Monday, April 30, 2012

As We Go Marching Up the Hill

Good evening!  I am feeling much better this evening!  I have made good progress on my illustration panels.  I put computer color into them and I like it pretty well.  If I have time, I may go back and draw them by hand again and watercolor in the colors.  But it helps to have made some color decisions.  And I have tried rewording the bubbles to ask questions and then answer them:)  But I am still working that out in my head.  It is due Wednesday morning, so I am running out of time to be too fussy.  Also my teacher said it doesn't really have to tell a story or a joke, just a sequence.  Ha, ha!  I think it is all hard and I have new respect for the cartoonists of this world!!!  I can't imagine having to come up with something new every single day!!!!!!!!!
Well, I also feel good because I finished my drawing for my drawing class.  If I had another week I would do it over more neatly, but it is what it is.  And by Thursday afternoon this class will be over!!!!!!  I have had a difficult time in this class.  Mostly because I was hoping for some drawing lessons, and instead it is all about content and doing things in a new and never before thought of way:)  It is all good I guess.   I have certainly had to think outside the box.  Wednesday is the last day for my illustration class.  I am not so excited for that to be over.  But kind of.  It has been much harder this semester than last.  Have I mentioned I am determined not to take so many studio classes next semester?
I had fun painting in my painting class today.  I really do love to paint, and I am having fun trying to make this a post impressionistic style...I am not succeeding very well, but kind of.  I have the water in the painting kind of sparkly.  But I am having trouble making skin full of lots of different color.  My teacher sat down with me today and gave me a private lesson on how to do it.  He painted on a separate piece of cardboard to show me how to do it.  He is very patient....and he said that he loves to paint, so don't get him started cuz he can't stop:)  I can see why.  He really knows what he is doing.  It always looks gorgeous!  I wish this class would never end!
I have sculpture first thing tomorrow morning.  I am not very far along with our latest thing, which is a twig and lashing with paper sculpture.  But it is fine.  I have all the way til next Thursday to finish...haha! I am afraid I feel a little half hearted about this.  But I will do my best in the time I have left.  It is just I have so much painting to do also, that I may not have enough for either one.  Oh well.  It will all be over before I can blink....or next Thursday:)
So how are things with you?  That good, huh?  I am glad:)  I hope you have a lovely evening out there in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!  (Some must push and some must pull!)  Take care!  Melody

Monday....AAAAAAACK!!!!!

Good merry morning!  I am up and at em this morning!  I got up at 5 because I couldn't sleep any more.  So I have been working on these superhero panels.  I think they are ready to colorize:)  I sure wish I had a colorist!!!!    And I sure wish they made more sense together.  But it has been fun trying out this way of drawing.
After I have a little breakfast I am going to leave this for a while and work on my drawing for my drawing class, since it is due tomorrow.  I am going to try to make it artful, but so far I just have words.  We are supposed to do something site specific.  I have picked my site, I know what I want to say, I just can't figure out how to do it:)  I will have to look for modern stuff, because
 master work sure won't help with this!!!
Well, I mostly wanted to say hi!  I hope things are going well for you out there in cyberspace.  Take care!  I am still pulling for you.  We're all in this together!!!  HAVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Post Script

Hi again!  I found the video that they showed to stress the importance of work.  It is worth watching.
escalator  I am smiling today:)  I hope you are too!  Melody

Promise of a Brighter Day

Good morning!  It is a beautiful, bright Sabbath morning!  And I am enjoying the feeling that I have time today.  Time to relax and just take it easy.  Our church doesn't start until 11:30, so it is kind of nice to take my time and enjoy the morning.  Not that I am being lazy exactly.  My hands have the wonderful aroma of garlic from rubbing it into a roast that is in the slow cooker now.  So by the time church is done we will have tender pork sirloin....yum!  I think I will also put some rolls in the bread maker.  I usually don't have time even to do that!  That will soon change though when this semester ends on May 10th!!!!  Not that I am looking forward to a break from studies:)
So I promised a few words of wisdom today from the Women's Conference.  So here we go!  The theme of the conference was taken from The Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 14:14.  "And they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory."  And to illustrate that they used this beautiful painting of Minerva Teichert entitled, "Zion Ho".
I loved that they used her painting, as she is a favorite artist of mine....at least I like her paintings:)  In classes they will often ask who is your favorite artist...and I always ask, "Do you want to know our favorite artist, or our favorite work of art:)"
Anyhoo... one of the first speakers for the general assembly of women was Sister Ruth Todd.  She was a radio and TV broadcaster, but is now the senior manager for LDS Church Public Affairs.  She said that God enables His people to have all they need to influence others for good in this world.  And she told of her experiences with the power of prayer.  BYU will be rebroadcasting much of this but I could only find that they will be letting us know when after May 3rd.   So I will post it here when they do.
Besides the large classes to the general assembly of women in the Marriott Center they also had smaller classes throughout the campus.  I attended several.  One of them encouraged us to find ways to stay in touch with family members that were not close in distance.  And one of the ways suggested was....you guessed it!....blogging!  I do have several of my children who read my blog, but they said you could also have a private family blog.  The thing that sounded most fun was Skype....or however it is spelled.  And although I have known about skype for sometime, I still haven't used it.  So I am going to soon....after I put my makeup on straight:)
Perhaps my favorite talk was one by Matt Richardson and his wife.  They talked about  being armed with principles that never change....agency, work, being committed to teaching, edifying and supporting each other, listening to the voice of God and Integrity.  I really liked it when they said that "some must push and some must pull"!  And also that the Czech translation for "All is Well" is "Not so Bad".  They showed a video on work that was really funny.  If I can find it today I will post it later.  I also liked when they said, "Who told you that you were inadequate?  It wasn't God!  Turn to Him and listen to His voice instead of the negative voices of the world!"  I like that, and I am going to try very hard to do that always!  The last thing they said was that the woman in this painting was holding a white handkerchief and symbolized a hosanah shout.  Hosannah means, "Save us, we beseech thee!"  I like that symbol.  I know the Savior has and will save us.  And I like to think we can all march forward in righteousness as we prepare the way for His second coming.
Well, I had better put the rolls in and get ready for church.  I will include a couple of photos of my daughters, my granddaughter Madeline and I and also one of my daughters, granddaughter and Julie's friend Eva who also went with us.  Take care!  I am still pulling for you!  Have a wonderful Sabbath day!!!!  Melody




Saturday, April 28, 2012

I'm Back!!!

