumber looking seeds were thrown out as well because, well, they were in the container marked 'random'...)  I put out a cheap packet of our favorite sweet corn... 

Later today I still need to scratch out some more basil in the patch near the bought tomatoes... maybe a few more cucumber seeds (none have come up yet) and radishes (some.. but scraggly and only at the edges of the area).

The garden looks like a construction/battle zone.  I've seen deer tracks out there in the soft earth and was hoping by putting up tomato cages around things it would deter them from at least going directly there.

Planted the morning glory, moonflower amd scarlet runner bean also, today.  Last year's moonflower vines provided several pods of satisfyingly fat white seeds, that went in the ground with the five that were in the new packet.  The Hollyhocks are continuing to grow - the two plants that came up from last year.  I'm cautiously optimistic.  Something could still decide to step on them or eat them.

This is what I mean as primitive.. just what I can hack with the hoe and water with the hose.
The chair won't be there permanently.. it is keeping shade on the cantaloupe.. ditto with the contraption in the back corner for the tomato seedlings.

 several lilies are getting ready to be showy


 tiger lilies are getting ready, too - but a bit further off