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Have I mentioned how much I love Jimmy Fallon's musical perfomances? The toy-band version of Idena Menzel's "Let it Go" is fabulous (better than the Oscar performance IMO).
And oh my goodness! The lip-sync battle with Paul Rudd is one of the funniest things I've ever seen!
(his lip-sync battle with Joseph Gordon Levitt is also pretty epic. Look it up. :-)
Oh, I've been blog-absent...! This has been such a busy time.
Attended FaerieCon West
this weekend, so got to sketch a few panel speakers -
- in addition to church (and more panels).
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee...
Happily, a number of top notch artists agreed to participate.
I also helped physically lay out the show, and 'decorate' the studio to make it more faerie-licious.
The turn-out was brisk, despite impending inclement weather.
(there are Pressed Faerie paintings as well as a number of incredible fine art prints).
Gorgeous graphite from Jean-Baptiste Monge
- along with many many other pieces. (You can see the online catalog here
Along with the original art, there are books and prints - so many visual delights!
The other thing I worked on was the snack table - a faerie feast!
- an assortment of dark delectables.
- and goblin fruits. :-)
The crowning centerpiece of the entire spread was this overflowing basket of incredibly realistic meringue mushrooms (made by an uber-talented friend of mine).
Aren't they gorgeous? (The looked realistic enough that no one would eat them until I labeled them).
This tiny art patron got her handful of goblin fruit and faerie mushrooms and staked out a section of floor to enjoy a picnic.
Lots of friends came to support - despite a bleak and snowy evening.
Thanks again to head poohbah, the illustrious Julie Baroh,
for facilitating all things Krab Jab.
It was a lovely night, and even a more lovely show.
You still have a couple of weeks to see it. This weekend, it will be at FaerieCon West
- along with a half dozen of the show's artists.
Gorgeous version - both visually and musically:
Church is early this year (9am. So not my time of day...) - makes the brain-focus-drawing-thing a little less...focused? Tried stylizing as I went. Various degrees of success.
In the teensy bright-red purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.
Man, I am juggling a gazillion things right now, I cannot keep up with the blogging thing. I did run across this fabulous blue-grassy cover of Rocketman that you really need to hear though:
Hopefully I can resurface soon...?
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....
I spent the bulk of this past week in Florida. My daughter is doing the Disney-College program and I traveled down with her to help get her settled. I stayed with a friend, who showed me some of the environs outside of the parks. One of my favorite indigenous things were the awesomely impressive live oaks, draped with Spanish moss -
This specimen was particularly imposing -
The placard states it dates from 1688!
Look at the size of that trunk!
It's towering boughs are dripping with celadon.
The branches grow so long that they dip down to the ground and then head back up again -
We stayed out amongst the trees and the water until the sun went down....
We did many more things... more updates anon!
We've extended our life drawing from 3 Fridays a month to every week. Now the fourth Friday is a long-pose, costumed day, and on the occasional fifth Friday (like this month), there will be 2 weeks of that same pose.
So - this was the first of two long-pose weeks. :-)
Lovely model. Fun pose.
Spent a lovely few hours in industrial Georgetown today - lunch and a meeting -
Krab Jab has just moved into a larger (very cool) space, so I got to check it and the new, current show out.
A few examples -
There were a number of dimensional pieces -
this one by Yvette Endrijautzki.
Ouija board by Julie Baroh.
And plenty of two-dimensional ones - Robert Tritthardt.
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.
Georgetown, and Krab Jab - a pretty wonderful, magical place.
(Check out Krab Jab's site
for a complete catalog of this show, as well as views of things past and forthcoming).
I loved the end-credit song for the latest Hobbit movie from Ed Sheeran:
New Year - bright, shiny new red teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....
It's always my favorite - drawin' the drapery...
...a little under an hour....
Given how so much of the country is experiencing a deep freeze, it feels particularly apropos to feature this anthem from Disney's Frozen.
I ended up seeing this twice in the theater (went with each kid of mine). A solid Disney entry - lots of good things about it: really beautiful animation (despite the oddly noseless distorted profiles of the girls), good memorable characters, some nice music - but rather forgettable plot and some throwaway songs that are less fortunate. I still enjoyed Tangled quite a bit more. But this one is worth seeing, if nothing else than to LOOK at the lovely things they did with snow and ice. (Plus - snow monster! Loved him).
Forgot to put a new Moleskine in my purse, so had to make due with my 5x8, rough paper one.
First Sunday of 2014!
First life drawing session of 2014 -
(which is always kind of hilariously well attended as all the New Year drawing resolution folks show up. A few weeks in, and it'll be back to more manageable levels).
Short pose day. Lovely, athletic, muscular model.
Looking forward to more drawing this year!
I've been in a couple of online discussions about art/professional goals for 2014.
I already have a number of things scheduled (7 workshops via TLCWorkshops,
another semester of Smart School,
weekly life drawing
that I monitor, attending at minimum FaerieCon
and Spectrum Live
, and curating 2 shows for Krab Jab Studio
and working on local Illustration Community events) - in addition to just *life* and family stuff - so goal-wise....? I think my main goal is to *survive* all of the above - to do them all, and do them as well as I can.
I plan to re-visit my 'goals' in June when Smart School and scheduled conventions will be completed and see where to go from there.
Feel free to check on me.....
- cuz it's about that time! (This version via Celtic Woman):
Last Sunday of the year. Which corresponds serendipitously with the last couple of pages of my Moleskine... (This was particularly fun since my husband was teaching today. I rarely get to draw him).
Finished teensy-purse Moleskine, balanced precariously upon my knee..
Twisted their arms and made them do a little posing (a thing that rarely happens anymore) -
Christmas 'morn' dawned overcast and grey. We had a lovely breakfast (at nearly lunch-time).
Had a relaxed present-opening time....
Naps, calls to extended family, and then *more* cooking.
Fancy Christmas night dinner - including the ginormous roast beast....
(Ed - the master carver...)
And a few family pics, since we're all together - thrown in for good measure! So nice having everyone around. Nice day.
Busy day of last minute things - gift wrapping, some Christmas cards, game playing, and of course, cooking. Lots and lots of cooking.
We let the kids help choose the contents of our holiday meals this year -
The son wanted seafood (in this case squid!)
I must say, I was a little put off by the eyeballs, but by the time they were cleaned, separated, skewered and grilled, I must say - not bad! (The tentacles were definitely the best part).
The only real casualty of the meal was the garlic bread (only a little incinerated - due to being 'warmed' by broiler rather than bake... Don't ask).
It was a fabulous and delicious dinner, and lovely evening over all. :-)
Lovely Christmas fare from Amy Grant -
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Today, the teachers got drawn as the Claus's.... :-)