Good evening!  I am home!  Yay!  It feels good to be here.  I have had a good day!  I went with two of my daughters to the temple this morning.  That felt good!  I love the temple.  I thought of the song, "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" because of a blog a friend had written about that, and it made me think how close the Savior feels when I am in the temple.  Our temple in Boise is closed right now for remodeling, so I have not been able to get to a temple as much as I would like....although, I went last weekend in Rexburg:)  It is a good way to start the day.
Now that I am home, things are starting to close in on me.  I have a major drawing due on Tuesday that I haven't started yet.  And my superhero illustration is due on Wednesday.  So I guess I will be very busy for a couple of days.  Still, I am glad tomorrow is Sunday, so I can take a breather before starting in.  I plan to get up early Monday morning and just work all day.
So what did I learn from this Women's Conference?  1.  I have beautiful, amazing daughters!!!!  2.  I need to be patient with myself and be willing to say, "I would love to if I could....but I can't".  I think I need to be able to tell people when I have too much on my plate already.  3.  That excellence is a great goal, and worth striving towards.  And much more.  I will try to organize my thoughts and write something meaningful tomorrow.  Tonight I am kinda tired! But I will post a few photos.  This should give you a taste of Women's Conference!  Night All!  Melody
From my seat looking towards the speaker

Michelle, her daughter Madeline, and Kim

Julie and Amy

Amy and Melody :)

Riding the shuttle bus


The Speakers and Support People


Friday, April 27, 2012

All Done!

Good evening! I am not sure this will work so I will try to publish it. It worked! So I will try to write this on my iPhone. Today was such a good day. We listened to a couple of ladies talk about " I prefer to be happy because crying gives me a headache". It was really cute. One lady had nine kids and I really related to some of her experiences. Then we heard two more speakers talk about patience. One of them was one of my favorite speakers, Mary Ellen Edmonds. She is lots of fun! One of the things she said today that really was good was that she had CDO...it was like OCD but she liked to put the letters in order:). Ha! I did give in a little and sat by the ladies in wheelchairs. I just had such a hard time with stairs at the Smith Fieldhouse! It is fun to be back on campus. I had a little deja vu in the Varsity Theater. And I had lots of fun at the art museum this afternoon. They have an exhibit of the Weir brothers that was so up close! And of course I had to get up really close and look at brush strokes and color selection. I wish we had something comparable at BSU. There were several of Minerva's and the beautiful Carl Bloch one of the pool at Bethesda. I could have spent hours in there but I had to hurry to the next lecture:). I decided today that all the schooling really is helping me to appreciate art. The concluding speakers were Elder and Sister Neal Anderson. They spoke about being optimistic about the future. It was great...but I was really sleepy and was fighting to stay awake. I am planning to sleep better tonight. Which makes me think I'd better sign off and head for bed. Take care and HAVVVGE! Melody

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Having A Wonderful Time!

Hola!  What a day!  Fabulous!  I love Women's conference....and especially with four of my daughters here with me.  We have had a very fun time here.  I learned lots today....all about becoming a better person and yet being patient with myself.  I feel very encouraged!  And then tonight we went to a concert that was really fun.  Michael McLean, Hillary Weeks, Dallyn Vale Bayless, and a bunch of others that are all so good!  I can't say that I have forgotten about school, but I do feel like I have had a nice break.  And today I met Linda Curly Christiansen....the lady that Del and Leon recommended I take a workshop from, so I told her they had and asked about when she would be having one.  So she seemed so pleased and gave me her card and told me to call her.  She said it would be in August, she wasn't sure when, and it was already almost full:)  But if I would call she could probably find me a space.  Isn't life interesting?  A week ago I didn't even know her name.  And through a series of unconnected events I met her today and will probably get to take a class from her.
I have been taking notes and pictures.  I will share more when I am home with my own computer and connections.  I did find a good one liner today.  "Dust bunnies killed my house cleaning fairy!"  I love that one!
Well, I hope things are great out in cyberspace!  Keep smiling! Life is grand!  HAVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunny Day!!!

Good morning!  I am laughing!  So onward and upward...I have my sketches done.  And I even like them.  I'm not so sure about the word bubbles though.  That is trickier than I ever imagined.  Anyway, I hope my editor....er, teacher likes them:)  He is very picky...but sweet.
Well, I also have painting today.  I am excited for that.  I am really enjoying trying to make things impressionistic.  But it is a lot of little brush strokes.  I hope I can get some advice today on how to do the sand in my picture.  I have it regular right now.  But I think if I am going to copy Henry Scott Tuke then I probably have to make it look like it really is sand.  I love how he puts a jillion (sp?) colors into everything.  It is really beautiful.
Well,  I gotta go.  I hope you have a most wonderful, joyous, and inspired day today out there in cyberspace!  I will be pulling for you.  I could use a little pushing to get me off to Provo and Women's Conference today!  Take care!  And remember how much the Lord loves you!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sweet Dreams!

Good evening!  I'm racing again!  But I am nearing the finish line for today.  I have two preliminary sketches done for illustration.  I need a couple more and then I will pack for tomorrow.  We are leaving straight from school for Women's Conference.  I am pretty excited to be going with four of my five daughters.  Liz is still nursing her baby, so maybe next year for her.  I think we are going to have fun.  We usually do.
Well, just wanted to say I hope your day is going well.  Going being the key word.  It's funny, I had to critique three papers tonight, and I still feel like I am in editing mode.  Have a great night!  Melody

Happy!

Good morning!  Imagine me saying that with a very big grin!  I am feeling so blessed this morning.  I have been struggling for a couple of weeks now with an idea for a drawing....that is due next Thursday!  And last night I prayed about it...again!  And this morning I know pretty much what I want to do.  I know that I have to work things out in my mind, but it sure helps to have a little inspiration!  And it really came from Leon Parson.  When I was talking with him on Sunday, I told him I was relieved to see all of his photo references ....stacks and stacks of them for the mural he is doing.  And he said that he always uses references because it always comes back to truth.  And that stuck with me.  Then this morning I woke up with a way to use that in my drawing.  I won't get in to all the details...mostly because I am still working them out:)  But I have a good feeling that I will have it together by class today and I can begin working on it.  So that feels very, very good!
In sculpture today I will be lashing twigs together:)  It will feel a little like girl's camp I think.  I still have to go and trim some twigs off of the apricot tree.  We didn't get around to pruning this year, so it won't hurt it much.  And I think I am going to sculpt Max somehow.  We can use paper mache over the twigs, although we are supposed to keep them somewhat exposed.  Velly interestink!
Well, I am going to leave for school now...wish me luck.  I feel like I am very watched over.  I am so grateful for that!  It is hard to pursue these dreams of mine some days.  But I think it is important.  If for no other reason than that I am setting an example for my children and grandchildren.  I know that on hard days I tell myself that my mom went back to school and got her master's degree!  It helps.
I hope your day goes well.  I am smiling and hoping for the best for us all today.  We are all in this together!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody
Me in front of the Rexburg temple
P.S. Here are those photos I keep talking about.
Plants in Leon's studio

More

More and animals and paintings


Natalie and her husband Jimmy (it was a long day)

Leon's wife and more studio

More

Leon and friend sitting at the computer


Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Monday Night the world around!

