Thursday

To 2011





A whole new year ... 365 blank days... just waiting for us All to fill them up....
and we always do,  no matter what... fill them up to brimming without even trying.. 
 ...like magic ..Time is...  
a world going round and round...
 sunrise, sunset... 
repeat... repeat... repeat..............


... tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock...


We raise our glasses to the New Year  and to You, 
with wishes of Happiness, Hope, Strength and Inspiration 
...and many Good Things to come your way.
Give it your all... 



HAPPY NEW YEAR !





..."the toad, the rat and the mouse" ... pen, ink, watercolor.. approx. 7" x 8",  in sketchbook


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Saturday

Journey with the Stone Wall

                                                                                                                                                          an update...


Looking down the finished staircase at the very back of the small north sideyard 
..but before this happened......  much manual labor...

*warning*...  it is rather long.... with lots of pictures because I  love stone... and the process of creating... ...they click to enlarge..




 They previously resided in the backyard of a large, to-be demolished very old structure in the center of the village about a km. away.  Well... we simply hate to see durable, natural materials go to waste and the owner agreed to us carting them off... so the journey for these stones began a new life.




The weight of the stones dictated that John could move only a small number of them in each trailer load, so as not to break it, as we had done one other time in our excitement to bring something home that was being thrown away... 
Trip after trip, he made... up and down the street, till he had lugged enough back to do the job.




...then figuring out the staircase ...digging and manipulating...
an exercise in which rock goes where first... 




...shovels full of gravel behind them for extra drainage...



..initial shaping and placing .............   and with the rock borders




I like it... no...   really... I love it!!! ... it's fun.
the stone steps are about 2' wide,
but it's the staircase to nowhere just yet... 



...finished and looking out towards the road...




 and back again... we plan on shaping the soil above the wall next spring...




this side is about done...


Then....  across the back and around the bend...





curving up to the left side corner of the deck...




... a  just right size deck...  




and curving down again...



Time to put these tools away.

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Sunday

Line Drawings






Practicing seeing the simplicity of random objects common in my life...

...outline.. shape.. volume... boundaries... contours... hard... soft...



The day outside is overcast... it is that time of year...  the light alters... changes...  brighter, dimmer but still, all shades of gray, subdued, resting, shadow...   all that nature feels is right for now...


Inside, where I am, I look at lines, edges, borders of  shapes...  that stay the same ...



I have missed drawing like one misses a good friend... I hope she visits more often.




...page size 9" x 12"...  I used a Pigma Micron... nice pen, nice ink... waterproof... fade proof...


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