Monday, October 31, 2011

Clowns and Witches...all say Boo!

Halloween Greetings!  I am finally home from school after a very long day of painting.  But I am nearing the finish line with this one.  I wish I had a couple more weeks so that I could fix a few things.  But it is due on Wednesday morning, so this will probably be it.
The assignment was to find two things that are opposite...one permanent and one ephemeral, and then find a way to cross over from one to another.  I decided early on I would do a solar flare and a snow storm....thinking the sun was as permanent as things get and that snow melted so quickly.  But that has evolved as you can see:)  My teacher didn't like the snow storm.  And then he didn't like my ice wall very much.  But Saturday as I was trying to paint the ice to look cold and more like ice, it started reminding me of how I felt when I was depressed a couple of years ago...like I was in a very dark, cold and lonely place.  And then I thought how friends that stood by me helped to pull me out of that...a hand up, so to speak.  And then of course the most significant hand up is the Savior's.  So it gives the painting another level of meaning...which is good! Especially since I have to write a paper about it.  And I paint better if I have something to paint about:)  I can see all kinds of flaws in the painting, but I have little time left to fix them.  My teacher liked the idea this morning though, so that is good:)  And I have a couple hours I can work on it tomorrow.  Maybe I can make the hands look more in sync.  Hands are hard to draw...and paint.  And the orange and blue paints kind of collide.  I should have made them larger too, but I think it is too late for that.
So in other news...:)  My photography class was a work day, so that is why I was able to paint.  I did have a friend suggest an idea for my photos though, so I think I have a little direction there.
Tonight for family home evening...and Halloween...I will probably be doing my thumbnails (little sketches) for my illustration class tomorrow.  I need to come up with 10 or 15.  Sounds easy?  Not!  But I will just do it.  We don't usually have very many trick or treaters here.  Even my grandkids think we live too far:(  And I suppose they are right...especially when you are trying to fill up your sack.
Well, I hope you have a fun and cheery Halloween night!  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together.  HAVVVGFHE!!!  Melody
P.S.  We just had two trick or treaters!  Things are looking up!!!

Happy Halloween!

Good morning!!!!! :)  TTTL  Melody

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm following in His Ways:)

Good Sabbath!  I just wanted to send a cheery hello!  I am rushing....I don't usually on Sunday, but I have choir early and I invited family over for dinner:)  Should be a good day!  I hope your day is lovely!  Melody

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Evening Post

Hi again!  I have another link for you.  It is a skit of Red Skelton.  He was my favorite comedian when I was a little girl...and an older girl.  He was around for a long time!  I love this skit because it also makes fun of the old westerns which I also loved.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this bit of comedy on a Saturday night.
     I made good progress on my painting, but I took it over to the school without photographing it.  Just as well.  I will take a good photo when it is completed.  So enjoy your evening!  I am going to be working on my relief print....homework never ends!  Take care!  Melody

The Ecstasy...you know... from the agony and the ecstasy:)

Good morning!  It is chilly this morning!  But warm inside our cozy home.  And I am excited for today.  I am going to paint, paint, paint!  And when I am almost done I will post it.  I hope it turns out on canvas the way it looks in my head.  I had a sort of a breakthrough about it as I was tossing and turning last night...so there is some benefit in not sleeping well:)
And....I have a few funny things to share.  First one from Mel...who is always coming up with new and interesting ideas:)  We were watching some movie with Adam Sandler or someone....anyway he was pretending to be a plastic surgeon and Jennifer Anniston was pretending to be his wife....Mel turns to me and says, "You are married to a plastic surgeon!"  That made me laugh right out loud!  Because of course he is right.  He is technically a tool and die maker, but he makes molds that mold plastic parts.  And he is always having to fiddle with the plastic.  So....a plastic surgeon:)
Next....I have a most wonderful link for you....Buddy Greene - harmonica.  I guess I expected something like this at Yellow Pine.  Sigh!
I forget what the other funny things were....sorry, but I have a rather tender little tale from yesterday.  I called Julie to see how things were going.  She sounds cheery and apparently the kids are all doing well.  Josephine is slowly relaxing and becoming more her real self....teasing her brothers!  I like that.  Anyway, we had a nice conversation about how well everything is going and then I said, "Bye, I love you."  She answered, "Bye, I love you too.  Oh, and Josephine says to say she loves you too!"  That made my day!  She really is a sweetheart...both Josephine and Julie:)
Well, I best get on with my painting day.  I will try to post later today if the painting turns out well.  Take care and keep smiling!  The world is an amazing and wondrous place!  And grandchildren make it more so!   As do friends:)  HAVVVGW!!  Melody

Friday, October 28, 2011

Date Night!

Good evening!  Well, I got half of the things done I had planned for today:)  But it was a good day nonetheless.  I painted, visited, printed, invited my dad for dinner Sunday, and came home to make dinner for Mel tonight!  I feel a little like a superwoman today, so we are watching Captain America.  I hope it is worth watching!  I'm grateful for television pay per view movies.  So much nicer to stay home where it is warm!
Well, I better get back to the movie...I made cookies!  Much better than popcorn:)  Take care and HAVVVGE!!!  Melody

Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Good morning!   It is a little early here....1:50 a.m. and I can't sleep.  Or rather I can't fall back asleep.  My mind just keeps racing with all of the things I need to do today.  So...I thought if I blogged about it, maybe I could fall back asleep.  It's bound to work.  Also I just took some melatonin:)  Not a lot...just enough so that I can persuade my body it really is tired.  And I am drinking a bit of milk...my grandma's trick.
So when it really is morning...I need to paint!  I want to get as much of the painting done as I can today and tomorrow so that it has Sunday to set up.  But I also have visiting teaching appointments starting at 10 am.  We have tried to go earlier but our sisters have been busy with one thing and another.  I have talked to them all.  I am trying to be a concerned friend...but they are busy like me:)
After that I have to go over to the university and work on my printmaking.  There is lots to do in that class. Besides the lithography assignment we also have a new linoleum cut project...both due next week I think.  I need to check my notes on that.  I am hoping it is the week after.  I will take my camera along.  I have some ideas for my next photography assignment, and I don't want to miss the opportunity of good sunshine!  I also need to go and visit with my dad and Barb.  So I will do that after I am done with the printing.  Then I will come back home and paint....I hope there will be enough daylight left to get something accomplished!
Oh, and then there is my giant squid:)  I can't decide how I want to approach this one.  I need to make thumbnails by Tuesday.  So I may have some time to do that tomorrow.  But do you see all of the little balls I am juggling?  It's no wonder I wake up and think on it all.  Still, I am not worrying about things I have no control over.  I think school has been good for that.  I used to lie awake trying to solve everyone's problems that I had no control over.  So at least I lie awake thinking about how to solve things that are solvable:)
Well, I probably should get back to bed.  I think the melatonin has kicked in.  I am starting to yawn:)  Thanks for listening:)  Nighty night!  Sweet Dreams!!  Melody

