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1. Music Monday - The Wedding Song

One of my very good friend's daughter (who is best friends with *my* daughter) is getting married tomorrow. My daughter and I have been doing what we can to help out with reception details.

With all this wedding-on-the-brain, I thought I'd share my favorite wedding song. This version by Gordon Lightfoot:

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2. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....

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3. Music Monday - GotG

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy again with my college-graduating son last week. That 70's classic soundtrack has been playing through my head fairly non-stop. This trailer makes good use of them.

Such fun! Go see if you haven't already.

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4. Music Monday - Friend Like Me

Saddened by the news of Robin William's death...
So many memories of him throughout many parts of my life.
(The Drew Struzan poster for Hook. A flawed movie, but it had many very good moments. I always enjoyed Robin William's performance in it).

This is a musical one (from the approximately 20 gazillion times my kids watched Aladdin when they were young):

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5. Sunday Sketching -

Been SO busy... blogging has kind of fallen off the to-do list.

Here, however is today's sketching in the teeny purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....

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6. Music Monday - Aint No Sunshine....

Once upon a time there was a brothers/boy band called Hanson (remember MmmBop? their titular single?). They grew up apparently. And still sing. Quite impressively even! Listen to their lovely, mature cover here:

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7. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine, balanced upon my knee....

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8. Terrific Tuesday - Garden Tour!

Right now, I'm in charge of organizing a monthly activity for my group of church ladies-

 This month, we decided to go on a 'field trip' and have an official garden tour of the gorgeous kitchen gardens at the celebrated Herbfarm Restaurant.

 The raised beds were stunning as always.

 And we got some detailed insights from Herbfarm's own kitchen gardener.

 Golden hour...

 Blooming amaranth.

 Runner-bean teepee.

 Alium flower heads.

 And these fireworks-looking things are an ornamental alium bloom - new to me!

 There are also a pair of Vietnamese potbelly pigs named Borage and Basil. Darling boys!

 The bumblebees were out in force (and moving too quickly for my camera to catch well in the lowering light). It was truly lovely.

 We then met back together for some herb-based treats - made with herbs from *my* garden.

 The sorbets were particularly good (it has been so hot lately).

Lovely group of ladies, beautiful growing things and delicious treats. What could be better? :-)

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9. Music Monday - Say Something (Pentatonix)

Seems like time for another Pentatonix video... (love these guys).

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10. Donato Giancola Workshop weekend!

Another TLCWorkshop weekend - this time with the amazing Donato Giancola!

You can read a full report of the workshop starting here.

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11. Music Monday - Legend of Zelda/Remix

My son sent me a link to this remix of Legend of Zelda's:Ocarina of Time "Generations" (Forest Temple) theme, which is lovely. 

I'm always impressed by how much good music backs video games...

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12. Family Fourth

 Spent a lovely, relaxed 4th of July with family members in Utah.

 Here's Grandma with her newest grandbaby (being held by his older sister) -

It was such a treat that my trip happened to correspond with his arrival! I got to hold him at 15 hours old and visit him over the next three days. Lucky!

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13. Fantasy-Con

Spent a few days in Utah this week -
one of which was attending Fantasy Con in SLC.

It is the first year for this convention - which was very ambitious in scale and scope.

There were lots of interactive opportunities and performances -

Of course, lots of cos-play.

Darling photo-ops.

Mythical creatures.

Panels of experts and celebrities.

And my favorite - all the art!

Twas a fun day!  Will see if it happens again next year.

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14. Tuesday Garden Post -

Happy July! Here's a smattering of what's blooming now -
 The borage is tall and lush and breaking out all over in blue stars (the bees are very happy about this)

 The ornamental mullien is towering with spires of tiny blooms (which I must cut down before they go to seed - else there will be gazillions of babies everywhere).

 The beebalm looks like shaggy red star-bursts.

 The rue is fading, and the feverfew is coming on strong -

 - coming on strong, and blooming *everywhere!*

 The dainty fairy-rose is covered with pink clusters.

 The full-size roses are winding down (David Austen cabbage roses) -

 These are sterling-lavender - heavily-scented blooms.

