I think of days like today as "white days," when the sky is bright but overcast and the horizon disappears. Everything is calm and pale-pearly gray. The mergansers (diving ducks) dot the waters. Boy mergansers are still chasing and showing off for the girl mergansers. Soon, with the onset of boat traffic, they'll migrate to… Continue reading Mergansers on Lake Ontario
In February, I decided to try a week's worth of doodling a single sheet of marker paper. That lasted a few weeks and yielded some new motifs for my fabric designs. Now, after finding an old 3x5-ish moleskine notebook, I decided to take another stab at one or more doodles a day. Dilemma: Use doodling… Continue reading Doodling my way to…
When we moved into a log cabin in June 2015, this city girl stressed out over the fact that carpenter bees loved our wooden home as much as we did. They are belligerent and territorial. They poop liquid sawdust and it dribbles yellow down our red exterior. The pest guys sprayed with little effect. Then… Continue reading The other bees
I went out with an extension tube on my camera lens this morning. The flowers still scarce, I like crouching down for a close-up, letting their color fill my gray-weary eyes. Glory of the SnowHyacinthGlory of the SnowHyacinthHyacinthHyacinthLast year's Queen Anne's Lacefuture Lilaclast year's Lavender
Between winter cocoon projects and outdoor summer projects, while workers buzz and grind their way through our bathroom upgrade, I putter around in the files and come upon the little stack of catalogues where Jim's stuff has been exhibited -- back in some superheated era before I arrived on the scene and Jim retreated into… Continue reading Rosetsu: Boy on Elephant
[Cont'd from here] How did I wind up here, drawing "paper dolls" to add my fabric designs to? Maybe in old age I'm simply circling back to one of my first loves -- 1950s paper dolls. Rita Hayworth. The Maguire Sisters. I could lose myself for hours dressing them and having them act out their… Continue reading “Gotta Go,” cont’d.
I'm fascinated by Bullet Journals. From what I gather on YouTube, they gloriously combine calendar, note-taking, reminders, goal reviews, and art journalling in one gorgeous, playing-with-my-new-pens package. This winter, when my digital apps failed to let me lay out a week's work, I decided to go old-fashioned and use paper. But turning an organizer system… Continue reading Bullet journal, not pretty