Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy, Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  I found this little collage on Liz Lemon Swindle's website.  I really like it.  So I thought I would share.  I think she is quite a good artist, and I love how she paints skin.  I met her one year at Women's Conference.  I am sure she doesn't remember me, but I was excited to meet her after admiring her work for so many years.
I really like these paintings she has done with Christ and African children.  Here is another one.
But I cannot go through a day of Easter without viewing the work of Carl Bloch.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  The second one, Jairus' Daughter,  made me cry when I first saw it at the BYU Carl Bloch exhibit.  It strikes pretty close to home I guess, and is an expression of my faith in Christ.  I know what it is  to sit at the bed of your own child who has died.  And the hope that is in the door in the form of the Savior is my hope too.  I believe in Christ, I hope in Christ, and I testify that He lives!
I hope that where ever you are in cyberspace that His message is available to you.  He is truly the light and life of the world!  Have a most wonderful Easter!!!  Melody

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Days!

Caleb and his daddy...newly confirmed and still wet!
Good afternoon!  I have to say this has been a very wonderful pre-Easter day.  I have been able to be with grandchildren...and children too of course.  And I got a lovely and very funny note from my granddaughter Hailey as a comment on my last post.  So I am feeling very loved and appreciated.
Julie's family singing for the baptism
Jacob....growing taller and now a new deacon!
My oldest daughter Michelle...still beautiful!
Julie...also still beautiful!

I have to add that it helps to visit See's....sorry, it just does.  I guess I am not going to break my addiction to chocolate anytime soon.  But maybe I can make it a once in a while once or twice a year.  I am happy to report that I haven't had any See's candy since before Christmas.  But I have had chocolate, so maybe I should just keep quiet about this;)
I have to report that the sign downtown was funny here goes.   "Mathematician....a sum worshipper."  I like that.
Hunter with Barbara's wig...and me.
I found this and liked it so I thought I would share.
I have almost got all of my images really memorized.  I am still a little unsure of a few dates.  But it is getting better with each flashcard episode.  I am going to work on the essays for a while tonight.  I will just outline them and figure out what I want to write about.  That way it won't be so stressful during the midterm.  I hate that these tests are so subjective.  But that is the way it is, so I will just grin and bare it.
I like that saying.  I always see a little kid grinning and unbeknownst to him...a great big bear standing behind also grinning.  I don't know where my sense of humor comes from.  I wouldn't really want a child to be in a situation like that.  But I like to imagine a cartoon like that....weird, I know.
Well, I guess I will get back to studying.  Hope it's a good day for you today!  Melody
One last beach image.  I am already missing it!!!

Baptism Day

Good morning!  It is another beautiful day here.  It's supposed to reach 70 again.  I like this weather...a lot!!!!!  It makes me think how wondrous Spring is, with it's promise of new life and new beginnings.  There are so many little calves in the pasture down the hill.  I think they are so cute!  And I am glad I am not eating them anymore:)  I guess I have converted to no meat for the most part...although I still like crab...and chicken occasionally.   The food group I can't seem to be without is chocolate!  And cheese.  And butter.  I know, they are OK in small quantities, but it is the small part I am fighting with now.  I made some wonderful caramel popcorn and drizzled it with chocolate...I thought I would eat a handful.  Not so, so I took the rest of it to the high priest's party last night to get it out of the house!!!!
But enough about diet.  I will probably struggle with this for a while.  I do have an appointment with a dietician in a couple of weeks.  I hope she can help!
Today is Caleb's baptism!  He is a sweet grandson, and I am so excited for him!  He is in the middle of Julie's boys, and I think he has to fight for attention.  But he holds his own pretty well.  I love his freckled face and happy smile!  And how lucky for him to be baptized at Easter time!
Caleb.  This obviously was at Halloween.
Well, I've got to go.  We still have to stop at Walmart to pick up a present for him.  Have a most wonderful and joyous day!!!  Don't eat too many peeps...mmmm, roasted over an open fire!  I have to try that one.  Take care and keep smiling out there in cyberspace!  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, March 29, 2013


Good morning!  I hope it is for you!  I am back to studying this morning.  I am putting facts on my voice memo on my iphone.  This seems to be a good way to learn dates, as I can play it over and over as I drive places.  Today I am picking up my sister at the airport.  She stayed in Portland to visit her daughter who is a dance instructor there.  All of my sister's children are marvelous dancers!  Probably because they all grew up dancing.  Her three boys all won scholarships to the American Ballet School in New York.  I guess it is much harder for girls to advance in the world of ballet, but her daughters have done pretty well too.
This morning I woke up with the primary song, "Hinges", in my head...."I'm all made of hinges cuz everything bends...From the top of my head, way down to my ends."  Perhaps I have been thinking of this because my hinges seem a little rusty anymore.  But more probably I have it in my head because it is part of the definition of a tryptych alterpiece...three panels hinged together...blah, blah, blah!  I am glad I am learning this stuff, but it is feeling a little close in my head this morning!  Did you know that a cartoon is...a hand drawn, full scale drawing...used to transfer an image to fresco or textiles through pouncing?  Ha!  Pouncing is the use of a little bag full of carbon dust that is "pounced" on the cartoon which they have put little holes in....spolvero is the term here I hope.  Lots of Italian terms.  My head is spinning!
I hope life is wonderful and inspired in cyberspace today.  I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  Can you hear the drums?  They seem a little closer today as Monday is approaching very quickly!!!  Take care, keep smiling, and have a very, very, very, very great wan!!!!  Melody

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Give me a Break!