 Some of the early veggies are bolting and blooming (some of which I allow - since their flowers are sweet and delicious. These are radish - which will turn into succulent, crunchy seedpods. Delicious in salads!)

 Calendula is opening everywhere.

 Volunteer foxglove comes up all over the yard.

 As do poppies. Hot pink or lavender or some cross of the two.

 We are picking fruit daily - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries... The figs and arguta kiwis are growing quickly - SO many clusters. It will be a good crop this fall.

For all its neglect, the garden is doing remarkably well. :-)

In other news, the studio chicks are also growing like weeds. I've had to move them into a larger box. We'll see how long I can bear to keep them indoors. (The larger they get, the safer they'll be from raccoons and other dangers when they get moved outdoors).

Happy summer - happy July!

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15. Music Monday - Barbershop Quartet awesome!

These girls are amazing!

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16. Figure Friday -

 Sadly, just as I am starting to get back in the life drawing groove, we are ending for the summer.

 Costume day today -

 Great model - 

Fun drawing day. Am sad to have to wait til September to do it again.

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17. WIP Wednesday - New Studio Chicks!

 It's time to update the chicken flock -

 - with a new batch of studio chicks!

 Just four this time around. It's the very end of chick-buying season, so I was kind of stuck with what they had left.

 A California White, a Red Sex Link - 

 - and a couple of Ameracaunas (so white, brown and blue/green egg-layers).

 (Ameracaunas are some of my favorite chicks - they start out looking a bit like chipmunks.)

Toby-the-terror doesn't quite know what to think about their tiny-chirpy-cuteness. I'm hoping he'll be more care-taking of these guys since he'll see them raised from babies. The last batch of poor older gals got chased a lot.

So, here's to Urban Chickens! 

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18. Music Monday - Underground (David Bowie)

After spending time with the Frouds on Saturday, I've had Labyrinth on the brain. David Bowie's credit song seems appropriate. :-)

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19. Music Monday - Rohan Kriwaczek (bagpipes)

It feels like a bagpipe sort of day....

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20. Sunday Sketching -

From one of my favorite photos of my dad. :-)

Happy Father's Day!

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21. Music Monday - The Lake House

I may have shared this before, but it seems to bear repeating. One of my favorite poignant movie scenes:

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22. Figure Friday -

 Given that I'm just getting back into the swing of life drawing, I decided to just work on a portrait today, rather than the whole figure.

 You can see the progress in 20 minute increments...

 (except when I forgot to take photos...)

Felt a little more successful this week... Sadly next week is the last until September given our summer hiatus. Ah well...

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23. Critique Night -

Had our monthly critique meeting tonight.
A couple of my favorite pieces of the night were by fellow-critique-mate, Kathleen Kemly.  She's been doing some really interesting collage/painting/patterned pieces of late. So fun!
 This one is about done...

 This one still in process. Love it.

I'm working on some initial sketches for a small job... Hopefully more to show soon.

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24. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.....

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25. Succulent Saturday - Our Excellent Froudian Adventure

 Today, Julie Baroh (of Krab Jab Studio) and I/TLCWorkshops went on a little road trip to Portland - 

 We went to see Toby Froud's puppet-short premier at Portland's charming Hollywood Theatre.

 The actual puppets used in the film were on display in the lobby.

 They follow proudly in the Froud-family tradition in  look and feel.

 After viewing his film, Lessons Learned, Toby and a representative from Heather Henson's company (who is helping by giving seed money to various puppet artists to make their own short films. Toby's is 9th in their roster) came out for a Q & A.

 Toby was enthusiastic and charming - with his lingering British accent.

 After the film and presentation, Julie and I took a stack of personal and Krab Jab merch for the senior Frouds to sign (Julie - fan-girling at Brian's side. :-).

 Wendy gamely signed a large box of her gorgeous art book. We got to chat during the process - until we were hurried out as the next event was ready to start in the theater.

The Frouds are lovely, charming artists and people. It was fun spending a little time with them all. Hope to be able to do it again soon!.

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