Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallow's Eve

Good Hallow's Eve!  I was just reading about it on the internet.  I guess children used to collect food, not just candy.  And it was good luck for the house that gave them food.  At least that is what I got from a very quick perusal of the material.  I could be all wrong!  Anyway, it is very quiet here.  We had zero trick or treaters!  So I am very glad we had a Halloween party on Monday.  I guess this would be a good time to share some of the fun!
Thor with Princess Naia
I guess I miss the kids knocking on the door and singing, "Trick or Treat".  Last year we got two kids here....this year none.  Sigh!!
I have spent this evening being an old lady.  I have looked through everything in this art studio looking for one piece of paper.  It is the critique for my ceramics notebook.  It had notes about what the teacher wanted me to do.  And I can't find it!  I hate when I misplace things, and it seems to happen more often...even though I feel like I am very careful to sort and file.  Oh well, I think maybe I can remember what she wanted me to do.  At least I hope so!!!
Did I mention we did a pen (with a real nib!) and ink exercise in my drawing class?  I did terribly!!  I knew it would be hard, but I guess I didn't realize how hard.  I have new respect for the art of pen and ink!!!  And I will have to practice this weekend, so that I can hand in something presentable.  We did a hatching on drafting film over a pencil self portrait....mine was really blah!  All the lines looked the same.  I tried to vary thickness, etc., but I kept getting too much ink and making a real mess:)  Another sigh!!

Matthew as Thor
Today was better with just one class.  I think I did rather well.  I told Mel it is sad to be doing well in a class that I can't share my art with anyone.  I think I will draw clothes on all of them when the class is over:)  I really like some of the work I've done in there.
Well, I can tell I am getting silly.  I am a little tired. But counting my blessings as more news comes in about the Eastern storm.  The pictures and stories are all quite incredible.  I heard one today about a man who was killed by a falling tree.  That one seemed rather close.  I feel so sorry for his family.  How hard to lose someone so quickly.
Well, I hope things are good in your neighborhood.  I am pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!  I hope your evening is full of treats...and no tricks!!
HAVVVVVGN!!!  Melody
Mel with Thor




This one is my favorite

Almost too big for Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween!  I don't know about you, but I am still looking for the Great Pumpkin!  Such fun!!!  I have a little break from school this morning...no class unless I really wanna go.  We only have to attend once a week.  And I went on Monday.  So I think I will stay home and work on homework, and maybe even do a little laundry.  And there is one last visiting teaching sister I need to visit.  Yeah, the day just fills up with stuff so fast.  I look at my calendar and wonder where did October go?  November will probably speed on by just as fast.  Maybe that is a good thing....especially if you are having some hardship.  And it seems there is plenty to go around these days.  I feel so sorry for the people in New Jersey and New York!
I do have a class at noon.  It is my figure drawing class.  As much as I think it is weird, I am learning a lot about drawing in there.  I think it has to do with timed drawings.  We always start the class out with one minute timed gestural drawings.  We have one minute to capture on paper the pose the model is in. It is hard for me.  I think my tendency is to capture details....I love the details.  But there is no time for that.   It reminds me of speed reading....just capturing the main points and moving on.
Well, I hope life is happy and great for you today out in cyberspace.   Speaking of which....I "liked" a site on Facebook I am particularly enjoying....Space.com.  NASA puts it out, and it is full of wonderful images from space.  I have always loved astronomy.  If I was smarter I would have majored in astro physics:)  Take care!  I hope you remember I am still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Practice

Good evening!  I had to stay up and watch the PBS special on Erma Bombeck.  She was one of my favorite writers of humor.  I got to meet her when she came to Boise to speak about her book, "I want to grow hair, I want to grow up, I want to go to Boise".  It was a book about kids with cancer, and since I had a son with cancer it was especially meaningful to me.  I remember that she was quite short, very gracious, and had a kindness you could feel.  I am glad they produced such a sweet tribute to her.
I have had a good day today, just a little tiring.  But my sweet drawing teacher went out of her way today to tell me that she thought I was a good drawer.  She said I see things well, and that I am getting good with proportions.  She advised me to try to use more of a range of value in my work....which I am trying to learn.  And she also said to "practice, practice, practice!"  I used to hate to hear that about my clarinet.  But I like to practice drawing.  So I think I will:)  But not now.  I am headed for bed.  Just reporting in and wishing all a good night!!!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody  or Lemoly ( the latest misspelling of my name:)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy FHE!!!

Hi!  I am avoiding my homework.  It isn't much.  I have to take a photo of myself and then draw it onto a piece of Strathmore paper.  But I am a little sick of images of me.  Especially when the next step will be to place a piece of drafting film over the top and do hatching on it with India ink and a quill pen.  It will be my first experience with this, and I am worried I will fail:)  But of course I will, so why do I stress.  I should just go ahead with it...... ........ ........  I think I need a power nap!  But instead we are headed to Julie's for a Halloween bash.  It should be fun!!!!  TTTL  Melody

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gute Nacht

Good Sabbath!  I have had a very relaxing and peaceful sabbath day.  And I thought I would share one last time these two pictures I turn in tomorrow.  I've changed them both...I hope for the better.
 Well, not much to share.  I am sure glad for a day of rest!  Take care out there in cyberspace!  And HAVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Waxing poetic (I must need sleep!)