Hi!  I guess I am overloaded...can't learn one more image for at least 30 minutes!!!  So I thought I should take a breather.  And where do I end up?  Why here, of course.  Sittin' in front of the 'puter!  I came in here for my notebook.  I thought I would read my notes from class again.  It helps to remember what we have studied.
It just occurred to me today that Sunday is Easter.  I have known it was coming, but it seemed further off for some reason.  It makes me think of funny things....Easter candy mostly.
And that is sad:)  So then I have been thinking about the real meaning of the holiday.  And also how it must have felt to have been a friend of Jesus' and to have been so sad at his crucifixion.
And then how happy it must have felt to discover that He had been resurrected!  I can imagine it would be hard to really believe and accept.  It makes me think of an image of Thomas the apostle that we studied in class.  I can't find it to share.   My teacher explained the story wrong about Thomas in our class.  I didn't think it was my place to correct her.  But she left out the part where he wasn't present when the other apostles saw Him first.  And to me that is the most significant part of the story.  She made it sound like he was present when the Savior appeared to them the first time, and just didn't believe it until he touched Him.  That made me wonder... how many people really know that story anymore?   So here it is from the New Testament, John 20: 19-29:
19 ¶Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.24 ¶But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
 26 ¶And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

And here is the beautiful painting by Carravaggio.  He is one of my favorite painters.  He is a Baroque painter, so we probably will not study him in my Renaissance class.  But I think his painting is incredible!  And the story is so human.  It makes me love Jesus even more that he understands us and loves us anyway.
And so as I study the beautiful paintings of the Renaissance that are so often of Him and His life I am feeling grateful for Him.  He is my Savior!
Well, just had to take a little break.  Hope all is going well!  Keep smiling!!!  Melody


Hola!  I am back to it.  I am working on my homework....mostly studying for my midterm on Monday. But also I expect to paint a little later on today.  I received a couple of new colors in the mail that will make my gold bug shine!  It is funny how obsessed I feel about a silly little painting.  I think about it constantly.  In Poe's story the gold bug is drawn on a piece of parchment, gets wet, and then a skull shows through onto the drawing of the gold bug.  So I am trying to figure out how to do something that incorporates both images.  I just don't know if I have the technical ability to pull it off in acrylic gold paint.  We shall see.
So I promised a little more of the stories from our trip.  And I don't think I can top yesterday's.  But I can tell you that it was way too much driving.  I am really tired.  I think it would be better to fly to Portland and then rent a car to go see my dad.  We shall have to look into that.
Here are a few pictures of the amazing and beautiful artwork I found at Newport beach.

I love sandcastles!  They remind me of the long hours I spent at the beach as a girl.  Those were wonderful times, so relaxed and removed from any care!  Do you like the mixed media of this one?  Sand, and rocks, and driftwood.  I think it is really cool.  Especially the moat!  We watched a special on crocodiles the other night.  Did they really put those in moats?  Or was that just a myth I heard as a girl?  I suppose I will have to look that up...after I study the Renaissance!  But they are really big and scary!!!! I wouldn't want to swim anywhere there might be crocodiles!

Mel recorded a wonderful video of my dad telling the story of his grandpa.  It is on his phone though.  I will try to upload it to youtube tonight when he gets home.  The car that my grandpa drove through the back of his garage was a Saxon.  Here's a picture from the internet...not my grandpa in it.  From what I can tell it may have cost him a whole lot of money....$800!  And I suppose that was a lot of money in the 1920's.  I am very glad I didn't have to drive to Portland in it!!

Driving up the coast we stopped at Seal Rock and took a few photos, rested our legs and watched the water on the rocks.  It is a beautiful spot.  I am kind of mixing up the chronology of our trip.  But no matter.  I took a few pictures of the sun setting behind the fog in Newport.  I like how the light reflects in the water.
I'd better get to my studies.  I hope this is a lovely day in cyberspace!  Take care, keep smiling and remember I am pulling for you!  And HAVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Am I dancing or conducting?  Hmmmmm.  Maybe just being my silly self!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy, happy!

 Howdy!  We're home and I have my wonderful computer here and so I can write!!  I have missed being able to write all that I feel like writing.  It is hard to get more than a couple of sentences on my iphone, and then I get a message that my carrier is not supported and it may do strange things!  A funny message to be sure.
Anyway, I thought I would write for a while and share some of the highlights of our trip.  We started Saturday morning and drove to Sutherlin with my dearest daddy so that he could be with his sweetheart, Barbara.  They have been married now for 7 1/2 years and are very happy together.  But Barb was so sick and needed to be by her family in Oregon.   The trip was scary for her, and so she went with her daughters and a son-in-law in a HUGE motorhome with large tanks of oxygen.  My dad stayed behind to pack things and to put things in order, since it is not certain when he will be back.  Mel and I and Joy accompanied him.  As you can see he made it, and they are happily reunited.  That makes me feel good, though I will miss them both terribly.  But, there is a rather interesting bright side to all of this...which I will get to shortly.
After saying our good byes on Monday morning, we headed up the coast where we spent some time on the beach.  Joy and I danced and took photos, Mel wandered around and found a jump rope to play with.

 We had lots of fun.  We stayed overnight in Newport, which is a pretty little town with a great beach.  I took a whole bunch of closeup photos of shells and plants on the beach.  I plan to make some sort of photo collage with them.  I will do that this summer if I can find some time to have photo fun!

Internet Picture of Depoe Bay
Now for the interesting and fascinating story part.  As we were driving through the little beach town of Depoe Bay we saw this area with homes that jutted out on the ocean cliffs.  Mel said, "Would you like to go exploring?"  I said, "Of course!"  So we turned left on a street that looked like it might take us out to the edge of the cliff.  There was a row of houses, and not much of a view.  So when we saw a space with a bench, Joy and I hopped out of the car to go explore.  Unfortunately it was private land and we were asked politely to please move on.  So Mel was turning the car around, but I asked him if he would mind if we just walked a ways further up the street.  Anyway, Joy and I started walking and saw a sweet looking lady with a hand carved walking stick out in her driveway.  I asked her if she liked living so close to the ocean and she said that she loved it.  I asked if there was a lot of up keep on a house so close to the water.  She said not usually, unless the wind got really bad.  She asked us where we were from and the conversation went on for a few minutes.  Then she asked if we would like to come inside and see her view.  She said it was so very fantastic and she thought we would love to see it.  She was right, although I told her I did not want to intrude on her day.  She laughed and said she needed a little company.  So we followed her inside her home, which seemed modest...until we entered the door from the garage.  To our surprise and her delight....the whole back and side walls of her home were large picture windows...looking out on the edge of the cliff.  I think they were as close as you could be and still not fall in the ocean.  We were exclaiming how very beautiful it was, and so then she had to get some photos she had of the ocean during a particularly wonderful storm.  As she left to get them I noticed a picture of Jesus on the wall.  It was the one they use in Sunday School...I think by Simon Dewey.  When she came back in the room I said that I had noticed the picture and I asked if she was LDS.  Well, yes, she was!  So we told her we were too.  She got very excited about that.  Then she shared her photos of her husband "conducting" the huge ocean waves behind her house.  They really were amazing.  She also had pictures of the whales that come in close there.  Apparently they have a bed of krill or something there that the whales love.
This is another picture from the internet of a whale at Depoe Bay
Ok, so this is the best part.  She asked where we were staying, and we told her we were headed home.  She said, "Well, if you ever need a place to stay by the ocean, we would love to have you here."  She said that they can't advertise rentals because it is in the homeowner's covenants.  But they can invite people to stay.  She said that if we would like to come sometime when they were visiting their grandkids, we would be more than welcome...especially if we wanted to donate towards their taxes:)  Ha, ha!  I loved hearing that.  I guess they are retired and it is hard to manage with this crazy economy, so they have found a way to help pay for things. I took a few pictures from the balcony upstairs.  This is amazingly beautiful, I think.
Looking left
The pictures go from left to right if you were to line them up.  Her husband was clearing old bushes and had missionaries over helping to burn stuff.  The other thing I noticed that she had was beautiful art all over the walls.  She had some by Liz Lemon Swindle that I thought were especially nice.  She said that they had been on a mission to South Africa and so that the people there were especially dear to them.  I told her we had two little granddaughters from Ghana, and we had another common bond.  She insisted that we tour the house.  In one of the bedrooms she had a lot of ancestor photos hanging on the wall.  She said she was from a large family.  Her uncle was LeGrand Richards...had we heard of him?  Ha, ha!  I told her I had been privileged to speak in stake conference with him many, many years ago, as a youth speaker.  We had so much fun visiting!  Anyway, it is once again a very small world.  I may be returning to Depoe Bay!
Isn't life interesting?  I think that was such a funny thing to have happen.  I really enjoyed visiting with her.  I also took a picture of the Liz Lemon Swindle picture she had hanging up in her hall.  I will include that at the end.