Good evening!  I am taking an orange juice break:)  I am still painting.  I have a lot more done on my memory of Yosemite painting.  And I think I might have a fan:)  I was at school painting in the overflow room.  It is a room where you can come in and paint when there are other classes in the main room.  So I went in early after my illustration class to paint.  This young man came in and kept ooooing and awing over my painting.  Then he asked if I had also done the wave painting.  When I said yes, he said something like, you are really good!  That felt good.  But then a few minutes later my teacher came in and gave me a truer evaluation.  And I really am glad for that.  It is nice to get constructive criticism of how to make things better.  I had the river waaaaay too green, but I couldn't get it to look any different.  My teacher showed me how to fix it, and it is starting to look more like I had hoped it would.  I am trying to get it to look impressionistic...with purples and greens and blues and pinks and lots of light reflected off of the water.  It is not as easy as it sounds.  But I think I am starting to figure it out with reflections and light and shadow.  Painting is soooooooo complicated.  I am glad I saw Leon's work in progress yesterday.  It made me appreciate just how much work it should be.  It is a little like juggling.  If you let one ball drop...like perspective...it throws the whole thing off.
Illustration class was a little painful today.  I am struggling with my superhero.  But the teacher was very kind to me and made me feel like I am not a total failure.  So that was good.  I think I can come up with some roughs by Wednesday if I pace myself.  There is a drawing I also have to come up with by tomorrow!  I am really stressing over it.  Mostly because I do not have a clear idea of what I am doing yet.  I think I will stop painting now and concentrate on the drawing for the rest of this evening.  It is family night, so maybe Mel can help me:)  It sounds like a good activity to me!
Oh, I promised a few photos of things from this weekend, huh?  I can't seem to load them right now.  The internet must be busy.  But I haven't forgotten.  Maybe tomorrow.
Well, I had better get back to it.  Thanks for the break:)  I am still pulling for you!  Keep smiling!  And have a very wonderful family night!!  Melody

Guten Tag!

Good morning!  I am off to school, feeling unprepared for illustration class.  I did draw a few things, but I don't like them...and worse Mel didn't like them.  Aack!  :)  I know my teacher won't like them, so I may not show him.  It will depend on how the rest of the class does.....I know that is terrible.  But it was a bit busy this weekend.  I just wish I could come up with a good joke to illustrate with an ugly super hero lizard woman.  Sigh!
Well, off I go.  I do feel prepared for my painting class, so at least I can feel good in there.  I hope you have a most wonderful day!  Melody

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

Howdy!  This has been quite a wonderful day for me.  I think Mel enjoyed it too.  We went to sacrament meeting in Rexburg with our friends and heard Jodell's daughter Tinnell sing with her husband.  They really sang beautifully...one of my favorites, "I Feel My Savior's Love".  A returned missionary spoke and bore his testimony which was very heartfelt and sweet, and a high councilman spoke about families and family history.  It is so nice to be able to go anywhere that the Saints meet and feel the spirit.
After the meeting the four of us and Jodell's other daughter, Charla, met Leon and went with him to see his murals that he is painting for the Calgary temple.  They are amazing!  And it was fun for me to be able to see them not quite finished.  It was like reading a story on how to do a gorgeous painting...from beginning to end.  Leon shared with us his experiences in setting it all up and how he does his painting.  It is quite a complicated process using photos, photoshop, grids, even projection to get it just right.  And then the painting is sooooooooo gorgeous!  The deer and antelope and elk look alive.  The mountains look like you could hike in them!  The little spring of water and the lake and rivers are so real that you feel like you could get wet touching them.  I am not exaggerating!  It is truly a magnificent work of art.  I think his work improves with each temple.   And besides all of that he is gracious, humble, and was so kind to share with me when he found out I was an art student.  I got a mini lesson on design and atmospheric perspective:)  It really was fun and informative.  I feel so pumped up!!! :)  I think I can greet each day with a song as I continue on my road to painterly places.  I am impressed with how really talented people can be so gracious and kind and sharing.  It is a model for me... you know, when I become talented:)
So now we are home.  It is always nice to be home.  I guess I really do love it here.  I don't know if I wrote that about a month or more ago we looked into selling this house.  But besides being a bad idea financially, we both found we were not anxious to leave this beautiful area by the lake and the birds.  I think we will stay here until it is not practical....so maybe we will never leave:)
Well, I hope things are happy and well in your neck of the woods.  I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Take care and HAVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Day to Remember

Good evening! It has been a memorable day for me. We had a lovely morning at the temple. Natalie is a beautiful bride, and Jimmy her adoring husband, was so sweet. I think they will be happy together. And it felt good to be here to support them and Jodell and Bob. They are good friends! Then at the reception we sat next to Del and Lynette and had a wonderful time getting to know each other. Del was very encouraging about my art. He said he had a friend who had been a dentist that decided after he retired that he wanted to paint. He said that he was quite dedicated to it...spent about six hours a day drawing and painting, but that it paid off. He said he was a competent painter in a few years and exhibited in shows. He said I was definitely not too old, and he gave me a name of a lady he thought I should contact that does workshops. She started art later in life also, but she does temple murals now:) He had asked me what I wanted to do with my art, and I told him my dream was to paint temple murals...like Minerva Teichert. He didn't laugh or look astonished or anything! He just said he thought if I was determined and would practice every day I could do it. I said that many of my teachers had said it would take twenty or thirty years. He said that he thought it could be done in six if you were willing to put in the time. I told him thank you for the encouragement. I really do feel like that was a real gift at a time when I have been feeling a little overwhelmed and discouraged.
Then tonight we went over to Leon's house and he showed us his studio. It is a fun place with beautiful paintings and drawings in progress and lots of plants growing profusely. I guess the plants help to clean the air. He got pretty sick from the toxicity of the paint a while back and couldn't paint for a couple of years. But he discovered the plants and they really have helped. He also has taxidermied animals all over the walls....elk and deer and antelope and moose and ...it kind of reminded me of the natural history museum. I think he uses it as models for his paintings.
Tomorrow after church we are going to see the murals he is working on for another temple. I am thrilled to be able to view them. And yes, I am enjoying this trip more than I can say. I did take pictures but I will have to load them after we get back home as this computer does not have the software installed for pictures yet.
Well, I realize this may not interest anyone but me. I wanted to write it down so I don't forget. It was quite a day! I hope your day was also grrrrrreat:) I am definitely still pulling for you! Take care and HAVVVVGN! Melody

