Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Homework


Still working with charcoal and light and dark values.  It has been interesting to ‘erase’ charcoal to get the light values and add more to get the darker values.  I did get some vine charcoal for this exercise.  It looks like a small vine turned into charcoal, but it gives me more flexibility than the sticks I think.

Here is the still life I set up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Actually, I was pleased with the lighting on this picture itself.  Very dramatic and almost an Old Master’s look to it in my opinion.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This is my sketch.  Not quite as dramatic, but adequate I think.  It does look better in person than in this picture.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

I Have Decorated for Christmas

Pulled out a bit of this and that and a bit of glue and silver spray paint and glitter and my Christmas decorations are finished.

This is the tree I created out of branches from the yard, silver spray paint, glitter spray, and a few little plastic snowflakes and a small string of blue lights.

PB260007  I will dig up a piece of blue fabric to drape the top of the dresser in the living room to cover the box the vase is sitting on.  I can’t have a ‘real’ tree with the dogs and cats, so this is my alternative.  You can’t really see the branches are silver and glittery in the dark.







My favorite is the finished wreath I started a few weeks back.  I had to wait until foil wrapping paper came out.  This is my completed wreath.

PB260009  While the original instructions had balls in the center, I expanded on the idea and included a small string of white lights and pulled the cord through the back.  I also lightly sprayed the cones with glitter spray.  I also combined a few balls with multi-colored bells in the colors of blue and silver.  I have to let the wreath set up overnight so the glue will hold when hung up on the wall.  But it is a large wreath.  The backing is two pieces of foam core taped together.  If I make more I will use smaller pages to make the wreath a little more manageable.  I am pleased with how it turned out.

Ok, my Christmas is done now.  All except the cooking.  I promised Savvy we would bake when she comes for Christmas.



Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Goodies

I did the regular, traditional foods for Thanksgiving and added a couple of new dessert recipes.

The first is a Paula Dean recipe, Pecan S’more Bars….yep, a zillion calories later….



But my favorite, and the simplest, was the Apple Slab from Pillsbury.  I made half a recipe and did it in a round cake pan.  I lined the pan with parchment paper and slid it out onto a plate.


Which, by the way, is good for breakfast.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

From Lady to Zombie

This is the results of a homework assignment in one of my classes.  I used pictures of Savvy for my animated slide show.

renfairezombie  I did enlarge it for this site.  I will probably pull it in a month when class is over.  And the quality, since I enlarged it for this site, is not great.  But it was fun.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I Know, but….

It seems like it has to be an all or nothing situation with regard to television programs.  You can go along for ages, flipping channels or just plain ignoring what’s on and then WHAM!  Here is a crop of worth watching programs.  Normally,  I only really care about NCIS (love my Gibbs) and Big Bang Theory.  Now, unfortunately, I have to add three new shows to my list.  The thing is they could all be group in the same genre, which is really surprising.

The first is ONCE UPON A TIME.  A story within a story retelling of Snow White and all the other fairy tales we have grown up with.  The Evil Queen (who has a fantastic black outfit) has cursed Snow White and the Prince and now they are in modern day, not knowing who they are.  And a little boy knows what is going on and is trying to get Emma Swan, who is the daughter of Snow White and the Prince, to help save the day.  Problem is Emma is the little boy’s biological mother who gave him up at birth and then there is Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, played by Robert Carlyle, who I have to say is hot.  Ok, I like Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister too!

rumpel   Really good story line, all twisted up on itself like it is.  But how come the bad guys know what the situation is and the good guys never do?

And following the story tale there is GRIMM.  Now this storyline is a little less convoluted.  The main character, Nick, is the last Grimm and can see things no one else can see it seems.  He is a police detective and crimes are not what they seem to be.  Unfortunately, the only person who can really tell him about his heritage, can’t, so he has to learn it on his own.  Two shows down and it is interesting.

The third, talk about convoluted and odd…..AMERICAN HORROR STORY.  Don’t try to multitask during this show or you will be lost.  Creepy house which had bad things go on in in it the past.  People who other people see as being different ages, ghosts,….well, let’s just say it’s weird.  And good.

So, fortunately, I can watch the shows when I want to, but…..yep….3 less hours of sleep!