Well, I guess that is plenty to tell for one post.  I could write more, but I will fill you in on the restaurants tomorrow:)  I hope life is happy and inspired out in cyberspace today!  Keep smiling!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!  Melody
P.S.  Signing off reminded me that I saw the original Pink Panther movie last night at our motel.  I had forgotten how funny Peter Sellers is.  He is much more subtle and perhaps uses a little more finesse in his portrayal of Inspector Clouseau.  I don't think he had any trouble with his American pronunciations like Steve Martin did.  I guess I like them both for their very funny interpretations of a similar role.  And you may quote me:)  Here is a funny link to Steve Martin trying to learn to say "hamburger" with an American accent.  Hamburger

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I saw big horned mountain sheep today!!!!!!

Pendleton is the home of the Pendleton woolen mills and a good stop for weary travelers. Do I sound like a travel brochure?  Just wait !  Tomorrow I will have access to my own computer and you may tire from all the travel info I have acquired in just a few days. But tonight I think I will soak in a hot tub and enjoy the last night of our short trip. So here's a hardy hello to all in cyberspace and good wishes. Adios!  Melody

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hangin' in Yachats

We are in Yachats, Oregon sitting in a tiny seafood restaurant with wifi. It looks like the food must be good. No parking and a line going out the door. It is called Luna's sea fish house. I ordered crab but they were all out. So I am getting Tiger Prawns...yum!  It has been a fun drive so far. The day is kind of gray. But the ocean is spectacular.   Time to eat!  HAVGW!  Melody

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Still here!

Hi!  I don't know if this will post. We are enjoying our Spring break in Oregon. It's green here!  I am always amazed at how many plants seem to thrive with enough water.
We enjoyed attending church here this morning. It seems where ever we go we run into people we know or who know people we know. This morning we met a man from Nampa, Idaho living here. He has daughters that still live in Nampa. And we only visited with a few people.
Tomorrow we are traveling up the coast. I am hoping to get more ocean pictures. And to dance on the beach. I love that we can take a few days to relax and enjoy the beauties of the earth.
It is a wondrous and amazing life!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Excursiones de un día

Good morning!  Here's a wish for a happy day!  We are starting off on our adventure.  I keep thinking....14!  Wow!! HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!   Melody

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's a Wonderful Life!

Good morning!  We had an exciting day yesterday!  We had two mission calls in our family!  Amy's son, Bobby, my grandson, received his mission call to the San Juan, Puerto Rico mission.  And my sister, Diane's daughter, Clara, received her mission call to the Uruguay Montevideo mission!  Even though they received their calls on the same day, their departures are a month apart.  Bobby will be leaving in July, and Clara will leave in August.  Both will be speaking Spanish, so that will be fun for them.  They are so happy and excited.  It is good to see.
I am making flash cards for my Renaissance midterm.  I started yesterday evening.  They are a little tedious to make, but I learn a lot making them, and it will be good to have for our trip.  Wow, I am glad I wrote that.  It reminded me I have to board Max.  Anyway, I have a busy day planned.  I see my doctor in the afternoon and we are going out with friends this evening.
Well, I am flabbering away.  I hope things are happy and well in your neck of cyberspace today.  Life is wonderful these days.  I am still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blue Skies Smiling at Me!!!!

Good morning!  It's still a little rainy here, but you can see blue sky peeking though the clouds.  And the earth smells clean again.  I like that about the earth smells afterwards!  I think smell is one of my favorite senses.  That's silly huh?  I love all of my senses.  But smell is very special.  A smell can bring back a memory so clearly....good and bad:)  I like the good ones...cinnamon toast, bacon, coffee (sorry, I don't drink it but it was a strong smell in my grandparents' home), cookies, gardenias, puppies (mostly), kittens, dirt, expensive perfume, towels dried on the line, my grandparents houses , new cars, new houses, old houses, school...just to name a few.  And the cool thing is that somehow in my memory, just thinking about the smell brings back the good associations.  I am grateful for that.
This morning I am fighting a headache.  I didn't sleep well last night, which isn't all that unusual.  But a headache is unusual.  I think I will have to take a nap later.
In the meantime, I am starting my new job today.  Actually it is an old one that I am taking on again.  That is the finance department of Mel's' business.  We hired someone for a while.  She helped quite a bit.  But I like the idea of having my finger in the pie so to speak.  So I will go in once a week to sort through the taxes, payroll and bills.  It is something I can be good at, although I would rather be painting:)
Well, I took a brief recess from this post to visit with my visiting teachers.  They are such fun ladies.  My headache is almost gone!  Maybe I just needed a good visit.  Anyway, I am sending this out into cyberspace with good wishes for a wonderful day!  Take care and keep smiling!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blue Skies Smiling