Good evening!  It has been a good day today.  I really enjoyed the temple!  It is absolutely gorgeous!!  They have replaced all of the wood with an African mahogany that is so rich and beautiful.  And they have expanded the rooms and just made it much more workable.  I will be glad when it is dedicated and we can have a temple near by again.
I was able to "finish" my self portrait.  The first one posted here I did to start...and then I continued to ruin it as I went:)  I just wish I had another couple of days to do homework for Monday.  I am not pleased with either of my drawings.  But I can tell I am improving little by little, so I will keep at it.  And maybe one day I can draw and paint for real.  It is good to realize I am making progress, even though I have miles to go (before I sleep!).     Have a wonderful night!!  Melody


Stuff

Good morning!  I didn't sleep too well last night.  While I was awake I planned my classes for next semester.  I won't have much in the way of drawing...only one illustration class.  The other three are two art history classes and a seminar I am required to take.  Maybe I will have more time to do a good job if I am only drawing for one class.  I am still not too happy with my Rumpelstiltskin picture.  I would like to go back in and do the spinning wheel right, and also put in some background.  I will see how my time goes today.
This morning I am going to work on my self portrait.  We are supposed to draw a self portrait that subverts the traditions associated with our gender.  I think I will just draw me with reading glasses and a newspaper....not the normal stereotype for women.  I hope that will work.  I really am feeling a little pushed with this.
Well, I hope things are happy and bright out in cyberspace today.  Take care!  Keep smiling!  I am pulling for you.  We're all in this together.  (And yes, I do hear drums in the distance today...maybe a nap will help)  HAVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, October 26, 2012

Rumpelstiltskin is my name!

Well, here it is.  I like the figure....just wish I had time for more detail....no, I don't!  I am tired of this particular drawing.  So I think it will be nice to move forward to something new!  My teacher said I could treat it like a character study, so that explains the poor drawing of the spinning wheel (sigh!).
I am glad to be done with this version of Rumplestiltskin.  Now I guess I will pick something feminine....maybe a fairy or a princess or something. I am still deciding on that.
Tomorrow I am going to finish my self portrait and then I am meeting my sisters and we are going to tour the remodeled Boise temple.  Mel has to usher there, so I thought it might be fun to go with my sisters.  We don't seem to find enough time to be together.
Well, I am tired.  I just wanted to share.  HAVVVVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

And One More Time!

Good day!  I have a lot planned for today!  I had my visiting teacher visit this morning already.  We visit each other, so that is one visit I have done now.  I will visit my other two ladies later today.  Now I will begin to work some more on my Rumpelstiltskin, since that is my first class on Monday morning.  And then would come my self portrait....again!  We are supposed to do one that deals with non-traditional ways of presenting ourselves.  Ho hum.  Yes, I am tired of these self portraits.  But I will do what I must...:)  Anyway, I need to keep at it.  I just thought I would send a happy message out to the world.  I hope all is well and happy where ever you are today!  Take care and keep smiling!  I am definitely still smiling....and pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ  :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Unexpected Events

It's always amazing to me how a day can carry with it so many unexpected events.  Shall I list them?  First, I met with my counselor, and he said I do need to take two more semesters.  But he said I shouldn't give in to the game they were playing with the senior citizens.  He said he would make sure I got into the classes I needed....or something like that, and that I should go back and claim my senior discount.  So I did.  And I got an email today that they are not making us register last after all.  I guess there was a lot of complaint.  So that is the first thing I was not expecting.
Then I found out in my figure drawing class that I had completely misunderstood the article we had to read and write about.  I am not sure still if I really did, or if my perception is more correct than the teacher's:)  After all he is a lot younger and less experienced.  But no, I think he is probably right, as I was pretty tired when I wrote my paper last night.
And the last thing that surprised me is that I am having a slumber party with two of my grandsons tonight.  Their mom is feeling under the weather, so I offered to take them for the night so that maybe she could sleep.  They are watching the animated feature, Despereaux, right now.  I was watching with them, when I got this urge to do a little homework...and check the computer.  Anyway, I had better get back to things with them.  I hope all is well in cyberspace tonight!  HAVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Up, Up and Away!

Good merry morning to you!  I am off to go see my school counselor.  I hope all goes as I have planned!  It is the worst time to travel....bad commute traffic.  Even my sister who has lived in the Bay Area the last few years thinks it is bad at commute time:)  Of course it is all relative.
I hope your day goes well out in cyberspace today.  Ha, ha!  I get a picture in my head of someone floating in space....like 2001 Space Odyssey.  Remember when 2001 seemed like a long ways away?  It is all relative...like I said.  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Evening Post

Good evening!  I found out today that I only have 7 credits to take before I can graduate in Illustration.   I think I can do it one semester.  I go in to talk to my school counselor tomorrow and he will see.  But it has made me kind of excited....and kind of not.  Ambivalence is the word!  I like being so busy with school, but it would be nice to take a break.  And maybe I will really write and illustrate that children's book.   Stranger things have happened!
Well, I have a granddaughter's choir concert to go to this evening, a paper to write and I really should do some drawing.  Busy, busy!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!  Melody