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Warm and Cozy Back Home

Good evening!  I found this on facebook and thought I would share.
It gave me a giggle.  I get so behind with the housework around here with schoolwork a constant distraction!
     So I am excited....I got special permission to use another printer at the school to make my polyester print plates!  So all of that frustration I was experiencing yesterday is totally gone!  And that feels good.  I also brought home my oil painting....no easy task!  It is big...and heavy.  But it is taking shape.  Maybe I will have it mostly done by Monday.  And illustration class was down right wonderful today!  I found out that my teacher had published a book with Random House, and he really did know his stuff, and brought all kinds of things for us to see in his correspondence with them;  mockups, portfolio ideas, etc.  I learned a ton.  I told him I had submitted a book that got rejected, and he was very encouraging about how you just have to keep trying, make sure your project is professional, maybe even get an agent.  But I think he would help me if I needed help, and that is very good.  It is scary to me, and I need a mentor:)  Also it made me realize looking at his stuff how much further I need to progress before I can feel like my work is good enough.  Lessons learned in a hurry!  And a lot less painful than a ton of rejection letters...which according to him I will probably get even when it is good enough:)  I felt like I learned something useful and even a little exciting today.  Seeing his work made me think, "I can do this."  He is turning out to be a pretty good teacher.
Also I am excited about my next illustration in that class.  I am illustrating a giant squid!  Along with the letter G.  I think it will be fun and interesting.  I have already found out that they can grow to be 43 feet long! (The squid, not the letter:)  Also the other ladies in my group are doing interesting things too, and I think together we have come up with interesting parameters.  One of the gals has a lot better imagination than I do and she is really helpful in coming up with cool stuff.  So I am liking this.  Can you tell?  All in all it has been a very good day.
Now I am back home where things are warm and comfortable and just feel good.  And that is the best part of my day so far!  I hope your day has gone well.  Take care and remember I'm still pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!  TTTT  Melody

Buenos Dias!

Good morning!  I am rushing to get to school....I slept in!  I just had to post that because it is so rare:)  I feel so rested!  I, I, I....sorry there is so much about me.  That's the trouble with blogging....it is very one sided.  Well, hope all is well in cyberspace!  Take care and have a GRRRRRRRReat wan!!!  I am off to be a bright light in Babylon:)  Melody

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bozo and I

Hello, hello!  Remember that?  That is how Bozo the Clown used to begin his records...."Hello, hello, this is Bozo the clown!"  I used to have a lot of those records....Bozo and his Rocket Ship, Bozo and the Circus, Bozo and the Birds...I really enjoyed those as a little girl.  I can still remember turning the page at the sound of the pogo stick boinging away.  The world was simpler then!  It has certainly come a long way ... Iphones and pads, photoshop and printing.  It is all amazing!  And I am scrambling to keep up!
The morning went well.  We had our midterm critique in my oil painting class.  We each had a turn at critiquing another person's painting...and I think we got graded on it.  I was a little nervous.  My teacher made a point to tell me I did well, and I think that was to make me feel better:)  My painting got good comments...things I can definitely use as I finish up the painting.  It is due next Wednesday.  I will bring it home tomorrow and work on it this weekend.  I will post a picture when there is something to post.
Photography class was a work day.  I looked up a few photographers I like in the library and checked out a few books.  I am still deciding what to do in there.
After school I grabbed some Wendy's and then went back to do printmaking.  That is when my day started to get frustrating.  First I cut my polyester plate to the right size.  I wasn't sure on that so I went and asked the teacher in her office how large of a sheet the printer would take. Then I worked on getting my image just right on the computer, split the channels (Yeah, I am learning gradually to do this stuff), saved it onto my flash drive and then started printing the first print plate.  That's when I discovered the printer was messed up!  There were four large white dots going across the image.  So I asked the teacher and she said, "Yeah, you'd better not use that.  It has been acting up.  Try Fed Ex print store."  Insert a little "grrrr" here....not audible of course:)  So after I purchased some more polyester sheets from the bookstore, I headed towards Kinko's.  But it wasn't there.  Sooooo....I headed over to where another Kinko's was and it had also been replaced with a Fed Ex store.  So I took my chances and went in.  At Fed Ex they told me that I couldn't use a Tiff file on the self help printers....??????  Anyway, I complied and took it to the counter.  She told me they couldn't open my files.  So after two hours of running around I have not gotten anything done for this class.  Frustration:)  SIGH!
So luckily I have a forty-five minute commute:)  It was good to listen to the Mormon channel and hear Sister Beck talk about adversity on my way home.  Talk about good timing!  I needed to hear that.  It was a good reminder that my adversities today were really not much in the long term.  Eventually I will figure out the printmaking...or not.  I don't suppose it will be of much consequence either way.
So....I choose to be happy:)
And tonight I will read some of the books I got from the library.  One is full of Henri Cartier Bresson's work.  It is really amazing.  Another has Sophie Calle's photos with a story.  She is a photographer who writes little stories to go along with her pictures.  I may imitate her, since I like telling stories, and it might be fun to combine that with photographs.  I will think on it.  It is fun to be doing all of this.
So, I hope your day has been delightful!  And challenging:)  Life would get dull if there weren't a few little bumps in the road now and then.  But my advice?  Keep smiling!  I am getting better at it!  Take care.  I'm still pulling for you!  Remember we're all in this together!   And HAVVVGE!!!   Melody

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Giggling...just a little!

Hi again!  I thought I should report some good news, but there wasn't any.....badump bump!  No, I did have a good illustration class this morning.  It's funny because I didn't really like this class at first.  But now I kind of look forward to it.  And I got an A- on the quiet knife project:)  I guess I am easily bribed with good grades.  And as I was getting my work from the pile I overheard someone say, "I guess he doesn't give A's."  I resisted saying, "Yes, he does!"  Anyway, it felt good.  And our next project is what I have really been looking forward to....illustrating children's books!  He has one that was published, but he says he doesn't really have the time it takes to keep doing it.  But he is going to teach us all he knows about getting ready for a publisher.  I am really excited about learning.  I really do want to publish a book before I die.  Our project is to illustrate a letter for an alphabet book.  I got the letter G.  We are split into groups to draw up the parameters....we have to illustrate an animal that goes with our letter.  So my group wants to do sea creatures.  I guess that will work.  I am researching now on google to see what animals start with g that live in the sea.  I think I can have fun with this one.  Great white shark....or gray seal?  I think I may go for a green sea turtle!