Good evening!  I did it!  I passed my test!  At least I am pretty sure that I did.  I knew all of the images. I am not sure my essay about why Watteau is considered a rebel by Michael Levy(the author of our text book) was all that wonderful.  But I did my best, and I am done!!!!  That feels very good.  Tonight I am just going to rest. Then tomorrow I will hit the books for my Renaissance midterm.  But that isn't until April 1st. So I have a little time.
I showed my gold bug to my illustration teacher, and his comment was that it was a great first attempt.  Then he gave me some good advice on ways to make it better.  So that feels good, too!  We watched a beautifully illustrated video in class.  It was so well done, and the message is good too about not allowing bullying.  Here's the link if you are interested.  It's about 7 minutes. To This Day 
Now, for the funny moment of my day.  I have about an hour and a half between my illustration class and my Renaissance class, so I rushed over to see my dad and Mel who was over there looking at the roof with a friend who fixes roofs (long boring story).  Anyway, I probably was cutting it close, but it always brightens my day to see Mel.  So I was rushing to get back to school and not be late for my Renaissance class.  I squeaked in about two minutes late as she was taking the roll.  So I felt a little discombobulated.  Then the teacher started talking about the research paper we are supposed to do (Yeah, I know!)  and she was suggesting topics.  I raised my hand and said could we just continue and expand our first assignment.  She asked what I had written it on.  I said I had written about Watteau.  She got a big grin on her face and said, "Oh, you are talking 18th century....and this is Renaissance!"  Ooops.  Another case of "which class is this?"  Oh well.  It's all good.
I am excited to be on Spring Break.  I don't have classes until April 1st!  We are going to take a trip to the ocean for a few days in the interim.  I hope I can really wind down.  I have been pretty wound up with all of the tests and assignments due the last few weeks.  It feels good to have a break.
I hope things are going well in cyberspace.  I think it is a good time to be smiling!  I hope you are!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Laughing Out Loud!

Hi again!  I am taking a break from this thrilling and fun day I am having! Yep, this is fun!  I am filling my head with so much information that I think it might explode!  But I think I have memorized all 24 of the images we are supposed to know.  I have read and studied much of the over 200 pages of information given so far in this class.  I have studied the vocabulary until I think I know what it means...but I am still a little shaky on how well I know this stuff.  Oh well, it will all be over tomorrow about 2:45.  I think that will feel good, no matter how poorly or how well I do.  It is kind of a crap shoot.  Sorry to use that imagery, but it is kind of funny to me.  When I was about 14 or 15 I used to be in an acapella class at Hayward High.  There were lots of fun people in that class!  Two or three of the big black football players sat right behind me, and most every day they would play craps, with dice, on the floor behind my seat.  And they would say, "Come on, roll a 7 for Melody!"  Or  a 2 or whatever they needed to make 21.  At least I think that is how the game is played.  I was pretty young, and very flattered they would include me in their game.  Now it makes me their audacity to play craps in acapella, and my naivety that it was a good thing:)  Oh well, it makes a good story now.  I had kind of a crush on one of them:)  He was about 6'4" and very nice looking, but he was a senior and had a girlfriend already.  Funny recollections!
Well, I guess I will get back to my studying.  I still haven't written sample essays.  I suppose that is next.  Or not.  We shall see how much of this I can stand.  I keep hoping Mel will come home so that I have an excuse to stop studying.  But he is working late a lot, trying to keep up with things.  I wonder how he does it.  It is harder work than I am doing!
Well, here's hoping things are wonderful, inspired and fun (that's the key word!) out in cyberspace this evening.  Take care, keep smiling, and remember I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!  Melody
My head...on the verge of exploding with so much information!

Day of Study!

Good morning!  I feel like I can do it all!  Which today is study, study,, study, some more.  The sun is out, the day is young and I am...not:)  But I can do this! HAVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, March 18, 2013


Good evening! I am glad for the end of the day!  It has been a good day.  I got through my power point presentation on post-colonialism with my partner Chris.  She did well, our power point looked fantastic, and I think my part also went well.  I am really glad that is over!  Here's a funny snippet from James Luna that I included in my presentation.  My teacher is from New Zealand, so I thought she would especially like it. Arrival  I like that he uses humor to express his views of identity and post-colonialistic ideas.
Now I am studying for my 18th Century art history midterm.  That is Wednesday at 1:30 pm.  It feels a little like a dentist appointment or something that I am not looking forward to.  I have been studying the flashcards, but they are still not in my head.  I think tonight I will write an essay to practice.  She gave us three topics she is going to choose from for an essay.  I figure if I write three ahead of time I will have something in mind, rather than just winging it.  And I also need to prepare a paragraph of explanation of significance for each image and vocabulary word.  It is not enough to just know the answer.  We are supposed to explain why we need to know the answer.  It's a lot I think.  And the funny thing is that today our teacher said she really doesn't believe in tests, but that she had to give it because of the school policy.  I wish there was another way to evaluate what we have learned.
So enough about me.....  but then what do I write about?   I am feeling pretty tired tonight, just in case you couldn't tell.  I really may just skip the studying and go get in bed.  I think I can learn enough tomorrow to pass the test on Wednesday.  I have no other plans for tomorrow except to study.  Of course, that doesn't mean things can't change.  But I will hope that I can use the day as I have planned.
Oh, I thought I would share the sign downtown.  It makes me laugh every time I see it.  Ready?  "Erode - he didn't walk."
I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace today.   I am pulling for you!  Keep smiling.  I'm smiling in between yawning!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Bit More o' the Irish!

