New Sketchbook Journals are now available in my Etsy shop! A lot of work goes into the making of each book, made with high quality materials in the pursuit of making a very versatile books for artists and writers alike. The books above consist of Stonehenge Paper with a natural torn edge look. To find out more about how these sketchbook journals are made you can read about them in my online shop.. http://www.onetindrum.etsy.com/
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I am excited to share that I just sold my first commissioned portrait painting today and Luca's mom really loved it which is great because a mother has a very discerning eye when it comes to a portrait of their own baby. Katie, Luca's mom drove an hour and change to pick it up and brought Luca too who is Jude's age. The both got to play together for a little bit and go in and out of the snow fort outside. Sam and I used the money for the portrait to go shopping for Christmas gifts and have just come home after hours of buying gifts.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
For Isabella's Birthday I built her a snow hut of sorts with giant balls of snow which was in a perfect state for packing. I think I was outside for several hours before I was done. The only pictures we got were of Jude playing in and around it as he was really excited by it and yelled out in gleeful tones as he approached it. Then entrance was just at his standing height and inside the snow fort Isabella could stand straight up without her head touching. Grandpa Joe and Isabella engaged in a snowball fight and Sam crawled inside with Jude. Since that night the snow has been melting and today it is freeze raining but I am grateful that we all got a chance to see it.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
For once I saw a Christmas parade with snow, which covered the ground outside the high traffic area of strolling pedestrians. Christmas lights could be seen all over town in sidewalk trees and shop windows. Outside cafes there was the selling of hot chocolate with generous amounts of whipped cream and tasty things to eat. We took refuge from the cold in the Native Canadian store Native Focus which is owned and run by friends of ours who also have two little boys. Inside
Erin made hot chocolate for everyone while Jude and I strolled around the store waiting for our chai latte to cool down. For such a small town I was surprised by the crowd and heard said that some folks had set up their chairs hours before to reserve an ideal spot for viewing the floats. When the parade began, it began like any other Christmas parade, people dancing around in gift wrapped boxes and folks sitting on hay bales on a flat bed pulled by a semi truck. But we were really impressed by the animals. A horse with a winter maiden was adorned with a rope of lights, illuminating the horses features in an ethereal quality. Reindeer were paraded in next, followed by lions, llamas, sheep, goats, and a girl riding center between the huge humps of a camel. Jude was up on my shoulders for most of the time in pure contentment, undisturbed by the blaring of horns and drums. I will openly admit that this small town parade was even better than the Christmas parades held in . Oakland California