Happification

Good morning!  Are you happified?  I am feeling pretty good today.  Amazing since I feel like everything is rushing...including me.  I have a lot to accomplish today.  But I can do this!  And I just keep thinking how glad I am that I am able to function and go to school.  It is great.
Well, I hope you have a happy day out in cyberspace today!  Take care and keep smiling!!!!  And HAVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Pumpkins

Good evening!  Is it getting spooky where you live yet?  I had a bunch of Jack 0 Lantern carvers over last night.  They carved wonderful faces on lots of pumpkins.  So I thought I would share a few snapshots.
Randy helping his kids
 We sure had fun!
Today was a long day in school....mostly because I couldn't sleep last night.  But I got through it all somehow.  I think I got a little bit smart alecky in my last class though....I will blame it on sleep deprivation.  I just think I am sooooo funny when I haven't had enough sleep.  I hope my teacher will forgive me!  He assigned us a reading and a paper due on Wednesday...maybe he was teaching me a lesson:)  We had a critique in there today....figure drawing.  I got very nice comments.  I wasn't really expecting that.  So it was nice to hear my classmates telling me what they liked about my drawings.  They all thought the super granny drawing was fun.
Well, I am going to go take a short nap before Mel returns from work.  Maybe I can be a little less funny here at home:)  I hope things are going well out in cyberspace today.  I'm still pulling for you! And laughing!   HAVVVVVGFHE!  Melody




Julie (the mom and my daughter)



Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Bit of Irish Good Wishes

Top o' the mornin' to ya!  It feels good today.  I love the Sabbath Day!  Although it is another busy one for Mel and I.  He is off at bishopric meeting, being a good ward clerk.  I think he has been the ward clerk since we first moved here, except for a brief interlude where he was the High Priest group leader. He says he will have to be the ward clerk, until he gets it right.  I am sure he already does it right....except for saying no when they ask him to speak.  He is speaking today...which should be wonderful.  That was actually his major in college at BYU when I met him.  He gives good talks!
And I am also on the spot a little, as the choir sings today.  It will be the first time since I am the ward choir leader.  I hope I can keep the beat!  And I am serious about this.  It is a tricky song....3/4 time except for an occasional 4/4 measure thrown in.  I think my biggest problem is being able to see the music.  But it will all be over soon, as life just keeps speeding on by.  I can't believe it is already the 21st!  It seems to me like October only started yesterday.  And then I wonder what I have done with all of that time.  It's good I blog, or I really would have no idea.  And it's good I am going to school.  I keep forming new neuro pathways.   So that should ward off the forgetfulness to a certain degree.  I read an article lately about a man who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's, but they didn't know it until after he died and they did an autopsy.  I think he was a mathematician, and he was always solving problems, so that he kept his brain alive.  Or maybe he was a musician....see?  It is bad!
Oh well, come what may...I will just do my best.
Did I mention that the Boise temple is reopening?  Yes, they are having open house for the next few weeks.  Then on the 17th of November is the dedication (or maybe the 27th:).  It will be so nice to have a temple again.  I have really missed it!
Well, I had better scoot.  I am sending best wishes for a wonderful day to you out in cyberspace.  I hope you know I mean that.  I am still pulling for you!  Have a most wonderful and joyous day!  And here is an Irish blessing for good luck today.
May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!


TTTL     Melody

Saturday, October 20, 2012

To Hailey and her Mommy!

Well, that comment from you Hailey, made my day!  You too of course Amy.  So here is the progress I have made today.  Since you like it so much:)  This one of Rumpelstiltskin is just an experiment.  It is acrylic, done in layers.  It is how my illustration teacher paints...sort of.  He is sooooo much better at it!
I am not sure I even like it.  But, like I said, I am just trying it out.  I think I will take this much in and show it to my teacher and see what he suggests.
Then here is your very own super granny!  Ha, ha!  I tried to make it look like I am a superhero.  It is a little off, I can never make these self portraits actually look like me.  But I had fun with it.  I remeasured everything in the face and did a little correcting, so it looks different from yesterday.
So thanks for the sweet comments!  I always love to hear from my Hailey and her mommy!  And yes, definitely, I would love some cookies!!!  You make the best!  I hope you have a lovely evening!
And to all the rest of you out in cyberspace......HAVVVVVVGW!  Melody (Grandma Weyerman)


Friday, October 19, 2012

Guten Tag!

