Sophia knows how I love games and she does, too She and I sometimes go together to the Capitol Hill Village games group and we have a good time. It is mostly older people, but she gets right into the game, and they love her and her very spirited participation. Sometimes she even brings friends.
For a Christmas gift, of course Sophia gave me a game. It is called Arboretum. Yes, it is about trees. Very diverse trees, such as this purple one called Jacaranda. I have to admit that I haven't played it yet, but I did read the rules and it sounds intriguing. You have to draw cards and play them in such a way that leads you through a path in the arboretum. Maybe Sophia and I will play it the next time she is at my house after school,
While I was in California for Jenifer and Erik's wedding and festivities, my cat Jerry was all alone. Our friend Nadia came every day to feed him and attend to his litter box. He was happy to see me when I got home, but obviously had been cared for while I was gone. Nadia did a great job. I hope to deliver this card to her tomorrow. I think she'll like the cat painting.
This is a little different. Griffin gave me some cookie cutters for Christmas. Actually, he gave them to me a couple of weeks before Christmas so that I could make some cookies. I traced around them to make this design. They shapes are gingerbread boy, gingerbread girl, heart, Oregon state and star. It was fun to make the cookies and fun to make this crazy little painting, too. Thanks, Griffin.
This was fun. My friend Carol gave me and all the Smiths sweet little poinsettias. Of course, I had to make a little painting of mine as a thank you note. The Smiths lined their four up together a little family group. Mine sits on the window sill. To get an idea of the size, it is about 7" inch high including the self-watering container. What fun! Thank you, Carol.
I started this painting many years ago, but was not satisfied with it. I don't have a picture of the previous version, but wish I did. I felt that the gondolier was too close to the bridge and there was no depth. I went darker in the shadows and this is the result. I like it a lot and have been thinking about Venice when I hear the flooding has been particularly bad recently.
I actually did this painting some time ago. In fact, I finished it over a year ago. I'm not sure why I didn't post it then. It is based on a black and white photo of my mother and her sisters at the World's Fair in San Francisco. This version is 11x14, and I am also working on a larger version. This one was originally meant to be a kind of sketch for the bigger painting, but I liked it and framed it. I also made shopping bags for my girl cousins with this image on it, and that was fun.
I think you can sense their excitement and it has a bit of each one's personality. My Aunt Ardye, with a Kodak box camera, my mom Merle Marie, and my Auntie Kay. It's currently on display at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St SE Washington DC....until November 8. Today would have been my mother's 97th birthday. I've been thinking about her, and wish I could share this with her. In fact, I wish I could share all my art adventures with her.