Printmaking was a little frustrating.  I am doing a watercolor print and we have to print it.  There is only one computer and printer on campus that we can use....and it was busy all class period.  I asked the TA if I could print it at Kinko's and he said it might work.  Not too encouraging.  So I will stay after school tomorrow and see if I can use the printer then.  I will figure out something!
So, the sign downtown was mildly funny....."Tangent - a gentleman exposed to the sun".  I forget the other side.  I can feel it in my head floating around, but I just can't get it:)  Do you ever have that feeling?  I have it more often than I would like!
Well, I hope your day is going well!  I am still pulling for you!  Take care and keep smiling.  I am smiling from this side:)  HAGrrrrreatEvening!  Melody

Tuesday

Good morning!  It is weird to be up before the sun.  But that is life in Idaho.  It won't be long before it feels like we are close to the north pole....but I am not going to be negative today:)  So I will start by being thankful that I live in a beautiful place in a nice comfy home with a loving husband.  Not too shabby!  And I can be grateful for school of course.  I am thinking I am going to retake the painting class I am taking now next semester...with a different instructor.  I have time in my schedule, and this teacher is supposed to be fantastic.  And otherwise I might not do any very serious painting next semester.  I have this part of me that thinks it is a waste to retake a class, but the truth is I could use the practice.  And every teacher is so different in their approach.  I went online this morning to see if the class was still open, but the site is down for regular maintenance.  So in about fifteen minutes I can see if the class is still open.  And I can always drop a class if I need to.
So today I have....do you know my schedule?   I talk about it enough:)  Today is illustration with my teacher who went to New York.  I hope he is back.  But if not I can find plenty to do on campus until my next class which is printmaking.  I have decided that one of the problems in printmaking is that the instruction is too quick and I never really understand what we are doing in there until after we have done it.  I kind of like the big presses.  They are hand driven and fun to work.  And I like the process of making a print.  I think I just need more practice or something.  And like every class I always wonder what is OK.  What are the rules?  I guess I am slowly figuring things out.  And I can do this!
Soooooo...I guess I will sign off.  I hope your day is lovely and productive.  I am including this link for your enjoyment...a  doggy on a motorcycle!  Enjoy your day!  Melody
P.S. I got the painting class...but I had to drop the art history.  I have time though...I will take it in the summer or fall.  And I found out I can take the painting class and still get credit.  So all is well:)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Practically Perfect:) Are you Laughing?

Hallooooo!  I am finally getting around to my blog today.  It has been an interesting day.  I did blog earlier, but it sounded so negative I decided to erase it and take a nap.  That helped:)  I think when I am too tired I get a tad negative.  No, I get down right snappy.  So, now I am feeling much better about the day.
I got up early to get to school early, so that I could register before my first class started.  I was able to get all of the classes I had planned on, so that means I will be taking illustration, drawing, sculpture and art history...from the renaissance until now.  I think it will be a good combination of classes.  At least I hope so.  This semester has been hard with four studio classes.  And mid semester it continues to be hard.  I mostly feel like I have so much to learn and I wonder if I ever will.  But I guess it isn't a contest.  It's weird how being in school begins to make you feel like you are in a contest.  I think it is the grading.  If they just forgot the grades and instead concentrated on teaching you what they knew it would be better I think.  But I suppose not everyone would do well without a little competition...I think this is where I insert a rather large and heavy sigh:)
In my painting class I am painting ice....not actual ice, but a depiction of ice juxtaposed against the other side of the painting which is a solar flare.  I had this idea that I could make a wall of ice, divided a little like a pedigree chart:)  No, I am not sure how this ties together...something about seeing through a glass darkly and the faith it takes to stay the course and .....?And it's hard.  The teacher came around as he does and said it was looking kind of flat.  He is right of course.  But I had only blocked it in.  He sat down and painted on it a little.  I think I learn things when he does that, but I am still getting used to that.  And I will work on it until it looks more three dimensional.  But I think he is feeling a little panicked for our class.  The painting is due next Wednesday and most people in the class have not progressed even as far as I have.  I may have to bring it home this weekend and paint on it.
In photography we are beginning a new project.  We are supposed to pick a photographic artist and try taking photographs like that artist would.  It sounds simple enough...hahahahahahaha!!!  I guess I can do this.  But it really sounds hard to me.  We did watch a couple of films today in class to help us come up with an idea or two.  I suppose when I am feeling more rested it won"t sound so difficult.
Anyway, life as a student is racing on.  And I am trying hard to keep up.  I feel old, wrinkly, tired, and definitely out classed by younger more energetic students.  But it is all good.  I just have to keep reminding myself of that.  And in the meantime I keep thinking of my sweet new granddaughter, Josephine.  She is facing a much more difficult mountain of learning than I have ever faced.  And yet she smiles with her beautiful smile.  I keep seeing her in my mind's eye....and praying for her, and Nadia too.  And really for all of my beautiful, talented and amazing grandchildren.  They will need extra help to be strong in the world today.  But that's a whole new topic:)
Sweet Josephine
So take care, mes amis.  I hope today is bringing you lots of wonderful insight and blessings.  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Have a most wonderful family night!  Melody

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gorgeous!

Julie with her girls
Good evening!  We are home and it feels good, though I am already missing my daughters and grandchildren.  We had a fun weekend!  I thought I would share a few pictures.  Nadia has mush on her face for a couple of them.
So being home again means...back to the old grindstone:)  I am having fun trying to figure out classes for next semester.  Yep, it is registration for spring semester in the morning!  What fun!  I think I am going to take sculpture:)  And drawing...and illustration.  And maybe another art history class.  I am still debating on that one!
Well, just wanted to share the fun!  Hope you are having a wonderful night!  TTTT  Melody


Grinning from ear to ear!

Good Sabbath! Life is wonderful and Sundays are the best. We had a wonderful day yesterday at Julie's getting to know Josephine and Nadia. What sweet girls! And Julie is so happy to have them home finally. The boys are glad for them too and so far they all get along great. I am amazed. I guess as time goes by things will normalize and they will develop all the normal sibling rivalry but for now it is fun to see them all trying so hard to please each other. The thing I was most impressed with is how sweet these girls are to each other. They really are bonded which is a good thing I am sure.
So in light of all of this I am thinking how prayers are always answered. Not immediately, and not always the way we expect, but answered nonetheless. And I am grateful and amazed.
Well I hope you have a wonderful Sabbath day! Take care! Keep smiling! I am smiling wide and plan to stay happy all day long! HAVVVVGW!!! Melody

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday is a special day today!