Good day!  I am taking a break from homework.  I have been working on Rumpelstiltskin this morning.  I am enjoying it kind of.  I like the face, and I am sure I will get the detail going on the rest of the picture, but he has a lot of work still.  Anyway, Julie, here is old Rumpy.  I wouldn't share him just yet if you hadn't asked.  It really bothers me to share before I have him done.  I outlined things so that I could email him to my professor and get some input.  So that is why there is so much dark outline.
I also have been working on my self portrait.  I know it doesn't look like me.  But I kind of like this one.  We were supposed to include a hand and to give it meaning.  So here is mine.  It is good to post it because it looks so different on here and gives me some clues as to how to fix things.
Anyway, I am tired so I probably will quit drawing for today.  I think I have put in a good work day.  Tomorrow is a good day to get it all finished.  Actually I would rather drive up to Crouch and swim in the hot pool up there.  I need a break from the same stuff...over and over and over.
I hope things are good for you out in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Silken Threads

Good evening!  I had a rather interesting day today.  I found out that my date for registering for classes had been scheduled for January 14, 2013.  That would have meant no school, as everything is filled up by then.  So I walked on over to the admin. building to discuss things.  It seems that they have decided to put seniors who use the discount for school last in line.  In other words, they are doing away with the program because there is virtually nothing left to register for.  It made me feel like I was being thrown out of school!  But I called Mel.  I am so glad for his cool reasoning.  He said, "Look, you have had a really swell deal up until now.  Just waive the senior discount and I am sure they will put you ahead in line."  And he was right.  I now register on October 29th....a bit earlier.  I will have to pay full fees, but like he said, I have had a real bargain up until now.  So I will just count my blessings, and graduate with one major instead of two.  I was going to major in illustration along with a BFAin painting and drawing.  But I will just major in illustration now.  I will graduate after two more semesters I think.  Kinda weird.  But do able....is that a word?   It looks funny!
Anyway, I guess I can live with this now.  I was all ready to write letters to the editor on this one.  But from a calmer perspective, I suppose the university is feeling the economic crunch like the rest of the country.  It bothers me that art comes last on their list, but it is Idaho.  I don't suppose there are enough people in this state to really support the arts.  People who are successful here sell their stuff mostly out of state.
Well, that is my ranting bit of discouragement for today.  Other than that, I had a pretty good day.  My critique in drawing went as well as could be expected.  Actually it was good, because now I know what to do to finish my dream drawing.  The rest of things were all handed in today as a portfolio.  And in ceramics class I put glaze on my small pot.  That was kind of focused and helped me get over the stress of the morning.
Oh, I have discovered an artist that I am going to try to imitate for Rumpelstiltskin.....Jean Baptiste Monge.  His work is delightful.  It actually made me cry...although the last month feels like everything is making me cry. Anyway....his work is beautiful!  It really is the kind of stuff I would love to be drawing....little elves and animals.  Pay close attention to where the thread is coming from to thread the needle.  I love little details of surprise in a painting!  Don't you love the detail?  Here is the one that made me cry....maybe it's the music.  It's a youtube video of him painting.Bunny
Anyway, it is a big challenge, but I think I can do this with enough practice.
So I am going to go put my feet up for this evening.  Tomorrow I may start drawing interesting little men:)  Take care!  I am still pulling for you!  And smiling!!!  HAVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

Singing Away Again

Hi ho!  It's off to school I go!  Just wanted to wish a happy day to cyberspace and the great beyond!  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Evening News

Guten Tag!  It's been a good day today.  I like the cooler weather, and I am home from school.  I really like school.....but I love home.  I guess I haven't been here enough lately.
And I have a couple of pictures to share.  The first is my puppet drawing....you know the one I have been getting such nice compliments on from my teacher.  You may not agree with her that I have a delicate way of using charcoal.  But I like the positive reinforcement....and I know I work really hard for her class.
 This one is also for her class....the dreamer picture.  This is the one I forgot to bring the images for last class.  It is due tomorrow.  So this is my finished product so far.  But I think after the critique I will probably change it to improve things.  I know that I need to lighten things up in the dream part, I'm just not real sure how to go about that.  Anyway, here it is.


I should have done this earlier.  I can see things so much clearer on here.  Oh well, I am done for today. I have to pace myself or I will regret it.  I can see that I need to make the dog clearer in the right front, and the table needs to recede.  Maybe I can get some help on these things.
The sign downtown was a little funny...."Patience - wait control."  I have not felt too patient with myself lately.  But I am trying.
So I guess that is my day....classes and drawing and not much news.  Maybe that is a good thing.  I hope things are wonderful and inspired in your part of cyberspace tonight.  Take care, keep smiling, and remember I am still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

P.S.

Hi!  I remembered, with a little help from Mel what the funny story was.  Mary Ellen was talking about how very wealthy we are in this country compared to some other countries, and how her friend in Africa would not know how to spend the amount of money any of us make here.  Then she said that she thought sometimes the song should go, "Because I have been given much...I've got a lot".  How funny, but sadly, how true.  The name of the book is, Happiness by Mary Ellen Edmonds.  I highly recommend it!  It is a fun read.  So.....Nighty Night!  Melody

Forgettable.....:)

