Thursday, May 28, 2009

From the Sketchbook

I've had a hard time getting back to the old drawing board since we returned from our trip. I don't have any paying jobs right now, and although I've been working on a couple of book dummies for the past month or so, I find I'm not really eager to return to them right now. I've been catching up on other things, cleaning and organizing, sort of biding my time until the urge to draw overcame me. I finally decided to sit myself down this morning and draw like kids do, without overthinking or planning, and this is what came out. What does it say about my mental state? Not sure . . .

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Back from the Land of Walden

My family and I flew out to New England to attend my niece's graduation from Boston College (with Phi Beta Kappa honors -- you go, Kelly!) Since we rarely pony up the money to fly anywhere, we decided to make a trip of it, traveling around Maine and the rocky Massachusetts coast. We went to Concord to visit the starting point of the Revolutionary War, which my fifth grader had just studied, but we ended up really grooving on the Transcendentalist vibe there. We stopped by the Walden Pond gift shop and struck up a conversation with the heavily tattooed young man working there. When my husband asked if we could swim in Walden Pond, he said "You MUST swim in Walden Pond." So we did! Here's Owen, enjoying his "bathe," as Henry would say.

I bought a copy of Walden from our tattoed friend, and I've been reading it since we returned home. To be completely honest, I'm probably only understanding about 75% of the language, but what I'm getting, I'm liking. Here's a quote from Henry that was on a onesie in the Walden gift shop: "I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born."

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Copper and Cleo: Chapter One

Copper called his best friend, Cleo.
"Heddo?" she said.
"Don't you mean 'Hello?'" asked Copper.
"Dat's what I said!" answered Cleo.
She sounded crabby.