Good morning! Today's the day. We got here too late last night to meet our new granddaughters, so we are meeting them this morning! I am excited! I guess the time change is quite enormous for them. Africa is on the other side of the world you know Julie said they have been going to bed before it is dark, but each day is a little better. Foods are also a real change for them. I guess they think fried rice is a real treat. And our sweets are way too sweet for them. A real culture shock.
Well, off we go! I am smiling wide today!!! I hope you are too! Enjoy the day!!!!! Melody

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy, Happy!!!

Good morning!  I am smiling and feeling pretty good today.  I get to go meet my new granddaughters:)  Josephine and Nadia!  What fun we will have....I went to Walmart yesterday and got a few fun things for them... and the boys too.  But mostly I just want to hug them and welcome them into our family.  And then of course I want to hug Julie and Randy and Jacob and Nicholas and Caleb and Hunter and Matthew!  I am excited to be with them all.  And Kim is coming too with her three, so we will have a house full of grandchildren.  How blessed I feel to have grandchildren.  They are the joy in my life.
Sooooo....today I have to pack.  And paint I guess.  I am not feeling too encouraged in that department.  I wonder if I will ever be a good artist.  I tried yesterday to redo a watercolor I had done that I was not too happy with, but I am still not happy with it.  Perhaps it is because it isn't an ocean scene:)  I am really missing the ocean!!!  I just want to go and dance on the beach, and walk barefoot in the sand and squish it in my toes.  Of course I probably will not be near a beach for some time, so if you are... dance on it for me!!  :)
I kinda messed up the mountains, and I can't seem to fix them:)
Well, I am off to do some packing.  Take care and enjoy the day!  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Best Wishes!

Good morning!  I am feeling good today...how about you?  I hope it is a day for all of us that is cheery and productive!  I need to stay positive and happy today.  I woke up a little early and I am yawning again.  But I have lots of fun things to accomplish today so it should all be good.  We are going this weekend to meet our two new granddaughters from Ghana!  So I have a few things to do before we leave.  Luckily most of my classes have work that I am pretty caught up on.  So that feels good.
Today I will do....laundry, printmaking, and start on a painting of the Vernal temple for my niece....and what ever else hops onto my plate:)  This early it is kind of hard to tell what the day will bring.  My illustration class is cancelled because my teacher is leaving for New York today to be there for the opening of the show he is in.  He was pretty nervous about it all.  I suppose anyone would be.  That would be like a very major critique!
Well, I haven't much to share today.  Just that I hope you have a most wonderful, joyful day.  Enjoy!  Melody

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Keeping my Eye on the Prize-The Sequel:)

Hello again!  I am very relieved!  My daughter Julie and her sweet husband Randy are finally home with their two new daughters!  Yay!  I guess their phones had died so they couldn't call us until they got home.  And she said they had no internet the last three days of their trip.  So that explains why I have not heard anything until today!  I guess I shouldn't have worried, but I just can't seem to turn it off at will.  And it didn't help that troops were sent into the Congo this weekend.
So I am having a very joy filled and fun day.  I am loving my painting in my oil painting class....and my teacher is too.  So that feels good.  And my photography critique went well.  My teacher really liked this photo of my messy desk:)  Especially the paper towels:)  So it has been a good school day.  And I think reading scriptures in the morning is helping my attitude all day long.  I always read them at night, but I think both is better:)
Well, not much to say.  Just that life feels good today.  I am enjoying feeling well and happy!  I may not always have this privilege so I am trying to enjoy the good times:)  I did listen to an interview today of Elder Kikuchi  about being grateful for our trials. Here is a link if you want to listen to the interview  He is an amazing man and a wonderful speaker!  He makes me want to do better!  I love listening to the Mormon channel while I am driving!  It keeps me thinking more positively.
Well, I hope you have a good rest of the day!  Take care and keep smiling!  And I will do the same!  Melody

Hellooooooooooooooo!

Good morning!  I have no time to write this morning:)  But....I thought I would just send a happy hello out into the world of cyberspace!  I hope your day is amazing and full of fun and lots of joy!  Take care!!!  TTYL!  Melody

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Feeling Very Tired!!!

Good evening!  I hope it is for you!  Just thought I would report that I got through my illustration critique!  I think I did OK.  The teacher only said it could use more contrast and also that he liked the watercolor washes:)  So not too bad.  Printmaking however was a total disaster!  We did our first lithographic print....a group project...and I absolutely failed!!!!  Luckily it was a test print.  I don't think we get a grade.  But this will not be an easy A class in any sense.  I will feel glad if I pass:)
Well, other than that my day has gone pretty well:)  I do feel better each day doing the four steps from Sister Beck and also listening to the Mormon channel as I drive back and forth to school.  I am all ready for tomorrow's classes, so now I just need to get some sleep!  I am a little worried about Julie and Randy.  They are supposed to return from Africa today, but so far no one has heard a word I guess.  It is a little hard to communicate while traveling though, so I suppose we will hear soon.
Well, I am tired.  But I am still hanging in there...smiling away.  Take care!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody

Jump In...the water is fine!

Good morning!   I have been up for a while now.  I think I have finally finished my photos for my photography critique on Wednesday.  So that is good.  I can print them today between classes and have them ready in time.  I have an illustration critique today on my cat phobia.  I am a little nervous about this....but I think my skin is getting a little thicker:)  It is funny to me that none of my teachers really want you to draw or paint or photograph anything beautiful.  It is all about being different.  I guess I think I could learn a lot by imitating:)  Oh well.  I keep telling myself I am learning good technique and as long as I don't cross any of my own convictions I should be OK.  I did make a little headway in my painting class yesterday.  I think I may actually like my painting:)  But whether I do or not, I think I will gain experience painting it.  And in the meantime I have been asked to donate a couple of paintings to an auction for my nephew.  His house burned down and they are having an auction to try to help raise money.  My niece wants me to donate a couple of paintings....I told her they might not sell, but she seems to think they will.  Maybe some good hearted person that is trying to help my nephew will buy them:)  I told them I would paint a picture of the Vernal temple.  That will be a challenge!  But one I think I will enjoy.
In printmaking we are printing our first lithography print today...sort of a class effort.  I will take a picture if they come out well.
I wish I had slept a little longer this morning.  My eyes kind of hurt when I blink.  I am sure this is not a good sign:)  Yawn!  I suppose I need to start going to bed earlier...but that would be ridiculous!  I just need to stay asleep at night.  I woke up today at 4 something and couldn't go back to sleep.  I kept thinking about school:)  Now I am yawning constantly.
So I hope your day is full of wonder and delight!  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  The water is fine:)  Take care and keep smiling!  And HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, October 17, 2011