Top o' the mornin' to ya!  It is morning for a bit longer.  I can't tell you how nice it is to not rush around Sunday mornings.  Church starts at 2, and so many people are not happy about that.  But personally, I find that it makes Sunday a real day of rest.
And I love St. Patrick's Day!  Mostly because I find I feel more Irish on this day.  But also because of a funny, flukey thing on my blog.  I titled one of my blogs, "A Bit o' the Irish."  And I guess it must come up fairly well on search engines, because since I posted that in July of 2011, I get hundreds of hits for that page on March 17th!  I am up to 14,511 hits total, and over 100 already today.  Funny, huh?  It just goes to show you how important a good title is:)  Or at least one that is relative to what people are looking for.  It's funny, because the blog is really not about anything Irish, except an Irish blessing.  So I imagine people go there and then are immediately disappointed.  It's kind of a funny joke to me.  I guess I am a little weird that way.  I have a youtube video that I purposely titled "epic", just to see if it got more hits.  And I am up to 7,842!  Funny scientific experiments!  I guess it is the part of me that loves the scientific method!  And playing silly jokes on people.  I hope it is harmless!
So in the spirit of the day...I will tell you what I know about this day.  First, it is named after St. Patrick who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.  He had been captured as a boy and lived as a slave in Ireland until he escaped when he was 20.  He returned as a priest and proselyted among the Irish for 40's that for a mission?  Anyway, he died on March 17, and so we remember him on that day.  The shamrock was used by him as an example of the Godhead.  The story about him banishing all of the snakes and driving them into the sea, may be more of a reference to Christianity driving away the influences of Satan. But then again....there are no snakes in Ireland:)  But apparently there are leprechauns, or at least stories about them.  And I have always been fascinated by tales of tiny men who can grant you three wishes.  I think I love things about Ireland because there is a kind of magical quality in the stories that I love...a wink and a nod kind of a feeling.  Anyway, I am glad to have a little Irish heritage.  My great grandpa Neary came from Ireland to California.  He and his wife had a little chicken farm near San Martin, which is near Gilroy.  She died when my grandma was young.  So we don't have many stories about her.  But we have lots of fun family stories about my great-grandpa Neary.  My favorite is when he bought a brand new car, and drove it home and didn't know how to use the brakes.  (How is that possible?) At any rate he drove it right through the back of the garage.  He was pretty upset at that car and afterwards put it up on blocks and never drove it again!  Silly machine!  Apparently he had quite a temper.  But then one might if left to raise five little children on his own...and run a chicken farm!  We went to visit his farm a few years ago.  It is no longer a chicken farm, but some of the old buildings were still standing.  It was fun to see, and hear my dad's memories of his grandpa.
Well, I guess that is all I have for today.  Except of course, for an Irish blessing or two!
Have a most wonderful Sabbath day!  Melody

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Good Day!  I am having a lovely Saturday...just busy.  I have 24 flash cards for images for my midterm I just have to memorize all the facts.  I think this is kinda silly personally.  I think I already know what I will still know in a week or so.  I have never thought cramming was a good way to learn.  But apparently it is still popular among some educators.  So I will go with the flow.  And I hope I remember well enough for the test on Wednesday.  We also will have an essay and short answer parts to the test.  It sounds so hard!
Anyway, today I am studying...and watching grandkids.  Kim has a big St. Patrick's day zumbathon thing.  So I am helping out with kids.  Which should be fun.  Then we are going to the art exhibit for my illustration teacher downtown.  I am thinking that will be loads of fun.  I really like his work...not always the subject matter, but his technique is amazing.  And I love the colors he uses.  It really is beautiful to see.  Then I am hoping for a dinner out...and maybe a movie.  We haven't been to a movie for a very long time.
Well, that is about it.  I hope things are great in cyberspace.  Remember I am still pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together.  Ain't life grand?  HAVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, March 15, 2013

Poe would be proud!

Here it is...what you've been waiting to see!!!  My first gold bug:)
In focus
Out of focus and in the light
Yeah, it needs work.  But for the first attempt, no reference and just plain noodling...I think it is OK.  I really had fun.  It only took about 4 hours:)  I think it will be something I will need to practice a bunch more times.  But I think I can get better as I do.
Well, that's it.  Just sharing!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!! Melody

Painting, painting, painting!

Hallooooo!   I am taking a short break from painting.  I have been painting all morning, and I still haven't finished one bug!  I can see why my teacher thinks this is a long process.  But it is fun, and I am learning as I go.  Unfortunately I don't have the most important color of glaze...a yellow gold.  I have a couple of others that are close, and most of the colors I am supposed to have.  But the final glaze is supposed to be with this very cool yellow gold color.  Of course it is one I will have to order online:)  But that is fine.  I can still practice the method and perfect that.  And it needs lots of practice.  It goes like this....neutral dark ground acrylic, titanium white basic drawing, glaze with darker gold, white again, gold again, white again, reddish gold, white again, black here and there, gold again, ad infinitum.  It is kinda cool how the white acrylic builds layers and then the glaze colors it.  I am enjoying the process!
I think I will paint for a couple more hours and then I will study some more art history and write my script for the power point.  I am sure enjoying a more relaxed day!  It's funny, since I have to wait for each layer to dry (not very long, but long enough) I have been doing the necessary housework in between each coat.  It occurred to me how funny that is, I can imagine Michelangelo climbing down from the Sistine chapel to put a load of laundry in while the paint dried.  I am glad I am not painting a ceiling!
Well, I guess I will get back to it.  I hope that all of the spring weather has not fled from your neck of the woods.  They say it is leaving here tomorrow:(  But I have confidence it will soon return.  I hope you have a wonderful day!  Keep smiling!!!  Melody

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Buenas Noches!

I know, I know...I blog way too much for a healthy person:)  But I feel elated this evening!  And Mel is watching basketball as any self respecting male is doing, so I only have this venue.  And I just have to share.....I AM DONE!  With my power point.  I am excited for that!!!  It feels very terrific.  I still need to write down the script for my part of things, but I pretty much know what I want to say, so that shouldn't take too long.  I guess it feels good because this is a major part of my grade for seminar.  I still have one more to do....a curatorial of my work compared to other artists.  That will be interesting, since I don't really have much work.  But it should be fun, and it is not due until May.  So I am feeling pretty good about this class...especially since I found out that I didn't offend the teacher.  I am relieved for that!
And that is the news flash for this evening.  Oh, except for the fact that I climbed up and down a flight of stairs today with very little pain!  I was quite surprised that I could, and very happy!  I guess this way of eating is helping my body, even if I'm not losing tons of weight.  I can tell things are different in the way my clothes fit.  So that is good.  I meet with my doctor next week, so I am hoping she can help me figure out how to tweak things so that the weight keeps coming off.
What else, you ask?  Well, I studied for two hours with a couple of friends for my midterm next week.  I just need to study about 10 hours more...or maybe 20.  But before I do that I am going to paint a bug.  I have it all planned....Friday is bug painting day:)
Well, just thought I would share happy sort of make up for the sharing of the sad feelings a couple of days ago.  I am feeling quite happy now.  And I think I may be taking a trip to the coast in about 10 days.  My dad needs help getting himself back to Oregon.  Barb is leaving Saturday with all her daughters and oxygen in tow.  He is staying to get things in order and to pack what they will need in Oregon.  I don't know how much longer they can go back and forth.  Lo que sera sera for that one.  I am not sure how you say it, but you get my drift.  So have a lovely night!  And sweet dreams!!!  Melody
P.S.  Here is a sneak peek at a slide from my power point.  This artist is James Luna.  He is quite an interesting guy!