Day of Joy and Gladness

Joyful morning to you!  I am excited to be here in Rexburg.  I haven't been here since we had kids in college here, so it has been a while.  And things have changed!  We are most excited to visit the temple this morning.  And it will be especially nice to be a witness to a celestial wedding.  There is really nothing else so beautiful.  I am never disappointed!
I had a fun experience last night delivering the wedding cake to the home of Jodell's brother Leon.  His house is filled with beautiful paintings!  He specializes in wildlife paintings and they are most impressive!  Lots of deer and elk and cougars....and a really beautiful one of the temple here in Rexburg.  The Parsons' family is full of artists.  I think seven of the nine children are artists.  Dell is the one that paints the many beautiful paintings of the Savior that the LDS church uses in teaching the gospel.  Leon paints wildlife...mostly.  Jodell's sister, I can't remember her name does gorgeous stuff too.  Jodell's house is full of all of the beautiful art of her family.
Well, I think we are in for a fun day.  I hope things are happy and well where ever you are in cyberspace today.  I'm still pulling for you!  Take care and HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Musing:)

Good merry morning to you!  I have been up painting this morning.  I am trying to get as much done on my paintings as I can before we leave this afternoon.  I painted last night until I was painting in the dark:)  Anyway, I need to take Max to the groomer and pick up a wedding cake to take with us to Rexburg, so I am taking a break, and so of course I thought I should write at least a little something and share my progress so far on this painting.
It is a memory I have of Yosemite when I was little...playing by the river with my brother, Norm, and enjoying the sun and sand.  This is just the underpainting so far.  I am going to do wonders with it:)  I am actually kind of excited because I am going to try a more impressionistic approach...well, maybe post impressionistic.  But it is very different in oils, and I am needing some instruction.  I figure I will paint until I have the canvas covered in some kind of paint, and then I will take it into class next Monday and get some help.  The nice thing about oils is that you can't really ruin things beyond repair...at least I hope not.
Well, I had better scoot!  I hope you have a most lovely and joyful day today out in cyberspace!  And that the muses smile upon you:)  I am still waiting for my muse to show up! Take care and HAVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dreams

Good evening!  It has been a good day today...again!  I like that!  I still feel like there is more to do than I can possibly get done, but I am going to take one thing at a time...or maybe two:)  I have two paintings here in my studio.  One I am almost done with, and the other I need to start.  The trouble is....daylight.  It seems like the days are much longer than they were, but still not long enough.  I am hoping I can get some painting in tonight before it gets too dark.
I took a picture on our walk in sculpture class...yeah, we had to walk again...in the rain.  But I really do enjoy the walking.  It is just the painful knees after that are not so fun.   They don't seem as bad tonight.  So maybe it will not keep me up.  Anyway, I love the river in the background, but it is very hard to see the wire sculpture of the goose and his "leavings".  I liked this sculpture a lot.  So you can see what you are able to see...You can kind of make out the brazing on the goose...and the curly poops:)....make sure you see the water!  It really is a beautiful river!
So FMI (for MY information)...I have a drawing to begin and finish due on May 2, a sculpture to begin and finish due on May 10, an illustration to continue and finish due on ?, and three paintings to finish by May 8.  Oh, and an artist statement for three of my classes, and an abstract to critique and finalize.  I also have a wedding in Rexburg this weekend and Women's conference next weekend.  I think it may be tight!!!
On the brighter side:) one of my friends at school found out today he was accepted into a painting workshop in....Spain!!!  The featured artist is Antonio Lopez Garcia.  Artist

Doesn't that sound fun?  I hope I can do that some day...travel to a distant land to sit at the feet of some great artist....or even to go look at someone's work in a museum close by.  It should be something I schedule.  I may schedule in a workshop in Seattle this July.  I am still working that one around in my head.
So I'd better paint!  I hope things are honky dorey where you are.  And I hope that means the same to you as it does to me:)  Take care and HAVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

An Eighth Note:)

Good morning!  I am rushing this morning, but wanted to send a cheery hello out to cyberspace this morning!  I hope you have a most wonderful, fantastical, inspired day!  I will try to do the same:)  Keep smiling!  And remember I am pulling for you!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Laughing!!!!

Guten Tag!  I am happy to report that my latest illustration super hero was accepted and approved today:)  I am going with.....drum roll here....Lizardana!  Or Reptilianna!  I haven't decided yet.  But she will be a lizard/woman who overcomes the problems of old age!  She is ...thick skinned so that she can take criticism well....able to regenerate body parts as they fail...like knees:)  She has eyes that go every which way, so that she can catch grandkids in the cookie jar.  And she has amazing hearing, so that she doesn't miss a thing that is said.  She is lightning swift and able to run all over without a thought to pain.  She is cold blooded, so that heat, cold and childrens' and grandchildrens' crazy antics do not bother her in the least!!!  Of course she is not the prettiest super hero on the block...looking very scaly and tough, but hey!...you can't have everything!  And best of all my teacher liked it!  The only thing he wanted to know was why a lizard?  And I said I really liked the thick skin:)  But he said it was great.  So now I have to come up with panels...either a story like a comic strip, or just various panels about each super power.  I am kind of excited about drawing a cool lizardy character.  It should be fun!  I am going to try acrylics one more time.
In painting I got my drawing done on my canvas, so I can start painting that.  I will probably do some of that this evening....after a power nap!  I really couldn't sleep last night because my leg and knee kept cramping up in pain.  So I have that high pitched weird noise in my head, and a kind of a headache that I get when I am tired.  But I am not complaining...much.  I actually feel pretty good about things.  I talked to my painting teacher about my frustrations with learning the craft of drawing.  I said I had thought about taking a class online.  He said not to do that...I needed someone that could help with things while I was drawing them.  He suggested a particular teacher and said I could repeat a drawing class with her.  He said she was excellent.  So I came home and found I could still get into her class for the Fall.  I will be repeating a class that I won't get credit for repeating, but I don't really care.  I just want to really learn this stuff.  He also said that I could take a life drawing class from him when he gets back from Italy.  Which I was planning to do anyway.  So I am kind of excited.  I love real drawing!  You know representational stuff...where you can tell what is being drawn.  I get tired of all of the concept stuff.  I really need to learn the rules and discipline of the skills before I can break all of the rules they want me to break:)  Anyway, I hope I can make some headway!
I really am tired, so I think I will sign off and go take a short nap before I start in on my painting.  I hope your day has been good!  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!  TTTL  Melody

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

P.S.