Daughters In My Kingdom

Good morning!  I have done the four things to start my morning today...recommended by Sister Julie Beck, our church's general Relief Society president. (Pray, Read scriptures, Make your bed, Get dressed) She came to speak in our valley this weekend.  She spoke three times that I know of....twice on Saturday and then yesterday in our area.  The stake center was packed!!!  We went an hour and a half early and still sat in the overflow in the cultural hall.  And poor Sis. Beck was fighting a hoarse voice.  She had a glass of water and all of our prayers to see her through.  She is an amazing woman.  And it was worth sitting on a folding chair crowded into the cultural hall to hear her...and to see her.
She spoke of how we as women are a great force for good in the world.  And also how to become more faithful, take care of our families, and seek out and serve those in need.  Of course she threw in a few jokes and personal stories which she is so good at doing.  I took careful notes:)  She also highly recommended the new book that the church has published for women...."Daughters in My Kingdom".  It is a resource of wonderful insight and the history of Relief Society and the women of the church through history.  In case you don't know, Relief Society is the world wide organization of women in our church.  There are over 6 million members!  And the main purpose of this organization is to uphold the motto of "Charity Never Faileth".  I am grateful to be a member of such a noble organization of goodness in the world.
So, today is school once again:)  I am looking forward to painting today....and photography.  How very blessed I feel to be in school!  Thanks for the encouragement to all who have been so encouraging in this!  I really don't know if I would be doing this without it.  But I am so glad I am.
Well, I hope today brings you lots of good things.  My wish is always for your best good!  Take care and remember I'm still pulling for you!  TTTL  Melody

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shalom!


This picture is very similar to our building 
Good Sabbath!  It is a good day!  I can tell already!  And I am smiling of course:)  I love Sunday!  I'm sure I've mentioned that once or twice before.  I love it for several reasons.  Probably the most important reason for me is that I don't do any homework on Sunday.  Or any other work that isn't absolutely necessary.   So it really is a day of rest.  I also love going to our meetings for church....not just for the friends I see there, but for the good feelings and love I feel from the worship service.  It seems that we always have talks that speak to my spirit and strengthen me.  And the lessons always seem just the ones that I need most.  I know that many people believe that you don't have to go to church to worship the Lord, but I would disagree.   I think that without the church it would be much more difficult and you wouldn't have the saving ordinances.  I am grateful for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I know it was organized for these last days before the coming of the Savior to strengthen and sustain the saints or in other words, those people who are striving to live close to God.  And it does.  I am always amazed at the good people who come to church.  They inspire me to do better.  And I have seen how living the gospel makes good men and women better.  That in itself is quite a testimony to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mel and I were visiting with our neighbor yesterday.  I'm not sure which church he belongs to, but he is a good man and a Christian.  We were talking about the sad condition of the world, and how so many people are rejecting religion, etc.  He said something quite interesting.  He said that some people think he is foolish to believe in Christ and think he isn't very smart in doing so.  He said that he answers them with, "How foolish can it be when I live a clean and moral life?  I am happy.  And if I am wrong it won't have hurt me.  But what about if it is right?  Then who will be foolish?"  I liked that.  It is true that living a righteous life brings happiness.  If you are wondering what I am talking about you may find answers about my religion here.
Well, I hope this Sabbath day is a happy one for you.  Take care and remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Life is good!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Last Look

Good evening!  I thought I would post this since I said I might:)  It's good I did, because I can still see some things I should fix.  But I am liking the overall effect:)  It kind of makes me laugh...especially when I think of the butterfly print I made for my printmaking class.  It's sort of the two sides of my personality I guess....or not.  I have had fun with this though.  I hope my illustration teacher likes it.
And I hope he doesn't think it looks like him!  It sort of reminds me of junior high.  I had this teacher that was really boring...but nice.  Anyway he had kind of prominent ears, so I drew a caricature of him and somehow it started circulating around the class.  Not a good thing!  I guess I had shown my best friend and she had started it around the room.  Anyway, I was very relieved when I got it back without the teacher discovering it.
Well, I guess I had better keep Mel company while he is watching the BSU vs. Colorado game.  I feel bad for Colorado:)  But glad BSU is holding its own.  They are doing well this year....not that I pay much attention to that.  I watch for a while, but I have too many other things I would rather be doing:)  Or that I must do....like laundry tonight:)  Sigh!  Have a great evening!  Melody

Sun and Snow

Good morning!  I have woken up with inspiration this morning!  I love when that happens.  I have been stewing over my next painting for my painting class.  It is supposed to be a diptych...two square paintings on one canvas.  And they are supposed to be permanent versus ethereal...and combined a little:)  Yeah, it's art:) Anyway I had painted a preliminary sketch of fire and snow....not quite knowing where to go with it....however my teacher and his assistant both loved the sketch...which left me with a conundrum.  How do I do this painting and like it?  Seeing the snow in the Joseph Smith movie made me really want to try to paint snow...but how?  And did fire really make sense as a permanent object?  I have kept the idea that a star or the sun would be better than a campfire or a forest fire, but I wasn't sure how I would do that.  Then I woke up this morning with the idea of a sun flare!  I really like that idea!!!!  So I have been looking for images that might work together and I found these on google images. There are a bunch that NASA has recently taken.  They are so incredibly beautiful!   I think they will satisfy my teacher
and they will satisfy me in painting something I can love painting.  So problem solved:)  And I feel very excited about my next painting!  Now I hope I can do it justice...or at least approach it.
So.... the only other homework I have is...:)  That just makes me smile.  It seems like I can always find more things to do for homework.  Like photography.  I have perfectly good still lifes, but I feel like I could always take some more.  And painting I could start a rough to model my painting from, and I am supposed to ink in a lithograph print by Tuesday.  Oh, and I keep adding stuff to my cat illustration.  It just never really feels finished.  And I suppose that is good.  At least I am exercising my brain.  And that is good!
I think Mel and I are going to work on the yard and the garage today.  I would sure rather take a ride up to the mountains.  But that is a problem for me.  I need to stick around the house and do the tasks that are crying for attention.  I guess I must be a little yellow in my blueness (personality color)....sort of like this painting I am going to be doing:)  The blue part of me wants me to be responsible....the yellow would rather party!  I am glad I am both.  Life is more fun with a little yellow mixed in now and then.
Well, I hope you are having a lovely day so far.  I wish I could walk long distances.  I am getting better.  I can walk without hobbling again.  But my knee tires more quickly and so I guess I am going to have to do strength training or something.  I have thought water exercises might be good.  I think I will inquire at the university.  Maybe I can swim there for no extra cost.  Just finding time is a problem.  Sigh.
Well, I'd better go help Mel.  Take care!  Keep smiling!  I am definitely still pulling for you!  Melody