Hola!  What a day!  It started out great.  But then when I got into my first class I realized with a horrible shock, that I had left my homework on my desk at home.  Not good!  It is too far to drive back, so I phoned Mel and he emailed images to me.  It took about 40 minutes though, so I missed quite a bit of class.  My teacher was very understanding, but it made me feel like I am really getting forgetful.  I was so certain I had put that binder into my back pack!!!  Oh well.  I got through that crisis, and then I felt kind of exhausted!  Luckily my next class was a guest artist....David Regan....a ceramicist from U of Montana.  He was really interesting.  He showed a bunch of slides of his work, and then he demonstrated by making a beautiful deer.  He hasn't finished it yet, but I will probably miss tomorrow's demo as I have classes then.  He does a lot of unique kind of things.  Here is a link  Images of David Regan and a picture of my favorite sculpture.
It is called "Daydreams of a Housewife".  He has painted different scenes on each of the dishes of things he felt a woman might daydream about while doing the dishes....Niagara Falls, Little House on the Prairie, a young mother with twins, and other things.  It was so interesting!  I like it when we have visiting artists!
So I am back home, and I still think this is the best place to be!  I have a lot to do here...dishes and laundry always, but also some homework still.  I need to continue with Rumpelstiltskin, and finish my dream drawing.  That is the one I lost so much time on in class today.
Well, I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!!!  Keep smiling.  I am, though I will admit it was a little hard this morning.  Mel has been reading a book of mine about being happy by Mary Ellen Edmonds.  He keeps reading me snippets.  Last night he made me laugh right out loud with one of them.  I'll have to ask him what it was, cuz I can't remember off the top of my head.  But she has a funny way of looking at life.  Maybe I will add it on here later this evening.  In the meantime....HAVVVVVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

Good wishes for a lovely day!  Gotta run!  Me

Monday, October 15, 2012

Big and Clomping!

Happy Family Night!  We listened to two talks by Bro. Eyring.  He is so amazing.  I love that he made bread boards for his daughters and grow boards for his sons.  And that he carved inspiring symbols on them.  It made me think, "What did we do to inspire our kids?"  And I suppose we did lots of things.  Mostly we read scriptures and prayed together.  Those seem like warm times now, but I remember it was hard to get started, and harder to stay committed.  But somehow over the years we did.
Well, I have wonderful news!  I finally have an approved thumbnail sketch for Rumpelstiltskin.  So that is good.  Now I can begin to make a real picture.  And I hope I can find pleasure in this.  I have a few ideas that I think will work.
And I got back my grades for my portfolio in my figure drawing class today, and I have an A or A- depending on how this teacher views things.  So that is good.  I can stop stressing....hahahahaha!
I was talking to my sister Joy about how ridiculous I get about grades, and she admitted she is the same.  Perhaps it comes from having school teachers for parents.  We were always expected to do our very best.  Not a bad thing I know, but tiring!  I just finished my roughs for my dream drawing background that are due for my drawing class.  Tomorrow we get to draw them in.  That makes me nervous, but I suppose I can do this without goofing things up.  I really like this drawing, so I think I may be too invested.  Oh well.
I thought I would share the sign downtown with you....here goes....are you ready?  "Boasting - the pitter patter of little feats".  That made me laugh.  It sounds like my blog:) But it also makes me think of an embarrassing moment in a talk I gave in church....it was before I was married.  Mel and I were dating pretty steadily at the time.  The topic I was given was something about my hopes for the future.  Anyway, I said something about how I hoped that someday I would have the pitter patter of feet in my house.....then I thought about that and added....little feet.  Everyone started laughing...I guess imagining big, clomping feet.  But I mistook it for me suggesting that Mel and I would someday be married and have children, so I said something dumb, like,"I can see Mel blushing back there in the audience".  It just made things worse!  Anyway, I have never been very good with talks, and that may have been the icing on the cake.  I didn't talk for quite a while after that!
Well, I hope all is well out in cyberspace tonight.  And that you are smiling....imagining big, clomping feet!  It makes me smile.  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVVVVVGFHE!  Melody

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Shalom!

Good Sabbath Evening!  I am so glad for Sunday....although today was pretty busy.  I started out early with choir practice.  We had quite a few women turn out, but only two men...  Mel and my next door neighbor:)  There were three more men that were out of town that usually come, so hopefully they will all come next week.  We are singing for Sacrament meeting.  I think it will all turn out OK.  One of the women who came said she thought being the choir leader was a hard calling because you have to ask people to leave their comfort zone to come to choir.  I guess that is true.  I grew up with a father that was often leading the ward choir, so we always went.  It is a part of my comfort zone.  Although I must admit I felt a little nervous today!

Then I gave my lesson in Relief Society on the Word of Wisdom.  I shared with them my story of our band trip to Disneyland back in '66, and how I was offered a tiperillo (a funny little cigar).  It seems funny now, but I remember being glad for the Word of Wisdom back then, knowing that I couldn't accept the offer...and knowing that I didn't want to.  I never was tempted much by tobacco or alcohol, or even coffee.  And one of the reasons was being taught young that they were not good for my health.  I am grateful for revealed truth.
In Sunday school we talked about the sermon Jesus Christ gave in the Book of Mormon at His appearance to the people on this continent.  It is so beautiful!  I love reading the words of Christ.  They always give me hope and comfort.  Here is a link if you would like to read.  Words of Christ
I have my homework done for tomorrow.  However I think I may get up early and redo my self portrait.  We were supposed to draw a larger than life portrait of a part of our face.  Looking at it now I realize I have not measured well.  So I think I will start again in the early morning.  Yeah, I should probably just let it go, but I hate shoddy work, and it definitely is.
The other thing I am bothered by is the thumbnail sketches I have done.  I have done enough now that I wish I had never heard of Rumpelstiltskin, and I no longer wish to draw him.  Funny, huh?  But I think I will get past that, and then it will be fun and challenging again....at least I hope so.  I keep thinking of conference and realizing I have nothing to be sad about.  Things will all work out....right?  It's all in the perspective you have.  I am trying to keep mine positive!
Well, I am going to say good night.  I hope things are wonderful and happy in cyberspace this evening. I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Take care and keep smiling!!!  I am smiling from this side of things.  HAVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Friday, October 12, 2012