If you are bored....here is "The Man-tis!"  Action packed thriller about a superhero.....get this....praying mantis!  So maybe it isn't such a bad idea...er, well maybe it is:) Mantis
OK, so I am a little tired ...and silly.  That often makes for good comics, right?
 Me

The Remains of the Day:)

Good evening!  I have a few photos to share tonight.  School went well.  I put my wire boy up on the library steps.  He is very hard to see in this photo, but you might be able to make him out.
He is lying on the rail, holding on with both hands, and one foot is up on the railing.  My teacher and my class mates thought it was good.  I think I would have liked to have spent more time on it making it sturdy and substantial.  I will add a couple more pictures of other students' work.
We had a beautiful sunny morning!  It was fun to walk all over campus seeing what everyone had done.   But tonight my knees are extremely sore:(  I guess it is the arthritis, because although it hurts to walk, it hurts more later when they seem to stiffen up.  And tonight the rain is back...with thunder and lightning!
It was so beautiful this morning, I went and got my lunch and then ate it by the river and watched the geese.  It was a nice break.
My drawing
Then I went to my drawing class and that was interesting.  Apparently I was not the only one who had trouble understanding what was said in the article we had to read and write a response to, so we sat in a circle and talked until the meaning was clear.  It was fun.  I really like the people in my class, and they are all so smart!  It was fun to hear how they interpreted the article.  Then we turned in our papers and drew the rest of class.  My drawing is coming along.  I still have some work to do to fix the shadows so they look more real.  And I am drawing in a city in the background, so that will take some time.  But it is better than I thought it would be.  I am still figuring out my next drawing.  And tomorrow is my last day to come up with a superhero.  Ugh!  I am not enjoying this too much.  Mostly because I can't come up with a clever idea.  It is getting a little painful.  But I will figure out something I hope!!!   I also have to draw my memory painting sketch onto the canvas.  I am excited to do this.  I love the idea of it anyway.  I put a matte medium with a medium gray color on the canvas today in between classes, so it should be ready to start tomorrow:)
Elbert put barbed wire on the spirit of BSU:)
Well, I have to draw something!  I am thinking of a character with tigers pulling a chariot or something:)  Why is this so hard?  I think I am so afraid I will fail that I am afraid to try.  I guess I will just draw until something happens.
I hope your day has been good out in cyberspace today!  I love your comments!  It is nice to think someone actually reads all of this nonsense:)  Take care and keep smiling!  We are all in this together!!!  Have a very good evening!!!  Melody
Jake put mushrooms under the Capitol bridge

Amos held up a tablet of paper so you can see the mushrooms

This is my sculpture teacher, Matt

Brighter Beams the Azure Sky

Good and happy morning!  I am happy because I have finished my paper for my drawing class.  I tried to write it last night, but when I read it this morning it kind of made me laugh.  I must have been pretty tired!  So the rain has stopped...did I mention it was pouring yesterday?...so I guess we really will be displaying our sculptures around campus today.  I hope no one has selected a sight too far away!  My knees are acting up with all of the moisture.  I really am becoming an old lady!
So, besides school today, I am going to start packing for our weekend getaway...to Rexburg.  Our friend's daughter is being married in the temple in Rexburg.  The kind of interesting sidelight is that my friend's brother, Leon, is the artist who painted the murals inside of the temple.  I think it will be kind of fun to see them, and he will be there too.  So I can ask him for a tour....or advice on my painting:)  Ha, ha, ha!  Seriously, I am thinking of taking an online course he is offering on drawing through BYU Idaho.  My son Kenny had a class from him and thought he was an exacting teacher....which might help my sad drawing skills!  I really feel like it would be a good thing.
Well, I had better scoot!  Take care out there in cyberspace!  Remember I am still pulling for you!  And HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, April 16, 2012

Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip!

Hi again!  This has been a busy day.  But I found out I have another week to get my paintings all done...they're not due until May 8th.  So that is good and welcome news.  I made good progress on my wave painting, and I am done with my wire boy!!!!  I went by today and fit him to the stair railing.  He looks pretty good for such a flimsy piece of sculpture.  I guess I am not too impressed with this project....which means I probably didn't do too well.  I think it was a little ambitious....I should have stuck to my ping pong paddle idea:)
Illustration went OK.  I was told that I need to solidify things by Wednesday.  The teacher didn't like the preying mantis idea much.  There were a couple he really did like....coffee man who flies in with a refill for your coffee, procrastination man who never gets anything done, sloth man who is too slow to get to the scene of the crime, commonsense girl who helped the other superheroes who lacked common sense, and I forget the rest.  But they were all pretty clever.  I guess I didn't get the clever gene.  But I will keep working at this until I figure something clever out.  I am a little tired still.
Well, I have an article to read and a response to write for drawing class tomorrow.  I can do this! Oh yes I can!  And I will keep telling myself that!!!  I hope things are going well in your neck of the woods today.  Have a wonderful family night.  Take care and keep smiling.  I will do the same!!!  Melody

As Good As It Gets

Good morning!  I have pasted on my smile to go and meet another day.  How does marvelous mantis sound?  Yeah I am looking in the thesaurus next.  I have a long day ahead of me.  But I can do this!!!  And if not....I guess the worst that could happen is I will get a B:)  Just kidding.  There are always worse things. I hope you have a good day out in cyberspace today!  Keep smiling!  I am chuckling again.  HAVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Shalom!

Good Sabbath!  It is here.  I just watched a video you might enjoy about Joseph Smith and the four accounts he gave of his first vision.  It was interesting to me. Joseph Smith   I had heard there was more than one account a very long time ago when I was a student at BYU, but no information was available to me then.  So this is especially nice to see.  I want to purchase the Joseph Smith Papers volumes, but so far have not.  I think I will make it a priority for May...when school is out and I can actually read a book:)
In other news:)  I did sleep a little last night.  I am sure tired of waking up and not being able to fall back asleep.  I am glad for melatonin, but I do feel tired this morning when I should be feeling zippy.  Oh well.  Such is life as I know it right now.
Here's wishing you a lovely inspiring Sabbath day today out in cyberspace.  I plan to smile!  Take care and HAVVVVVGS!!!  Melody

Sweeter Dreams Please:)

Good morning/middle of the night/or whatever!  I can't sleep so I am up making sketches for my superhero project.  I really am not sure what to do for this.  Does he want a comic strip?  He said a "sequence", but to think outside the box:)  I get kind of tired of that phrase...not enough to sleep apparently though.
So far I have a granny blowing the smoke off of her gun and saying, "I'm the Queen and that's all you need to know."  Another view of her holding up a car with her feet while she is standing on her hands, a frame where she is in a typical karate pose with a typical grandma body, and one where she is painting. I thought I might do one where her son in law is on the phone saying, "It's your mother...again!"  But that is as tired as the rest of my ideas.  I am going to have to go on Monday morning with not much!  I keep reading over my notes and feeling frustrated!  I think I could do this better with more instruction.  Oh well.  I will think about it all day tomorrow and maybe early Monday morning I will come up with something inspiring and original...or not.  If it wasn't supposed to be me as a superhero I think I could do better.  So maybe I will have to think of some other approach.  Such a conundrum:)  I like that word!
Well, I took some melatonin and I think it is beginning to work.   Nighty night!!  Me

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Makin' it great!

A foot
A granddaughter

Hi!  I'm taking a break!  I just got back from a birthday party for my granddaughter Ellen, who turned 12 a couple of days ago.  Such energy!  Here they are playing with the candles:)  I can remember being so fascinated with the cake candles!  They all went roller skating, but I just joined in for the cake...because I can't walk....let alone skate!  Anyway, it is tough getting old.  It's funny to think we age a day at a time. Somehow it seems younger people age slower or something.  
I know this is nonsensical.  I have been brazing wires together most of the day...and it does something to your psyche I think.  I have everything done now except the hands.  And then I need to attach the hands and the feet to the body.  I will try to get a picture of the whole thing when I am finally done with it.
Well, back I go.  I may take Mel on a date later.  Kim and Amy are singing again together over in Caldwell at the Talent Night.
HAVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody
A head

The body....but it is hard to see...I will get a better picture....soon!