Friday, October 14, 2011

Movie Review

Good evening!  Just thought I would add a plug for the movie we saw this afternoon.  We went early with my Dad and Barb to the 2:15 showing of "Joseph Smith".  I thought the photography was gorgeous!  It opens with a snow scene in a graveyard....Joseph talking to his deceased brother Alvin.  I want to see it again just to see the snow falling!  It was so real and beautiful.  I think I will be painting snow in my next painting, so it was especially interesting to me.  There were other scenes that were also outstanding photographically.  You will have to see this to know what I am talking about.  The other thing I thought was fascinating was that the actor who played Joseph had the same profile as the more famous paintings of Joseph Smith.  Every time he would turn to the side I would think they cast him for his nose:)  Anyway, it was enjoyable.  Well, except for the scene where they bury their first child.  I sobbed of course.  I can't get through those scenes without feeling the pain of that personally.  I guess that will just be with me til I get to be with our sweet Tommy once again.
I spent this morning painting and cleaning...mostly cleaning.  But the painting was fun.  I have been adding shadow and details to my cat illustration.  I gave the man a neck too:)  The nice thing about watercolor I have discovered thanks to Al Rounds (just a little name dropping here:) is that you can kind of push the paint around if you are patient and go slowly.  Maybe I will post the image tomorrow so you can see what I mean.  Although it would take a good eye to see the difference I suppose.
Well, just another day in Paradise:)  I hope things are good where you are.  Take care!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody

Calm and Courage and Ancient Memories

Good morning!  I realized this morning that I didn't mention that Julie and Randy are in Africa!  At least I assume that they are.  I got an email as they were boarding their plane in New York headed for Ghana.  I am trying to stay calm and not worry as they travel on the other side of the world to gather in their two little girls.  I think they are courageous to do what they are doing.
I was thinking this morning how much more courage and faith it takes to live in today's world than in the world I grew up in.  Perhaps I have idealized things, but it seems like the world I grew up in was a bit gentler and less in your face. But then I grew up in a family that sheltered me from the grim realities of the world outside.  I know that my experience growing up as a child was idyllic.  I must have spent hours outside exploring the world in our backyard and at my grandparents cabin.  I feel well acquainted with snails and earthworms, butterflies and tad poles, watersnakes and bugs of every kind.  Oh, and I mustn't forget lizards and salamanders!  There was a variety at the cabin that we called a "red dog".  It had a bright orange belly.  I wonder if there is an image on the internet...well, of course:)  Brings back wonderful memories!
Well, I am flabbering again.  So I suppose I will end this and get on with my day.  I hope things are good for you out there in cyberspace!  Take care and keep smiling!  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 13, 2011

And the Cat Came Back!

Good evening!  I thought I would share the latest on my cat phobia.  Not my phobia of course.  I like cats:)  But we had to pick a phobia and this one seemed easier than chopsticks:)  No, I thought I would be drawing a large, fluffy cat and a person hiding from it.  But my teacher wants me to be more inventive.  So this is it. I hope it is scary enough for him.  I used watercolor again after becoming extremely annoyed with the acrylic paint. It is just so hard for me to use. The funniest part to me is, that the person inside of the cat's mouth resembles my teacher just a little....not intended of course.
Well, I am going to just enjoy this evening and try to rest.  Then tomorrow I will be back at it.  I may not work on this cat anymore...just trim the paper and mount it on something.  But I need to print some photos so I will probably go over to the school to do that.
I hope your day has been great!  No scary cats!  Take care! I am still pulling for you!  Melody

Rambling Again

Good morning!  It is a beautiful Fall day here today!  And I am home:)  This is a work day for my illustration class, so we don't have to go unless we have major questions.  It is nice to sleep in and feel a little unstressed this morning...although I still have to paint an illustration.  And I have Printmaking after lunch.  And it wouldn't hurt to go to the photo lab and print a couple of pictures.  But I am saving that one til tomorrow or Monday.
Every day when I check to see who has read my blog I get a geography lesson.  It is fun to see all of the different places in the world that people get the internet.  It kind of feels like I am writing to the world.  I like that.  Although I am a little surprised that anyone would find the ramblings of an old lady interesting.
So what can I ramble about today?  One thing I have forgotten to mention is that the movie "17 Miracles" was really well done.  I have been a fan of the director since I heard him speak at Women's Conference about a decade ago.  I am now planning to go Friday to see the new Joseph Smith movie.  It will probably have a pretty short run here and I don't want to miss it.
Well, nothing else comes to mind.  Except for flies!  We have a ton of them here right now, what with the warm weather and the horses across the street.  There is one buzzing around my room right now.  It always reminds me of Emily Dickinson when I hear a fly buzz.  It's not the most optimistic poem, but I have always loved it.  I wonder what she intended by it.  To me it is a reminder that life goes on.
Well, I must get to work.  I think I am avoiding it.  I am going to try my hand at acrylics this time.
I hope you have a most lovely day out there in cyberspace!  Take care!  Keep smiling!  I am smiling wide!!!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody
            
I heard a fly buzz when I died;
      The stillness round my form
Was like the stillness in the air
      Between the heaves of storm.
The eyes beside had wrung them dry,
      And breaths were gathering sure
For that last onset, when the king
      Be witnessed in his power.
I willed my keepsakes, signed away
      What portion of me I
Could make assignable,-and then
      There interposed a fly,
With blue, uncertain, stumbling buzz,
      Between the light and me;
And then the windows failed, and then
      I could not see to see.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cool Old Jars

Hi!  This first photo is what I saw this morning as I was getting into my car.  The moon was shining soooo bright!  So I snapped a couple of photos hoping to catch a good image.
I love how it caught the different colors in the sky from the sun rising behind me.
School was good today.  In painting I got to discuss my ideas with the teacher and his assistant.  So two different people to bounce ideas around with. (I know I shouldn't end with a preposition:)  Anyway, I think I have an idea of where I am going with my next oil painting.  I have to do a couple of rough sketches and figure out colors and values, etc.  But I feel like it will be something for which I can be excited.  (Ha, ha!  I didn't end with a preposition that time)
In photography we had a work day.  A lot of the students had taken their still life photos and were able to work on the computer.  But the few pictures I did take would not load onto the computer there, so I came home early and took a bunch more.  I am kind of excited about the results.  One in particular is kind of painterly with light reflections in different colors.  I was surprised that it turned out that way, although my teacher talked about it in class.  I wasn't really sure how to do it.  I am still not really sure, but I am glad I was able to get a couple.  I took about 70 pictures of these old jars.  I have a whole box full of them, from my grandma and great aunts.  I haven't really known what to do with them, but they are good for still lifes I guess:)  The old windows are Kim's.  She hasn't taken them back yet, so I figured I could use them for a back drop.  Anyway....I hope you enjoy these.  I will be using photoshop on them I suppose to fix things.  But I kind of like them already.
Well, onward and upward!  I hope things are great for you today!  I am smiling on this side!!  Take care!!  Melody


This looks like a painting...a little
This one is cool with all of the reflected colors!



