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1. Music Monday - The Mercurotti

The longer I watched this 'duet' the more I liked it. Marc Martel has a great voice, and does a surprisingly good impression of Freddy Mercury (he is the lead singer of Queen Extravaganza, a Queen tribute band - endorsed by the original members of Queen). It's pretty great:



I do miss Freddy.'Love Queen....

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2. Sunday Sketching -

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


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3. Figure Friday

Clothed life drawing day..

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4. Autumnal Wednesday -

The days are getting noticeably shorter, the temperature is finally dropping and the rain has started up again - must be fall.
And the pumpkin sightings have begun! There's the orange and the white ones,

the warty ones,

the teensy ones,

the Cinderella ones,

the orderly ones,

the ones that are actually sweet delicious squashes,

the piles of especially enormous ones.

So much autumnal squashy goodness to love!

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5. Music Monday - The Miracle of Life

Totally gorgeous rendering of conception/gestation/birth - complete with a Hans Zimmer soundtrack.

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6. Sunday Sketching

Was totally falling asleep over that last one...
In the teensy purse-Moleskine balanced upon my knee.

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7. Figure Friday -

After our summer hiatus, life drawing has started up again.
Trying to get the rust scraped off my creaky brain and hand....

Long-pose day today. In 20 minute segments...




So, this is where I got... Not too horrific, but will certainly look forward to ramping back up again.

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8. WIP Wednesday - Meeting Sketches

Was at a meeting this week - and got a little antsy. Was bored enough that I didn't want to even attempt to draw them as is.... Caricatures...? Was funner.

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


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9. Music Monday - Nights in White Satin

On our retreat a couple of weeks ago, some of us discussed The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed - one of my favorite album 'experiences' of my young life. (One of our critique group members is way too young to have experienced it, or The Moody Blues in general. Some days, I feel old). At any rate, here is the penultimate song from the album:


...Breath deep the gathering gloom....

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10. Fall Retreat - Part IV (Adventures in Eating)




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11. Sunday Sketching


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

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12. Fall Retreat - Part VI (Making Art)

Typically a great deal of art-making happens in the cabin...

 ...but after the generator went out, it got much more difficult to do - lanterns are really not as bright as lightbulbs! (What did our pioneer ancestors do in all that dim lighting...?)

So, we had to move outside and work by the light of the sun.

Luckily, the weather was lovely and cooperative!


 More plein air happened than usual. :-)

 Of course this did mean that our working time was limited...

 (I had hoped to get more painting done than I did, but ah well... I did make some good progress)

 Of course, it wasn't all work. Besides hikes, walks and mushroom hunting, there was yoga and meditation and general communing with nature...

...as well as just some much deserved chillin'!

Lovely week as always. Thanks POBL girls!

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13. Fall Retreat - Part III (Adventures in Eating)

 As I mentioned, there were some rather glorious mushrooms this year!

 (Chanterelles galore!)

 We always eat well (artists can make the best cooks) - but when we get to add copious amounts of wild mushrooms to the mix, things elevate quickly. Mushroom tarts - 

 Pots of mushroom soup. Mushrooms in the salad. 

 As for one of the adventures I mentioned - we lost the hydro-electric generator a couple of days into our stay.... The remainder of the week was done by lantern....

 (luckily we are all also good sports. And inventive.)
The meals were spectacular overall.

I leave you with a photo of some of our 'pornographic carrots'. One of our more 'spicy' ingredients. :-)

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14. Fall Retreat - Part II (Into the Woods)

 One of my favorite things about our location is the woods -

 Everywhere that hasn't been cleared for the very few roads or other forest-service related areas is filled with trees.

 It was a sun-drenched week amongst the conifers -

 - which very atmospherically drip with moss and are surrounded by ferns.

 In some places, there is still old growth forest (so much has been logged over the years).

 Huckleberries that grow from cedar stumps....

And all the luscious undergrowth... (which this year, contained many many *mushrooms*!)

To be continued...

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15. Fall Retreat - Part I (Overview)

This year's annual fall critique-group retreat took place up in the glorious Cascade Mountains (as usual).
 (A view of Mt. Rainier).

We stay in this lovely historic lodge - 

- right across the road from a lake.

(which is low this time of year, exposing old tree stumps from early logging days).

Old stumps = abstract driftwood.

The woods and weather were glorious.

Fabulous eating and company. Adventures were had. 
And much art happened.

Stay tuned.

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16. Music Monday - Netherlands/Fall Retreat

This past week was our annual Fall Retreat. Dan Fogelberg's "Netherlands" always reminds me of our time up there in the mountains....



 The environs were spectacular - 

 - the cabin is lovely and cozy and lots of cooking happened.

 As did a lot of art. 

 Paintings were made. Mushrooms were foraged. Much wisdom was shared.

(I took lots and lots of pictures. Sadly my camera mysteriously saved them in a format I'm having difficulty opening. Hopefully I can get it figured out and post more this week!)


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17. Music Monday - You Can Fly

Ah, this makes me all nostalgic (plus gorgeous, acapella harmonies...)

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18. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee..


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

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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. 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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24. Sunday Sketching -

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


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25. 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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