Interruption

Hi!  I am interrupting my morning to bring you this wonderful link!!!  It made me cry watching it...of course I cry easily.  But it is really, really amazing!!!!  I guess this link will take you to the video of this wonderful 17 year old singer. Amazing
Back to the grindstone!  :)  Me

Saturday is a special day!

Good wonderful morning!  The sun is still shining here.  I think that must be a record for this year.  Usually we do have a lot of sunshine, but this year not so much.  So I am very glad for the sunny skies!
Today I am going to try to finish my wire boy.  I took him over to Liz's on the way home yesterday to see if he matched up with Gabriel at all...and surprisingly he did!  So I can move forward knowing he is pretty much in proportion to a real 7 year old.  I do have to shorten one leg...it is a little longer than the other:)  And I think I may rework the head if I have time.  But mostly I need to make hands and feet....er shoes.  I am going to try to make him look like he has clothes on.  I am not sure how to do that with bailing wire and brazing, but I will make a valiant attempt.  I hope this assignment gets graded on time and effort more than results:)
Well, not much more to tell.  It was fun to visit with Taylor and Gabe and little Alexander yesterday.  I feel bad I don't get together with the grandkids as much as I used to.  But they seemed fine.  It is hard to realize I am not the most important person in their lives:)  Sigh!  I think I was trying to be before I started school.  Well, I had better get on with my day.  I hope you have a gut wan!!!  Melody

Friday, April 13, 2012

Making More Waves!

Just ignore the top left corner....it needs work!!!
Good evening!  I am sharing my still unfinished ocean wave tonight.  And the story that goes with it today.  I went to school this morning about 11 and worked on my sculpture until about 2:30.   I was tired...and hungry, so I quit sculpting and went and got some lunch.  I felt somewhat revived, and so I went to my oil painting classroom and got out my ocean painting and started working on it.  And I did make a little progress, especially when one of the other students came in and said, "Wow!"  That is a nice response, and it made me feel good.  But I was still struggling with the white foam of the waves.  My teacher was not around, so I was getting ready to leave thinking I will never get this right.  As I was putting my painting away though I saw my teacher...yay!  So I asked him if he would mind helping me.  I know I have said before he is a good teacher....and here is why.  He came to where I was working and started telling me all of the good things he liked about my painting.  I joked and said, "Now comes the bad stuff!"  He said, "No, I have nothing negative to say about your painting.  Let's find the strengths and see how you can improve upon them."  I think every teacher should memorize that last line!!!  He is soooo positive, and not only that, he really did know how to improve my work.  He asked me if I had a fan brush, and when I said no he went and found something to improvise...a little plastic wisk broom!  And then he showed me how to use it to make interesting foam and waves.  Anyway, he brought in a practice canvas he had and let me use that to practice in front of him, saying things like..."That's marvelous!  See what you did!"  And he is totally sincere, so by the end of his instruction I felt like an artist again.  I love that!  I will really miss him as a teacher next year.  But I am sure he will be teaching people in Italy how to paint beautiful pictures!  And I will probably still be a student when he returns so that I can learn more from him.
So this evening I am exhausted!  But I feel like I made some good strides today.  Tomorrow is another day after all:)  I think I am headed for bed...with a chuckle:)  Take care out there in cyberspace.  I will be trying to come up with a good superhero type granny.  I have to have a solid character by Monday morning....aack and double aack!  I keep thinking of not very funny stuff.  It's a good thing Mel has a good job!!!  Take care!  Keep smiling!  Snore Loudly!   Melody

Performing Magic!

Good morning!  The sun is shining again today.  And the wind is blowing wildly!  My visiting teachers came by this morning, and I worried they would blow away as they were going out the front door!  It is really howling!   Which means that we are probably in for a change of weather.
So I have my metal boy about half way done.  I am going to take him over to the school and make sure he fits on the stair railings OK.  I kind of hate doing that I guess, because I don't like to be stared at...and yesterday when I did that, I did draw a few odd glances.  I have never liked being noticed publicly I guess. Except dancing....I used to love to be the center of attention on stage dancing.  One year I got to be the mouse in the Nutcracker who comes out on stage alone and shoots a rifle.  I loved that!  And another time I got to dance for the Relief Society....and sing:)  I still remember the song...."I Enjoy Being a Girl!"  Ha!  Such funny memories.  I wouldn't dance and sing now if they paid me:)  And I probably wouldn't remember the lyrics or the steps anyway...reminds me of some magic tricks I discovered I no longer remember!  Sigh!
Well, I had better get on into school.  It is so nice to kind of take my time.  But I feel really pressured to get things accomplished.  We are going to Rexburg next weekend, then Women's Conference the next weekend...and then it is finals!!!  AAACK!  I hope your day is not pressured!  Take care and I hope you have a very, very, very, very, very GREAT Wan!!!!  Melody

Thursday, April 12, 2012

One Last Thing

Hi!  Here's a blog about one of my dad's students from his high school band.  He was pretty proud of those guys.  Quite a few of them went professional with their music.  It makes my dad feel very good!
Bob Smith
Well, back to the wire sculpting!  TTTT  Me

Still Smiling!!!

Good evening!  I am here to report that this day has gone much better than expected.  I love when that happens!  And tonight should be filled with lots of sculpting.  I brought home my "boy" to work on him tonight while I listen to TV.  I won't be able to watch much, but I do like Doc Martin, and that is on tonight.
I made great strides in my drawing.  My teacher didn't have too much bad to say about it.  And I have even decided what I am going to do for my last project in there....shadows of things that aren't present....like Regina Silveira.  She's a Brazilian artist who plays with perspective.
 It should be fun.  So I am feeling much more optimistic and able to accomplish things.  At least in sculpting and drawing.  I am going to have to paint like mad to finish my paintings in time for the critique in my painting class the first of May.  But one day at a time, right?  I can do this!!!
Well, I hope your day has been Grrrrrrrrrrrrreat!!!  And that the nighttime finds you smiling!!!!  And snoring too of course!  HAVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody

Greeting the Day with a Blog:)

Good sunny, bright beautiful morning to you!  When I was a primary girl so many years ago, we had a motto that we cross-stitched onto a sampler.  The first line was..."Greet the Day with a Song".  I love that line and I often remind myself of it when I need a little cheer.  But this morning I thought that I also greet the day now with a blog.  I think it is kind of healthy....or really needy.  I can't decide which one:)  Seriously, I do like writing a few lines each morning to set my attitude in a positive direction.  I find that I think about what I've written most of the morning.  And if I have committed to being happy, I really try to stay true to that.  I guess it is the power of positive thinking.
This morning I am excited for school.  I am going to conquer those hard projects in sculpture and drawing classes today.  I do feel like I am making progress in my sculpture project.  I just wish for a little more time.  And in drawing I am hoping I can perform miracles with Conte crayons.  I think I can make it work.
So I hope your day is happy, inspired and satisfying.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  Remember to sing a happy song:)  And whistle while you work:)  I think I have been thinking of Jimminy Cricket this morning as I am trying to come up with a super hero.  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bound to Get Better!