Looking Forward with Gladness!

Good morning!  I am excited to be up and going today.  No special reason....I just feel good:)  School is getting better I think.  I feel like I am learning a lot.  Oh, and my knee is doing tons better.  I don't feel like I am always in pain.  That is a wonderful thing!  And I think the thing that is greatest is that my family is happy....everyone is doing well.  Julie and Randy leave today for Africa to get their little girls.  I am so excited for them!  And for our whole family.
Well, I had better get going.  I hope your day is happy and full of good feelings!  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Butterflies Are Free!

Good evening!  I made it through today!  I am relieved.  My teacher in illustration class seemed to like my design and concept.  He did ask why I had done it horizontally....so do I change it?  He thought it might be late for that....but I could I am sure.  I have until Tuesday to complete it.
Printmaking was a class critique.  And I must say I have a very kind class.  I couldn't believe all of the nice things said about my silly butterfly!  A couple of kids even thought it represented life and death:)  Of course what ever they say I can't answer back.  That is one of the rules in there.  I really expected more harsh criticism, but I'm glad I didn't get any.  The teacher had a remark or two about pushing it a little further....but that's not too bad:)  I appreciate the positive criticism.
So after a long day at school I am home facing a painting assignment for tomorrow.  He wants us to develop a few of our thumbnails into some ideas.  It sounds fun, but I think I may have to take a rest first.  I am really tired.  I think I am fighting off a cold.  Several people in class are pretty sick.  I don't have any major symptoms yet, just a slight headache and a scratchy throat.  So I figure I'd better baby myself a little.  You know....hot chocolate and a movie:)  We have 17 Miracles that some friends loaned to us.  Ha, ha.  I guess that sounds funny huh?  Anyway it is supposed to be a wonderful movie about the Willie handcart company.  If you click on the name it will take you to the trailer.
I have been going to share the sign downtown for a few days now, but I keep forgetting what is on there.  So here goes..."Tropical - Rainy".  "Idleness - Leisure time gone to seed."  Wow, I remembered:)  Anyway I hope you get a little chuckle.  The other sign downtown made me think maybe I should say less...."Bore - someone who has nothing to say and says it anyway".  Honestly, I try to make this interesting!  I hope I don't bore you too often.
Well, have a lovely evening!  I hope things are happy and well in your neck of the woods!  I'm still pulling for you!  Take care!!!!  Melody

Cat Phobia

Good morning!  I am off and running! But I thought I would post this rough I have done for my illustration class this morning.  Remember I said "rough"!  It really is.  It is mostly to figure design and values and whatever.  I like this despite the failings:)  I guess I am beginning to enjoy my own art work.  Is that a danger signal?
Well, here's wishing you a most wonder filled, happy day!  Take care! I am smiling wide!  Gut wan!  TTTL  Melody

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cycling through Life

Good afternoon!  I have had such a great day today!  School was informative and fun...both classes!  In painting we talked about everybody's ideas and it was so interesting.  I think we have some really deep thinkers in that class.
In photography we learned about using strobe lights with an interesting demo by our teacher.  The best part was when he dressed up and posed with the bike he has assembled for his girlfriend.  We were all laughing and enjoying the creativity.  I snapped a few photos to share.

This is probably my favorite class.  One of the students decided to try a unique pose.  It makes him look like he is riding the bike on the ceiling...til you look closer.
So today has been good.  And tonight we have our empty nesters group for FHE.  That should be fun too.  Right now I am watching Liz's boys while she and Adrian take the baby in for a check up.  Life is good!!
I hope your day has gone well.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I'm still pulling for you!  And HAVVVGFHE!!!!  Melody



A Drop of Water in a Huge Ocean

Good morning!  I am off to school again today with my 14 thumbnails for my next oil painting.  We are supposed to come up with a diptych...two paintings on one canvas...the idea to be something permanent next to something ephemeral.  Like....?  He didn't really give an example.  He just said it will make us question what is permanent:)  And it has.  But I will probably opt for something more earthly, like the ocean compared to a drop of water.


Do I seem obsessed with school?  I kind of get this way by the middle of the semester.  It is hard to keep up with all of the classes.  The teachers really pile on the work.  But it is good.  I am definitely getting more skilled, and I think a little braver in my attempts at drawing difficult things.  It is much easier now than it was a year ago!  I am often seeing things now that I think, "I could draw (or paint) that!"  Of course finding the time to do that is not easy.  When I see people's work now in a gallery or show I am always amazed at how much work has gone into it.  I don't think I used to even realize that before.

The other thing I think is kind of weird....my teachers like to say, "You have had a lot of experience now in the field of art."  Talking to the class as a whole.  But really I have not...only 21 credits!  I will gain 12 more when this semester is over.  Theoretically I only need 30 to get another degree.  But I wouldn't have taken all I need to graduate in any emphasis.  To graduate in illustration I need three more classes taught in different semesters.  So I will probably take all the classes to also get an emphasis in painting too.  Although that would mean I have to take a human presence class...I am afraid what that might mean at this university:)  Oh well.  One step at a time.
Well, I had better be going.  I hope your day is bright and cheery!  Take care and remember to keep smiling:)  I will do the same!!!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hope and Charity

Good Sabbath! It has been a wonderful day here...full of family. Liz's baby was blessed today in church, and then we all came here for dinner and visiting. The house was full of noise and laughter. I love that so much! But now they have all gone and it is just the two of us again, as it was 41 years ago. It's funny how life cycles.
Today in Sacrament meeting one of the speakers talked about hope. As he was talking I realized that that was the thing I was missing in my life a couple of years ago. I never want to lose hope again! It is something that is essential to faith. I am so glad it is back in my life and I can see things with a better perspective! I am so grateful for the friends and family who help me to see that life is full of hope!
But most of all I am grateful for the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, who is the one who offers us all hope. Hope that we will be forgiven and clean when we stand before Him at the last day. I am grateful to Him for offering me that hope.
And the other thing I value is charity. “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
“… Seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
“Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
“Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
“Charity never faileth."
And here is part of my favorite scripture about charity... "But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God..."
It is hard to write more than that.  It is so profound.  So I will just end this post today by saying that I am trying to develop that kind of love...the pure love of Christ.  It is challenging.  But I will not give up!  It is worth the effort!
Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together.  Keep smiling and I will do the same!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Done, Done, Done!