Nightcap

Good evening!  I am having a hard day today.  I am not sure why, but I suspect it has to do with too much to do.  I am beginning to anticipate choir practice and my lesson this Sunday.  And I have another self portrait due and more thumbnails of Rumpelstiltskin on Monday.  Today I spent finishing up my portfolio for my drawing class that is due on Thursday.  It feels good to have that mostly done.  My sister is feeling the crunch of midterm too, so I guess I am not alone in this.  But I am not sure why my spirits are down.  I seem to be missing Tommy a great deal.  That usually means I am exhausted.  So I will try to get some sleep tonight.
Oh, I know one thing that surprised me....and made me kind of upset with myself.  I got another ticket! That is two in one week....same reason.  I forgot to display my parking permit.  I guess I will have to tape it up or something.  I can't afford to get tickets!
Well, I guess that is about it.  I would post a picture of my pictures today, but all I drew were chairs...not too interesting.  But good for sighting and measuring and all of that.  I do think this helps my perspective.  Now if I can learn to do thumbnails, I will be set!  I hope things are well in your section of cyberspace this evening.  Take care and keep smiling.  I am trying!  HAVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Practice makes perfect!

Good morning!  I thought I would share the picture I am currently working on.  It is a dream picture, but so far I have only drawn the dreamer.  One of the girls in my class posed for this for the rest of us.  I kind of like it.  Now I just have to come up with the dream.  So far I have an old '49 Delahaye, a snake, some people jumping into a river and a weird kitchen scene.  I will share that when I figure out how to put it all together.
The dreamer

Where she is on the page

Today feels lazy since my morning class was canceled.  I didn't have to drive for 40 minutes before I could start drawing.  I can see some advantages to online classes....except I kinda like a hands on instructor.  I still have ceramics today.  But it is fun right now using the wheel.  I am getting better each time.  Everyone says it takes practice....so what is new about that?  Everything in art takes practice!
Well, I hope all is going well in your world today.  I'd better get back to practicing:)  I hope you have a grrrrrrreat wan!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday Night

Good evening!  Today has been a good day....at least that is what I am telling myself.  I went to the Wednesday class for illustration...I am only required to go to the Monday class.  It was fun to see the people in there.  They have all been in other classes at one time or another.  But I did feel kinda out classed, as they are also better at illustration!  But no worries, my teacher was super helpful, and now I think I can go forward with the thumbnail sketches.  I don't know why they are so hard for me.  But he said I would get better with practice.  So I plan to practice!  I think my life sketches are definitely getting better.  As we were in class I sketched a few of the people in there, and they kinda look like the actual people.  That is progress.  And it was fun to see what other people are tackling.  Quite a few people use computers exclusively for their artwork.  It is cool, but not appealing to me.  I love the feel of a pen or pencil or brush in my hand.  Keyboards are not the same!  Maybe a tablet would be fun.  I haven't tried that yet.  Maybe I would like it.
When I came out of my class I found a $40 ticket on my windshield!  I had forgotten to display my parking permit.  So  I ran around about that.  I hope they forgive me the fine.
In my life drawing class we did more drawings using bone markers.....bones that protrude from the body....elbows, knees, shoulders, etc.  It seems to me like I have always used those to draw, but oh well.  I am just doing what they tell me at this stage.  I do think I am getting a little better though.  We had to turn in our portfolio today, and so I was looking over what I had started doing to what I am drawing now.  And I could tell a big difference.  I think this class is teaching me a lot about figure drawing.
Then I stopped to see Liz and her boys.  They all seemed happy.  And the boys are growing and so cute!  Taylor is in 4th grade!  That seems impossible.  He was excited to see me, which makes me feel great of course.  Gabe was also glad to see me.  He seems to be much more in control of himself these days.  I remember when he lived here and used to climb out the window whenever we looked the other way!  He was kind of an escape artist.  These days he is a lego artist.  He brought me his latest invention and it was impressive....some kind of space vehicle that can capture other space vehicles.  He told me he wanted to own a lego store when he is grown up.  He has things all planned.  He probably will end up owning the lego company.  He is soooo smart!!   Alex was walking and smiling!  He is a joy for sure.  Adrian is still working for Mel, and doing well, so that is all good.
Well, I am going to make dinner and maybe put my feet up.  I hope things are going well for you out in cyberspace today.  Take care and keep that smile going!  I am smiling from my side of things!   HAVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Reflections