The Red, Red Robin is Bob-Bob-Bobbing!

Good, merry, spring-like morning!  I am kind of excited today.  I am feeling good about school!  First off I have been working on my power point for seminar....and it is way cool! :)  I like working this way with words and pictures.  It is much easier than writing an essay!  Of course the actual presentation might not be so easy.  Hopefully the class will be poorly attended:)  Actually that might be the case since midterms start next week.  People tend to miss classes so they can study for another class.  I know it makes no sense, since then you fall behind in the classes you missed.  And seminar is graded on attendance.  Actually all classes are graded on attendance.  I guess they must get federal and state monies based on attendance.  I don't think they took attendance at BYU when I went there.
Anyway, I am liking my power point presentation.  I am meeting with my partner from class today and we will put all of our stuff together and hopefully that will be all done!  Then I can concentrate on studying for my midterm for Wednesday.  But mostly I want to paint!  I am so excited to try out the stuff Bill did in class yesterday.  But I promised myself I would put seminar and 18th century first so that I don't fail.  But it is soooooooooooooo hard not to drop everything and just paint!  I may dabble a little if I can get ahead today.  If not, I am painting tomorrow.....all day!  I think I will start with simple, basic shapes and try his layering technique.  Then if I can master it I will try a bug or two:)  Sounds funny huh?  I know it will be a test of patience with myself.  I always think I can do things immediately that I have seen(or heard) others do.  Of course, that is definitely not the case.  I forget how you have to train your muscles to follow the brain paths so that they obey the practicing music.  It sounds easy until you actually try it.  But practice eventually makes things better, if not perfect.  So I am committing myself to practice, practice, practice!
And that is my plan for today:)  I bet you get tired of reading about my plans.  So often I don't follow through.  But I suppose I don't always report that:)
Anywho....I hope you have a most productive and lovely and spring-filled day out in cyberspace today!  Remember I am pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It's a Sunny Day!

Good afternoon!  It has been a wonderful day today!  Mostly because of the demo my teacher did in illustration class.  I told him and the rest of the class that it was like being at a candy shop for me.  I love to see other artist's at work...and especially some one who is so good at his craft.  He did a black and gold acrylic painting of a bug...showing me for my upcoming project ( and the rest of the class) how he would go about it...layer after layer after layer!  It was funny too, because there were about 15 of us today and everyone stayed to watch, entranced!  I think it was kind of amazing...everyone so quiet and so totally absorbed in his process...and no video games anywhere to be seen!  I thanked him profusely because I have been pestering him since the beginning of the semester to do this.  He had made lots of excuses why he couldn't, but I think when it came right down to it, he had as much fun as the rest of us.  Next week he said he would do another photoshop demo.  I am glad.  I love when he shows us how to do stuff.  No one else in the department has quite the command with acrylic paint as he does.  Or knows how to manipulate work scanned into the computer quite as well.  It sure was a fun class, and I was not the only one who thought so.
On the other hand, I had a very hard time staying alert for art history classes.  That room gets so warm, and today it was warm outside anyway, so inside got very warm.  I think I would have had a most wonderful nap if it wasn't class time.  As it was I kept shifting in my chair and drinking water and doing whatever I could to keep from nodding off.  The teacher is not boring, but it gets so hard to keep my eyes open that it is embarrassing!  But I guess I am not the only one.  I saw a few others in class struggling to pay attention.  One girl had her laptop open looking through Pinterest!  Kinda funny.
Well, two big things facing me for the next week....Monday's power point presentation and Wednesday's midterm.  So I guess I will work on both this evening.  But maybe just a little nap first:)  I hope things are going well in cyberspace today!  Hang on to your pencil!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody
My mental image of Cyberspace:)

Good Day, Sunshine!

Good merry morning!  I am off to learn more wonders...acrylic demo today!!!  This should be fun.  Except for the part where I have to show my rather weak thumbnails....the artsy kind.  Anyway, here's to a wonderful day!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sorting Through

Good morning!  I hope it is for you!  I am kind of dragging my feet today.  I think this cold is kinda getting to me.  I just think I am about over it, and then wham!  It hits again.  Oh well.  I am glad today is a day for drawing.  I think I will grab a small sketch book and put my feet up and gaze out the windows at the lake while I draw.  Yeah, it sounds too good to really work to me too.  I usually draw best at a table with good back support....and a light table near by:)  Ha, ha!
I think I am a little overstressed.  Yesterday I said a kind of out of step thing in one of my classes...not meaning to hurt feelings....but it was that too-quick-to-speak thing...not weighing the consequences.  I felt bad all day about it, and still stewing today.  I think one day I will need to change my filters:)  I suppose it is a lot to expect to get through life without a few mispeaks.  But I think I have had more than my share.  Sigh!  And it bothers me when I think I may have offended someone...even when it is unintentional.
So today I will do better...really, because I am home alone:)  And it is hard to hurt my own feelings unintentionally.  Usually the silly stuff I think just makes me laugh at myself and my ignorance.  So maybe I will be laughing all day today.  I hope so.  Yesterday I kept crying inside...and a few times it came out in my voice.  OK.  Maybe it would help to write about what happened.  We were discussing feminism and the Queer Theory in art.  And my teacher is a lesbian.  We had had a pretty good discussion about what it all was, and the art work that had stemmed from those movements.  Then the teacher asked if there were any more questions.  And I said that yes, I wondered if same sex attraction was a choice.  My teacher became immediately defensive and told me I needed to research the topic and that it was not a good question, but came from a judgmental point of view.  Anyway, I could tell I had offended her, which was not my intention.  I just wanted to hear her views on the topic.  But I feel bad. I never like to hurt other's sensitive feelings.  And I am sure I have hurt hers.  Since then I have read the church's website on same sex attraction. Here's the link.  LDS  It is really good, and helped to answer some of my questions.  I should have read it before class:)  Oh well.  Live and learn as they say.  This article was also interesting from nbc news and the positive reaction to the church's website.
Well, I will get on with my day.  I have lots to get done!  Thanks for listening.  I guess I really needed to write about things.  I hope your day goes happily out in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you.  We're all in this together!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Night the World Around