Hi!  Here is the finished red and green painting:)  I like it much better since I repainted things.
Just wanted to share and send a happy greeting!   Melody

On Your Mark!

Good morning!  I am anticipating a whirlwind day today.  Soooo...I am blogging first to sort of straighten out the thought processes.  First I am off to BSU to paint my red and green painting into perfection:)  I hope it doesn't take too long.  Then I will stop on my way back to do some shopping.  We have a big event tomorrow!  Liz's sweet little Alexander is getting a blessing.  So afterwards we will come here for a luncheon with all of the family.  And I need to get some food to feed everyone:)
Then I will hurry back home to clean before Michelle and Gary and their family arrive.  I guess if I don't get it all done, I can put her six kids to work:)  I am excited to see them all!  Mel will be working through all of this today:(  I wish he could take a little personal time.  He has been working sooo hard for a very long time now.
Well, I hope this finds you and yours happy!  I will post the red and green painting final production later if I can stand to.  Take care!!  Melody

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sharing

 Good evening!  I am posting these a little reluctantly.  I just wish I had more time to work and fuss over these.  Just kidding!  I will be glad when I can let these babies go.  Onward and upward.  And hopefully this next project will be something worth keeping:)
The first two are my still lifes.    The first is my gray one with amendments recommended by the teacher.  The second one is the latest.  I think I have some work to do on the red and green one so I am not posting it.  It is way too dark in the middle triangle.  I may have to run back early Monday morning before class and fix that:)
The last ones are for my print class.  The darker ones are the first print and the lighter ones are ghost prints.  Anyway... I hope things are going well.  Take care.  Have a great Friday night!!!  Melody


I am turning this one in for the assignment

Ghost print

Another ghost print that I think I will also turn in.

This one came out way too saturated!

A Cat's Tale

Good merry morning to you!  It is Friday...a day without classes.  But I still have to go to school today and paint.  Except for having to leave my nice warm comfort zone, I don't mind too much.  I love painting!  I would bring it home, but this teacher doesn't want us to.  So I am going to go and try to finish up my three paintings before they are due on Monday.  I will probably also print some more collagraph prints.  Those are due on Tuesday, and I am not really too happy with what I have right now.  If I come up with something nice I will take a photo and post it later today.
Am I boring you yet?  I guess I could post a scary cat or two:)
They are a little scary I guess.  They bring to mind a childhood story.  When I was very little...maybe 5 or 6...our neighbor in San Lorenzo had a cat who had a litter of kittens.  I guess even then they were hard to find homes for.  They had one little kitten left.  It was a fuzz ball of black fur and yellow eyes.  I can still see it in my mind.  I wanted that kitten so bad!  I begged my mom for it persistently, day after day.  She didn't think it was a good idea because these neighbors didn't take care of their cats and they were pretty wild.  But I persisted.  She finally relented and I went down the street to get my kitten.  Well, it was so wild that the neighbor put it in a box so that it wouldn't scratch me.  So I brought my kitten home...thinking I would tame it with my charm I guess.  I don't remember much else except how this little ball of fur did not want to be held.  I remember how scratched up I got.  It was a little like the Tasmanian devil....whirling and scratching and biting and hissing!
Anyway, I guess my mom took it back to the neighbor.  I loved that little kitty, even though it was a scary experience.  Funny huh?
Here's another funny one.  Until yesterday I always thought it was the Rolling Stones who sang Light My Fire.  Apparently it was sung by The Doors.  I was educated by one of the students in my printmaking class.  In a rather embarrassing, you are really a dingbat old person way.  But that story I will save for a braver day.
Well, I guess I will just wish you a happy day.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you! And laughing out loud!  I would write LOL, but that is one very overused
acronym!  :)  Keep smiling and laughing out loud!  And HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Home At Last!

I am home!  I love those words.  And it is so nice to be here.  I had a very good day at school though.  My teacher liked my final thumbnails for the cat phobia illustration.  Now I just have to come up with a couple of roughs for next week.  And printmaking went well....sort of.  I am still kind of figuring things out.  But each project I get a little better.
So now I am back home in my comfort zone:)  I really do like it best here.  And it was nice to come home to warmth.  It has been chilly today.
Well, not much to say.  I hope your day is happy and full of good things, and loving people.  Take care!  I am smiling wide today:)  HAVVVGE!!!  Melody

Sooooo Funny!

Good morning!  I am laughing out loud!  But no time to write.  HAGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

End of the Day


 Hi!  I thought I would share a little of my day.  These photos are of our painting critique today.  We lined up all three of our paintings...one on top of another on the easel.  The top one was our latest, then the green and red in the middle and the gray one on the bottom.  I did not feel that mine were all the way finished.  Luckily we have until Monday to complete them.  My teacher in here is very positive.  And he manages to have a good repore with all of the students....me included.  I think all in all everyone did very well.  Especially since they are still lifes...nobody's favorite from what I could gather.  You can see that even though the subject matter was the same, that each of the paintings are very unique.  I love that about art!  It is a little like singing...everyone has their own voice!  It was a fun class, despite my anticipation that it wouldn't be.
My photography class was OK.  We had to watch a film that I didn't enjoy, but I just closed my eyes and didn't watch the obscene stuff...or at least most of it.  Why do they think crude is funny?  Or that naked is the new art?  I get soooo tired of all of the rudeness and crudeness.  When things are wrong, drawing pictures and taking photos doesn't make them right.

 Well, I guess I am not going to change the world in a day.  But I will try to use my art to bring light and truth to people....not darkness and lies.  There is so much that is beautiful and worthy of comment.  I wonder where the decency has gone.
Here I am ranting again:)  Sorry.  I guess I use this blog to do a little venting.  It is my way of sharing what is in my mind and heart.  I hope you have had a most lovely day out there in cyberspace!  I have enjoyed this one for the most part.  I will be glad for a little rest though.  I am still a little tired.  I hope you have a restful evening!  I'm still pulling for you!  Take care and keep smiling!!!  And HAVVVGN!!!!  Melody




I love this girl's paintings!   
Mine are the ones on the left in this shot