Good evening!  It has been another very long day.  But I feel pretty rested tonight, so no problem.  I have two small stories to share tonight.  One from last night's family night.  I was about to leave last night, but I always like to walk down Jodell's hallway and look at all of the beautiful watercolor paintings her father did.  They are amazing, and I realize why BYU-I has such a good art department.  Anyway, I was looking at them, and then turned the corner to go into the kitchen, when what did I see?  My own little watercolor that I had given Jodell for her birthday.  It made me feel quite special to be in such good company!  So I told her husband Bob, and he said, "Yeah, we had to find a really inconspicuous place for it!"  Then he laughed of course.  He is a bit of a tease.
The other story is from my drawing class this morning.  We are doing a dream drawing at the moment.  I have never done anything like this before, and so I am feeling very out of my element.  We are supposed to be sketching the dream right now from various pictures.  I was having quite a difficult time figuring out how to make it look dream like.  Then my teacher came by and asked how I was doing.  I told her I was having some trouble.  So, she pulled up a chair and visited with me and instructed me on how to do what I was trying to do.  She probably took a half an hour explaining composition to me.  What a great teacher she is!!  I am so grateful for her instruction.  It really is helpful, and I know I am learning tons in her class.  It really does help to have a teacher who is anxious to teach!!!  Not that my other teachers aren't teaching....they are.  But she is just super good at it!
Well, I am tired and I still have a few more things to do before bed.  I hope things are going well for you out in cyberspace.   I am going to share a picture I took from the restaurant in Antioch.  I thought the sky was especially beautiful, and then I was able to catch the reflection in the window.  You'll see what I mean I think.  I hope you have a lovely night!!!  TTTT!!!  Melody


Monday, October 8, 2012

FHE.....Yay!

Wow!  I am soooo done!  What a day, what a day.  And it's not over yet.  We have a family night with the empty nester's in our ward.  I am looking forward to it, just kinda tired.  No, more than kinda.
So I promised a good story from our trip back yesterday.  It is more of a guess how old I am story, but here goes.  Mel drove us to Truckee where we stopped for lunch.  I think I was feeling a little distracted by undone homework due today, so I was busily sketching people in the restaurant....kinda in the zone, you know.  Anyway it was time to hit the road again and it was my turn to drive...which I did, gladly.  I enjoy driving.  Anyway, Mel dozed off, and Joy and I got to talking and the miles just zipped on by...until the gas light came on and the dinger went off....low fuel!  Mel woke up about this time and said, "You were supposed to get gas in Reno!"  I was?  Oh, oh.  Our gas gauge said we had 50 miles left.  How far to Lovelock?  And was there any gas before then?  It was very tense for the next 60 miles!  We all prayed and crossed our fingers and toes.  Luckily Joy had worn her lucky Hawaiian beads.  At any rate about 5 miles out of town the gas gauge was saying zero miles left until empty.  We were all so worried, but somehow we made it into town.  Mel filled up our tank which holds 21 gallons....with 20.8 gallons of fuel.  That was a close call!  I am so glad we didn't have to walk into town!
Then another funny thing.  Joy had all of her stuff in our car, but our house is closer coming from that direction.  So we stopped here and unloaded our stuff, and let her keep the car to go to her house.  Mel said to me, "I will just drive into work with you since my truck is there already."  So this morning we got up and got ready, then I drove him into work on my way to school.....but the truck was not there!  Oh no, did someone steal it?  Ha, ha!  Nope, it was back at home!  We had forgotten to look or we would have known that.  He drove it home last week for some reason and had forgotten.  This old age forgetful stuff is a little scary, huh?
Anyway, I will post a few things for your entertainment.  I hope you have a wonderful family night!  Melody
My final self portrait - well I will probably
 refine this some more


This one is funny!   Mel looks more like Mr. Rogers!

Kenny, Mel and Joy

People in the restaurant



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Home again, home again! Jiggity Jig!

Good evening!  We are home!!!!  And safe, which is a good thing.  We were right behind an accident this morning near Sunol.  So it feels good to be so protected.  And there really is no place like home!  Our house is still a little chilly though.  The night time temps here have gone below freezing the last few nights.  It will soon be warm though....thank goodness for a working heater!
Well, there is lots to tell, but I am soooooo tired.  So it will have to wait.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!  I'm still pulling for you!  Sleep tight!  Me
G'mornin'!  Headed back!  And I gotta go:)  HAVVVVVVGW!  Me

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fremont

Gute Nacht!  We are here in sunny California, staying with our son.  It is fun to be a part of his world for a couple of days.
I had some time to draw on the way here...nothing much, but it was good practice.  Tomorrow we are packing up Joy's stuff then we will head back on Sunday.  I hope we can find conference on the radio.  I could use some good counsel!
Well, I hope things are good in cyberspace today.  Take care.  And HAVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gute Nacht