Banksy hanging the "Beautiful Eyes" painting at the Met


Good evening!  It turns out I needed all of that positive self talk today.  First off in illustration, my teacher was not happy.  I don't think it had to do much with us, but it still felt like we weren't good enough today.  We did watch some cool cartoon videos.  I guess we can do our next illustration like a comic strip if we want.  I'm not very skilled in that way....but I may give it the old college try:)  Anyway, one of the links was especially entertaining, the other insightful.  I will post them both at the end....when I have looked them up:)
The rest of my day was pretty much a flop....and I wasn't expecting it.  I had my lunch and then went to get my painting stuff out of the trunk...and it wasn't there!  I had left my paints, brushes, references...the whole caboodle, except for the painting, at home.  So I put on my thinking cap, got out my debit card, and went to the bookstore and got some cheap brushes and some paint.  And then I tried to paint on my big wave.  But I have been using a different green than what they sold at the bookstore.  I tried and tried to get what I bought to work, but to no avail.  In fact I could see that I was taking the painting in a direction I didn't want to go.  So after an hour and a half of mixing and painting and rubbing it off,  I packed my stuff, gave my sweet teacher my lame excuses, and came home....and took a short nap.  I felt so bad, but now I think "Oh well."  It is just one of those things.  I can always use extra paint.  And I will go in on Friday and work on it with the right paint.  My teacher told me he would be in on Friday if I had any questions.  And I do....I am trying to add lighter colors and I am failing miserably.  So maybe he can tell me how to succeed.  I really do like this painting, so I hope I don't wreck it now!  Sigh, and double sigh!!!
I did have a bright spot in my day...well, several actually.  I have good friends in both of those classes who are so kind to me.  Actually, in my painting class, I am noticing that I am turning into the real super granny....hearing everyone's problems and concerns.  But I really don't mind, as long as the teacher doesn't get annoyed:)  It is amusing some days though, because I kind of feel like just one of the kids.  And then about the third person who comes to tell me their tale, I begin to realize they don't think of me as one of the kids.  I guess I am the wise old granny to them.  Funny how deceptive appearances can be!!!
So the sign downtown changed today.  The first side said, "Harpist - a plucky musician"...cute.  But the other side was worth turning around to see...."Abundance - a dumb bunny"....ha, ha, ha!  When I finally got it I did a laugh out loud!
Well, I hope you don't mind reading my sad and discouraging tales.  I am kind of feeling bad about this drawing coming up again tomorrow.  I need to fix it big time.  I hope it is salvageable.  I printed off some images that might help from the internet.  But I may have ruined it.  If so, it may end up being a collage.  I think I could paste stuff over what I messed up:)  I have some time still.  It is due the first of May...but we have another drawing due then too....a site specific drawing.  I think my teachers must all ask each other for ideas, cuz there are definitely some similarities between classes.  Anyway, we watched a bunch of slides of artists that do site specific work.  Most of them were criminals!  I am not kidding!  Graffiti, and such.  The one I liked best was Banksy.  Besides doing grafitti, he (or she)...no one has ever seen him out of disguise...hangs up his own artworks in galleries and museums when no one is looking:)  These are a couple of examples.
Beautiful Eyes
Why does that make me laugh?  I would love to do that I guess.  But the art museum is so small here I am sure I would be noticed.  And I really don't want to break any laws...even though that is probably the only way I would ever get work into a museum!
Well, I guess I have complained enough!  I think it is almost time for dinner.  I will have to ask the maid if she is almost done fixing it:)  I wonder what that would be like...probably pretty annoying.  I hope you have a lovely evening out there in cyberspace!  I am bound to have one here.  It's definitely time for something good to happen!  Take care and remember I'm still pulling for you!!!  Melody
Here are those links from blog.drawn.ca
Cartoonist's goal
French cartoonists- this one was fun... from 1971.  My teacher said he used to do this with friends who could draw.  How come I never got to do this?  It looks so fun!!!!

"I Love to Laugh....and when the sun is out.....I have something I can laugh about"

Good morning!  I am laughing right out loud today:)  And I think it will be a good day all day long.  And I am feeling very prepared for both illustration and painting classes.  And yes, this is self-talk....trying to stay positive.  It seems to work...most of the time.  And I am getting better at it....ha, ha, ha!  Do you believe any of this?
Now for the other side.  It is growing more and more overcast as I write.  The temperature has dropped from 80 to 40.  Ummmmmm....that's it.  I can't think of anything negative.  So I guess it really will be a fantastically wonderful and amazing day today!  I will have to remember that when I go through my ideas in illustration for super granny today.  I think I am supposed to have a few thumbnails, so I had better draw a few.  Take care!  And I do wish for you a most marvelous, inspired, happy and productive day....with ice cream:)  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

P.S.

After I finished my blog I started looking for granny superheroes and found this...you won't want to miss it!!!!  Granny
I think this is my favorite image!   Enjoy!!!  Me

Super!

Good evening!  I came home to such a nice surprise today!  My friend, Bob Faris, Jodell's husband, and the missionaries (they live at B&J's house) came over while I was at school and mowed our lawn, weed eated all of the garden area and burned all the tumble weeds!  I guess they sprayed with weed killer too from what Bob told me when I called to thank him.  Bob had told me yesterday he was going to do that, but I thought he was kidding.  So now I guess I owe him and Jodell some orange rolls:)  And maybe a dinner or two:)  They are awfully good friends!  Mel has been so busy he can't keep up with all of his orders, and I am not much good with hard yard work with my knees complaining all the time.  So the yard really did need attention.  I am grateful for good friends!
School was fun today, but hard.  I am brazing together my little boy to go on the library railings.  I have his head done, and his spine and shoulders, arms and legs.  I am working on his hands and feet.  It is hard to know how much detail to put in.  It is due next Tuesday.  So I will probably not be doing as much detail as I would like.  But I think I will stay and work on it after school tomorrow.  I just get soooooo tired.  In fact I took a nap between classes.  No, I'm not kidding.  It was such a warm and beautiful day that I took the car and got lunch and then parked up on the top floor of the student parking garage out in the sunshine, opened the windows and the sunroof and took a power nap.  Pretty funny, huh?   I felt much better for my afternoon class, which was drawing class today.  I took the tiger out of the drawing....to make my teacher happy.   And I am putting in a shadow of a city skyline....so the drawing will be about civilization encroaching on nature.  It's sort of a worn out theme I think.  But you wouldn't believe how relieved my teacher seemed when I told him I had changed direction.  It isn't easy to draw in the shadows with conte crayon, but I will figure it out.  And I will draw my own Jungle Book illustration for my grandkids at another time I guess:)  I must admit that I would much rather draw a happy picture of animals and forest and interesting purple trees.  But I do get graded on intent, and content, and ideas, and theory and such, waaaay more than on how I draw.  Yeah, it's weird to me too.  Especially since it is a drawing class.  I guess I thought I would be learning how to draw better.  I will have to read my drawing books about that to learn I guess...or watch on youtube.  I can't believe how much information there is on there anymore!
Tonight I want to put a tone on my canvas...I bought one instead of stretching one...for my next painting.  But I doubt I will get to it tomorrow anyway, so I suppose I could put that off.  I also have a paper due tomorrow.  And I have to come up with me as a super hero for my illustration class.  Maybe wonder granny:)  It would be nice to fly...easier on the knees..so a pelican character of some kind?  Or maybe an insect, so I could be small and not too noticeable.  But if I would be serious about what super power I would want...it would be the gift of healing.  Not just bodies...but souls...like Jesus.  I have been thinking a lot about His amazing super powers.  He really has the best.
Well, I hope you've had a most enjoyable day!  Take care!  I am still pulling for you!!!!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody

Good Day, Sunshine!!

Good morning!  I am off and running again today!  So much to do...so little time.  I just wanted to send happy greetings out into cyberspace!!!  Keep smiling!  And HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, April 9, 2012

Making Waves

Hi again!  I thought I would share my wave today.  I think this is a pretty bad photo, as you can't see the whole canvas.  But you can see some of the paint strokes and colors.  It is quite large, and this is a little
out of focus.  It's also darker...and I don't know why I am sharing it.  It's much better than this in real life:)  I am really enjoying this as art therapy.  And today I had a friend in class just sit and watch me paint.  She is a young married lady who is going off to New York in a month on a high adventure!  By that I mean they are going back there to re-establish themselves and to go to a real art school.  So I think she needed to tell me all about it.  I had fun listening and painting. And I did my share of talking too.  It was fun.  But then my teacher gave a short lecture - to us in particular - about not talking socially in class.  Ooops!  We were in an overflow room with just a few of us in there.  I didn't even realize the teacher was in there.  It was a little embarrassing:)
I am tired now.  I have a bit of homework....a paper, and a wire sculpture, and another painting.  I will probably not get it all done.  But that is OK.  Nothing is due tomorrow.
Well, I think I will go put my feet up and hope the dinner cooks itself tonight!  HAVVVVVVGFHE!!!  Melody

Smiling!

Good merry morning to you!  This is a photo from yesterday of my three oldest daughters...making potato salad with the eggs from the Easter egg hunt.  Kim pulled a funny face when I said I would probably put it in my blog:)  She is my drama queen!  We had a very nice afternoon and evening.  The kids that were here colored the eggs.  Then the older kids hid them for the younger ones to find. It worked out rather well.
My lesson had a rather large glitch in it yesterday.  I had a video presentation planned and so I was concerned about getting the projector and screen and everything all ready at the beginning of Relief Society.   Mel helped and we got the screen up and the projector on a table all hooked up to the cords...then Mel said, "Where did you put the computer?"  I thought he had brought it with him to Bishopric meeting...he left it at home on the table for me to bring:)  Soooo....no video.  And he was a little embarrassed sticking around to take down the screen and carry the projector off to the library.  I apologized to the ladies, but it did kind of make me feel flustered and I was not too calm giving the lesson.  Oh well.  It turned out OK.  No one walked out on me at any rate.  And I have a month now before I have to give another lesson....unless the Bishop fires me for incompetence or something:)
Today is school again.  I have my Miss Muffet painting to turn in today.  I know the teacher is not too fond of it, but it is what it is.  Then for painting I will work on my wave painting some more.  I really would like to start on my Yosemite painting this week.  But I need to stretch a canvas for that....and with everything else I did not get that done yet.  Maybe it would make a good family home evening project:)  I am thinking maybe something not so huge this time.  I am excited about painting it though.  I think I am going to keep the palette very high key...or light colors...and try to make it look like a memory.
Maybe something like this painting.  It should be tricky...and fun!
Well, I guess I had better get going.  I hope you have a lovely day in cyberspace today.  I am smiling...and I plan to all day long!  Take care!!!  Melody

Sunday, April 8, 2012

And Your Soul Will Glow with Love From the Perfect Light Above

Happy Easter!  I think this is my favorite holiday....not because of bunnies or candy or fancy dresses....but because of hope!  Hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  Hope in the resurrection of all people because of His great sacrifice.  The LDS church has released several new videos about Him and they are all wonderful!  Although my favorite is about Mary.  Here is a link. The resurrection  I am glad for these videos!  I am such a visual learner,, and it helps me to see a reenactment of something.  I remember so much better.  I am going to try to use this video in my lesson today, but I am not sure I can get all of the equipment to work right:)  I am going early to check it all out.
I am also including this picture of Carl Bloch's.  It is one of the few paintings I have stood in front of and cried.  It is soooooo full of hope.  I have been where this mother is in the painting....full of grief and despair.  She has not yet noticed who is at her doorway...the Savior, and the dawn is just beginning behind Him.  Such symbolism and beauty!  This is the story of the daughter of Jairus...It is found in the New Testament, Mark 5: 35 to the end of the chapter.
35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?

  36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only abelieve.

  37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

  38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

  39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this aado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

  40 And they alaughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

  41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, aarise.

  42 And straightway the damsel aarose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
  43 And he acharged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
I love this story!  Jesus was so kind and compassionate.  And I am so grateful to Him!
You may have noticed I have been using a few phrases from one of my favorite hymns to title my blogs this week.  The hymn is "You Can Make the Pathway Bright".  And here are all of the verses.

1. You can make the pathway bright,
Fill the soul with heaven’s light,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
Turning darkness into day,
As the shadows fly away,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.
[Chorus]
If there’s sunshine in your heart,
You can send a shining ray
That will turn the night to day;
And your cares will all depart,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.
2. You can speak the gentle word
To the heart with anger stirred,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
Tho it seems a little thing,
It will heaven’s blessings bring,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.
3. You can do a kindly deed
To your neighbor in his need,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
And his burden you will share
As you lift his load of care,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.
4. You can live a happy life
In this world of toil and strife,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
And your soul will glow with love
From the perfect Light above,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.
Text: Helen Silcott Dungan, ca. 1899
Music: James M. Dungan, 1851–1925
Well, I better get hopping!  Lots to do before my lesson.  And then afterwards the family will be here!  I hope your day is bright and beautiful today!  Happy Easter!!!!!  There is so much to be hopeful and happy for today!!!!!!!!!  Melody