Good evening!  It has been a long day.  I am looking forward to bedtime!  School was hard.  I am glad I have a day home tomorrow.  Things always seem to get harder as midterms approach.  I did get my paper turned in.  That was a milestone.  Now I just have to create a power point presentation for next week on post colonial art.  I think I will be able to do that.  I also have a midterm to study for that is a week from Wednesday.  That has me quite nervous.  But I will get prepared for that in the next few days.  And I am meeting with a study group on Thursday.  So that will help.
We had a nice family night with Liz and Adrian and their boys tonight.  It was fun.  We fired up the bar-be-que for the first time this year and made shish-ka-bobs.  The kids thought that was great.  Me too.  I especially enjoyed the pineapple we grilled.  Yum!
So now I am going to spend the next day drawing bugs:)  I have to come up with something cool for my illustration class.  I want to draw a bug to go with the story of "The Gold Bug" by Edgar Allen Poe.  I have been mulling this around in my mind for a while.  And I finally convinced my teacher he should do a demo on his technique of gold with looks so cool.  He did a painting of a bee that I just love.  Here is a link to it if you want to see.  bee  Cool, huh?  I probably can't do this at my current skill level.  But I really want to watch how he does it.  And then I can try it ...over and over and over:)
So I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace today.  I am trying to keep them happy on my side of space.  It was hard today. Somedays are just more challenging than others.  I am glad this one is almost over.  I think I need some more sleep!  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!  And Sweet Dreams!  Melody

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Getting my ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's....Not!

Good Sunday morning!  I have been studying apartheid and post colonialism this morning....I mean waaaaay earlier this morning.  I got an email late last night from my seminar teacher that I could use Zapiro cartoons for my presentation.  I had the impression from her earlier that I couldn't.  And since I didn't want to work on it during the day today, being the Sabbath and all, I got up about 3 a.m. to work on it.  Wow!  I had no idea what a mess South Africa is still is sad to me.  I mean I kind of listen to world news....but not always with the attentiveness that I should.  And I guess it makes me feel bad to know they have such a weird president, and that people are still fighting for freedom.  Of course, in many ways we are still fighting for it here, so I don't know why I should be surprised.  It really is something that doesn't just happen automatically because a few laws are passed.  I suppose it is the battle we have been fighting since the counsels in heaven...the right to choose for ourselves.
So....I suppose I could go on about that for a few months!  But I will spare you.
I am glad for Spring!  It's just around the corner, and with the time changing here, it makes it seem very close!  And I guess we are having a warm weather week this coming week.  I am really happy about that!  By Friday they said we could get temperatures near 70!  That sounds great to me!  It has been a rather cold winter.  I am ready for some warmth.  It's funny with global warming it should seem so cold.  But I guess it is warm in the South Pole from the report I heard yesterday.  I kind of wonder if it is like a short story I read many years ago.  A person was having this dream that the world was getting hotter and hotter and everyone would die....but then she woke up to find that just the opposite was was getting colder and colder.  Actually, it has been so many years ago that I read that, that I might have mixed up which was which when she was sleeping and awake.  Which makes me think...I probably should get a nap today.  I am starting to sound as tired as I feel.  I will try not to take it in church!
Jacob, our now 12 year old grandson is being ordained this evening.  I am excited for him.  He is really excited and such a mature young man.  I think he will do well in honoring this power.
Well, I had better be getting on with my day.  I hope this is a warm and lovely day for you out in cyberspace today.  Take care.  Keep smiling:)  And remember we're all in this together!!!!  Melody

Saturday, March 9, 2013

More Stuffy Noses

Good and happy Saturday morning!
I had a hard time waking up this morning.  I guess I am still in the midst of coldsville....snuffling and coughing.  It's fine though.  I can function for the most part.  And I realize this is not much in the world view of illness.  I have already visited Walmart this morning.  I ran out of a few laundry detergent.  I guess it is a basic need, although I hadn't really thought of it before in quite that way.  I guess it is something I should add to our year's supply of essential commodities.  Did you know that commodities has a French origin?  At least that is what we studied in 18th century art history the other day.
Today I will be writing my paper for my seminar class.  It is a seminar plan, since in a week I get to teach the class with another colonialism.  I am really interested in the topic.  It deals with the native American people as "first nation" people, and African American artists, and South African and Kenyan artists, and Indian and other former colonial countries.  I am still researching artists to report on.   What I am finding is that much of the art of post colonialism is fairly recent....within my lifetime.  And so it seems particularly relevant and makes me think hard about things that I really haven't given as much thought as I should have.  And I guess that is often what art questions the world in important ways.  So I am enjoying studying different artists that have done that.  One of my favorites is Kara Walker, who most everyone has heard of before.  But I am also interested in Jimmie Durham, and James Luna, and Jonathan Shapiro...Zapiro.   I think those last three are my assigned artists.   The lady I am presenting with is doing Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, and Betye Saar.  I keep wondering if there are earlier American artists that reacted to the Revolution of 1776 in this country.  I will look at that possibility.
Well, as you can tell I am in study mode today...a little fractured and distracted I think.  There is still so much to do besides this paper.  But I bite at a time!  I will get this elephant eaten!!!  Take care out there in cyberspace!  Keep smiling!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, March 8, 2013