Hola!  I am struggling with getting my self portrait done.  I finally have a person drawn....not anyone that looks especially like me, but a person.  Now I am supposed to come up with an environment.  Not happening!  This will have to wait til Monday before class.  I am just tooooooo tired.  We aren't supposed to just make something up.  But we can use a photo if we want.  Ho hum.  I think I need some sleep.  Here's a bad photo of my bad portrait:)  That should keep you smiling for quite a while!!!
I did get my big pot finished for ceramics, and turned in my notebook.  I am going to take my Rumpelstiltskin sketches with us on our quick trip.  Maybe I will come up with something wonderful from all of the boredom of driving across the desert.  Greg Manchess wrote a wonderful article about coming up with a final sketch on Muddy Colors.  So I copied it, and I'm taking it along for inspiration.  I hope it helps.
Well, sorry I am slow writing today.  It has been rather busy.  But I am still pulling for you!!!  Take care and keep smiling!  And  HAVVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday

Good morning!  I am racing!  We decided we are going to get my sister's stuff from California this weekend.  Which means all of my homework must be done today!!!  So I am racing to get all of the things done around here that I need to do.  The main thing is my self portrait.  And then I will go into school and work on my large vase.  I think I can take Rumplestiltskin and do him in the car.  All else will probably have to wait til next week.  I think I can get this all done.  I hope!!!
So not much else to write about since all I can think about is being speedy.  I hope life is great out in the great beyond of cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Evening Update

Howdy!  What a day!  I am covered in wet clay!  I told my teacher I will not wear black pants anymore to class!  I am having fun and some success in there now.  I have learned to center the clay and to make cylinder pots.  Ha, ha!  I don't know what good this will do me, but it is lots of fun.  I like being messy I guess.  It reminds me of kindergarten.  Except we don't have to get in line to wash our hands...remember that?  We had to put our hands together like we were praying so that we wouldn't get other things and children messy....especially when we were fingerpainting.  I get so messy now, it makes kindergarten seem tame.   This morning we did charcoal drawings with black, red and white chalks, on brown paper.  It is really quite interesting.  But I managed to get quite messy doing that too.  It's a good thing I am washable!!!
I am feeling so tired that the inside of my head is making sounds, kind of like a sustained high pitched cricket.   Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....constantly.  I know I need sleep when my head does this.  I thought I got enough rest last night, but I think school is pretty demanding right now.  There is a rush to get all of our projects done by next week.  It must be some kind of marker for the teachers, because they all seem to be on the same schedule.
Tomorrow my teacher for life drawing is going out of town, so I have no classes.  I think I will still go into school so I can work on things there.  I have a lot to do that I can only do there....at the school.  Like a certain chair I am supposed to draw for my drawing class that is in that room.  It makes it hard because that room is used a lot.  And a pot for my ceramics class that needs work.  And I could work on my self portrait at school too.  Aaaack!
Tonight I am going to take it easy I think....eat dinner and rest!  And maybe watch a little TV.  It sounds nice.  I hope you're having a nice evening!  Talk to ya later!  Melody

Tuesday (helping you keep track)

Good morning!  I am off and running again.  Just had to send a happy hello out to cyberspace!  Keep up the good work!  And keep smiling!!!!  And HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday night!

Good evening!  And happy October!  Can you believe it is already here?  All the stores are selling pumpkins and Halloween costumes, and it is still 80 plus degrees!  It is supposed to cool off though by the end of the week.  I will miss the lovely warm Indian summer days!  Today was such a perfect day....beautiful warm weather with a slight breeze.  I love that.  I love this time of year.
Today in school I learned that my Rumpelstiltskin picture needs a more interesting composition.  I knew that, but I didn't know how to do it.  My instructor gave me lots of good ideas.  So I will start on that soon.  But not tonight.  I am a little too tired.  We had quite a workout in my life drawing class.  We had to draw proportions first by head lengths, and then by cubits.  It was fun trying to get it all figured out.  I did pretty good with the head lengths, but the cubits were more confusing.  I will have to study that some more.  A cubit is the length from your elbow to the tips of your fingers.  There are quite a few rules that go with that.  I got a few good comments on my self portrait.  But there were a few portraits in there that were really good.  I will just have to keep working hard until I get this.  This weekend we are supposed to draw a standing pose of ourselves.  We can include a photograph for the background environment.  I told my daughter I might dress up in a snowsuit and put in a background of snow!  I think it will be hard whatever.  But I can see that I am improving, so it is good to keep at it.
After classes I met my sister Joy and my daughter Kim and we all went swimming for about an hour.  It sure felt good.  I have been avoiding this with all of the wedding preparations.  But I need to get back to exercising!  So it was a good start.
Tomorrow more drawing and ceramics, and then Wednesday I have no classes.  I am thinking I will use that day to catch up in my classes.  It is hard to keep up with all of the homework.  It is constant!  But I am enjoying it all.  My sister agrees that it's all consuming!  I think she is a little surprised by this.  But she is also enjoying the stimulation of learning new things.  It really is pretty fun.
Oh, something cool that she just got.....bifocal type of contacts for people who have astigmatism.  They are brand new....only two months on the market.  They are called Duets.  I tried to find them on the internet with no luck.  Joy says they are fantastic though....she can read textbooks with them in and see far away too, although it has taken a couple of weeks for her eyes to adjust.  I guess your brain has to figure it out or something.  Anyway, I am always interested in things that make life better.
Well, I am hoping your day went well in cyberspace today.  Have a lovely family night!  I'm still pulling for you!   TTTT  Melody