Saturday, April 9, 2011

Please Bring the Sun Back

If you are the person or persons who've taken the sun from south central Michigan, please return it at your earliest convenience. There will be no charges filed. All will be forgiven upon its return.

I think I am suffering from a bit of light deprivation. I can't seem to settle on any one project. I have good intentions, but find myself drifting about doing a bit of nothing. Yesterday I did make some beef stew and watched the Tiger's opening day baseball game (they won!!) and folded more signatures for my books.

Today I have tried using pan pastels again to do another bird - this time it is supposed to be an oriole. I am not totally satisfied with the softness of it, but I think that is the nature of pastels. At any rate, here he is:

I must say most of my time lately has been spent with some of my favorite people. I had Miss 7 and Miss 8 overnight on Wednesday and they were thrilled to find at bedtime that they'd both packed the same pajamas. Can you see how much pleasure they got from that simple coincidence?

And I have also been finding ways to spend time with the newest addition to the family. I'd forgotten how much work new babies can be, but love talking to her and watching her struggle to make noises in return.

I think she likes me!

We are finally supposed to have temps in the 60s today with a mix of clouds and sun, so I am hoping to get outside a bit. Meanwhile, I should really put together another book or two. I am working on a special order for a 5" x 4" book and am having a lot of fun with it. I will show you a photo of it after it's been delivered.

Things are going to be getting busy starting next week when Nancy and I take a two day workshop at Hollander's. It is a Braided Binding Structure that I can't wait to try. Two weeks later I am going with a friend from Charlotte to a one day ATC get together in the Detroit area. The day after that Miss 7 makes her First Holy Communion.

In May, I am planning a trip to the far north for Mothers' Day and then have a two day water media workshop at Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph. Later in the month I am hoping to have my Mom visit for a week or so - she was here for our annual family Memorial Day party last year and really enjoyed it.

And then summer arrives with lots of outdoor activities, kids out of know, BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! I can't wait to sit outside in the swings in the afternoon with the hubster having our coffee. And I can't wait to try out the new front porch/deck that he is building right now.

I've missed you and hope you've missed me too. I have been reading the 100+ blogs to which I subscribe, but haven't been very good at leaving comments. I hope to make more time for that soon.

Thanks for stopping by; don't forget to leave a note if you have the time. I'd love some feedback on the oriole especially if you have experience working with pastels.



  1. Love your bird and your little ones.
    I'm sorry to say that the sun isn't in Arizona. Now that's an unusual thing. Wet and windy here.

  2. Your oriole is wonderful! I especially like the pose -- he looks like he's ready to fly off the page. I can't believe how big the girls are getting! How fast they grow up. We had a little sun today and I hope you did, too. A sunny day warms the heart.

  3. I love the softness of the oriole. Lucky you to have the grandchildren close by.

  4. Love the bird. One day I want to have my grandchildren all around me too ^^

  5. What a nice picture of the bird - I love birds! I am enjoying our 82 degree weather today in mid-MI and sitting outside watching my hubby hammer in some siding that blew off our house in the wind! I have been enjoying making art today and now I'm enjoying reading about it! : ) Have a wonderful day.


  6. I love the softness of the bird. I think you did a wonderful job with it. The kids are adorable, and the baby .... oh, the baby!! hugs, nancy

  7. Beautiful oriole! I've never used pastels so I'm not sure how to get a harder line, other than using the pastel pencils for that part. I don't think it detracts in this case though.