Cabin Fever

Good morning!  Today I am greeting the day with a song!  And a dance.  I loved the youtube video of the grandma dancing to "Run Around Sue".  It brought back a memory I have when I lived in Castro Valley.  We had some kind of a mutual party and that song was played and we all got behind one of the girls...her name was Sue...and did a bunny hop around the room!  It was so fun, and of course I had no idea back then what the song was about.  It is hard to imagine now a world so naive.  But it really least for me.  And I am grateful for that.
So today it is sunny and promising a warmer week coming.  I think it will be in the 50's today.  Almost time for picnics at the lake.  We have a manmade lake near our house and there is a lovely park on the other side of it.  It has big trees...poplars and elm I think...and it is fun to go over there with all the kids and grandkids who can make it and sit in the grass and listen to the wind in the trees....even if it is too cold to swim.  It is a lovely place.  It reminds me of when I was little I guess.  We had a cabin, actually it was a mining claim owned by my grandpa and his brother in law, and they had built a small cabin there.  I guess technically it was two cabins.  The original was quite small, maybe 10 feet wide and 20 feet long.  It had a kitchen with a wooden stove, and a storage room and an overhang.  The other cabin was right next to it, and was only a large sleeping room...maybe 20' x 15'.  It's hard to guess the dimensions now because I was small then, and everything seemed bigger.  It was all made of logs that my grandpa and my Uncle Norm had cut down from the property.  We used to go in the summer.  It was near Redding, CA.  Actually closer to Weaverville and Hayfork, in the Trinity Alps.  I guess that was their real name.  Seems odd to call the coastal range Alps.
There was so much to do there as a child.  My favorite thing was to catch water snakes...and blue bellied lizards....and frogs!!!  There were lots of frogs that lived in the spring.  I wasn't supposed to play near the spring because it was our clean water source.  But I think I pretty much did, because I have very strong memories of hours by that spring.  And one really strong memory of when I fell in and got in heaps of trouble!  I must have been 5 or 6...or maybe old enough to know better.  Anyway I remember in the evenings we would all sit in the shade of the cabin and listen to the breeze sing in the trees.  The days were really hot, and I guess in the evening the rising heat would pull in the breeze from the coast.  It is a nice memory.  For most of my life I have loved that sound....except for a couple years when I was recovering from the tree falling on my car....but that is another story that I am sure I have told in great detail before.
And I suppose that the reason I love that peaceful sound is that my memory is full of parents, and grandparents and great aunts and uncles and my siblings and cousins.  I doubt we were all there at the same time, but maybe.  My memory is that we were.  Maybe we were there in smaller groups at different times.  No matter.  It is a memory I cherish.
I pulled a snippet of an old family movie and posted it on youtube.  Here is the link. Cabin   It is of my brother washing clothes in the old wash tub, me carrying clothespins or something and both of us getting a ride in the wheelbarrow with my dad.  And both of us playing cowboys on the hill.  And my very young looking grandma hauling water from the spring.  I was quite small...1 1/2 or 2...still in diapers by the looks of things
Well, I guess that I have bored you enough with my silly tales.  I hope you have a most wonderful day out in cyberspace today.  I am pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!  Melody

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Posting Colonial

Buongiorno!  It is going well here.  I cleaned house today...and my little bedroom art studio.  I tend to put things off for too long with classes.  But I had a friend come over today from my seminar class. She and I are presenting post-colonial art together a week from Monday.  So that was good incentive to clean this area, since we mostly sat in here by the computer and looked up artists and their work.  It was fun.  I love to see what other artists are doing.  And I am not too familiar with post colonialistic art work.  So I am learning and enjoying the process.
I am feeling a little better today than yesterday.  Nights are still hard trying to stay asleep while coughing.  But I am managing OK.  I will be glad to be well again.  I may need warm weather to accomplish Mel and I are talking about taking a trip for spring break at the end of March.  It sounds really nice to me.  But I am not sure how much time Mel can take away from the business.  It is kind of busy for him right now.  So we shall see.   In the meantime I am planning imaginary voyages in the Bahamas or Hawaii.  I really would like to see warm sunshine for a while!  I think the nicest image I have thought up involves a lounging chair, and a wide beach, and me with some sunscreen.  Oh and a virgin chi-chi.  That is my favorite tropical drink!  I guess it is a pina-colada without any alcohol.  Yummy!!!!
Well, I guess the next thing I need to do is take a power nap.  I highly recommend them!  I feel energized and ready to tackle the world again after I get my twenty to thirty minutes in.  It's kind of amazing!  I hope things are swell in your neck of the woods today!  I am still pulling for you.  We're all in this together!!!  And the drums have quieted a little in the last day or two, have you noticed?  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole

“Do you think I've gone round the bend?"
"I'm afraid so. You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”  That's a quote from Alice in Wonderland.  And I love it.  I often feel like that.  A little bit bonkers.  Some days at school, I feel like I am in a whole different existence than what my normal world is...hard to explain, but maybe a little like the way that Alice felt when she went down the rabbit hole.  I feel a little out of place or something.  Not bad...just different.  It is nice to come home and blog a little til I feel like me again.  Maybe it helps because I can see that I really am still me.  I am feeling tons better today than yesterday, and I only have a bad cough and a slight headache left.  So things are looking up.  And I just read some pretty funny stuff on facebook that I will share here.  It gave me a giggle.
If you can't see it I think you can click on it for a larger view.  I love it when there is more than one meaning to a word or phrase.  So I guess I really enjoy this kind of humor.
Illustration class went well today.  I heard some nice things from my teacher...better drawing and proportions, delicate well as some constructive criticism...harsh lines from waiting to put in the background wash, that should be done first (which I know, but somehow didn't think it was important), hair could be done when it was wet....experiment with what the medium can do, etc..  So that is good.  And he promised a demo next week.  He has a show opening here in town soon and he is pretty busy with it all.  He did give a short demo on photoshop with a painting he is working on for the Boise Weekly.  They feature a painting on the cover every week and his will be on this week as an advertisement for his show.  It was fun to see him manipulate the image with the magic of photoshop.  I know a bit about it now, but not nearly enough.  He used some things I had not seen done before.  So I will try them myself.
Art history was also interesting.  I really do enjoy studying about all of the old masters, and seeing the unbelievable work that they did.  Today we discussed Donatello for a while.  And Fra Angelico.  They both did such fantastic stuff.  That was in Renaissance class.
Fra Angelico's painting
In 18th century art we discussed an article we are all supposed to have read.  I read it last night, but found it kind of difficult...having to look up obscure words and phrases.  So it helped to have our teacher explain some of the phrases and what they meant.  Although, I had the feeling they were difficult for her too.  She had a fun time explaining "taxonomy recapitulates epistemology".  And that wasn't nearly as difficult as the phrases containing "metadiscursive" and "metacritical".  Like I said the other day, I really don't understand why they can't use English that most people understand.
Donatello's David (this is the limited modest view:)
So now I am home and ready for a power nap I think.  I really do get tired, and Actifed just contributes to that.  I hope all is well in cyberspace today!  I am pulling for you still!  Take care and keep smiling!  And have a most wonderful, fun-filled evening!  Melody