Raf took this on June 2, 2006, in Stephenville TX. Visit Raf's Rincon.
Where I have been on the 4th of July:
1. As a child in Texas in the '40's and '50's, we usually stayed home, had a picnic with friends and my granny who lived next door. I do remember Daddy getting various small fireworks. One was a firework that you placed on the ground, lit it, and it travelled all over the ground sparkling. Daddy always called them "Mother-in-law Chasers", because the thing seemed to follow Granny wherever she went. So she usually sat up on her porch, out of the way. 2. For several years Raf and I went to Maine over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed the Independence Day celebrations there. They seemed more meaningful, probably because Maine was involved in Independence...Texas was not. They always had spectacular parades and wonderful fireworks displays. 3. A few times we have driven out to our local country club where folks are allowed to shoot off their own fireworks. We never shot, just watched. 4. Once we went to Possum Kingdom Lake to watch the fireworks display, only to discover we were there the wrong day...they never hold them on the 4th. Who knows?? 5. Most recently we drive the 42 miles south to my hometown, Stephenville, Texas, where at their park (which used to be my friend, Helen's, father's pasture) we have a grand time. There they have built a wonderful amphitheatre. On the 4th they have a musical show and a huge fireworks display. Many of our family and friends join us for a picnic on the grounds. This year Gary P. Nunn will be performing, and, since we are in a state-wide burn ban, who knows if we will have those long awaited fireworks?
Well, I've been making some more pins. The larger one is of felt with beaded arms, fishing swivel legs, and yarn hair. The other is only a face with yarn hair. I am using Twinkling H2Os for the face painting, and it is working very well...gives a shimmer to the faces.
This has been a hard week for those of us you are conservative Angelo Catholics, as the Episcopal Church in the United States as decided to throw out Christian and Biblical teachings and strike in a totally non-Christian direction.
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Fort Worth has issued this statement:
"The Bishop and the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth appeal in good faith to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates of the Anglican Communion and the Panel of Reference for immediate alternative Primatial oversight and Pastoral Care following the election of Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. This action is taken as a cooperative member of the Anglican Communion Network in light of the Windsor Report and its recommendations."
We are in the Diocese of Fort Worth and applaude our bishop and this committee for making our stand known to the whole of the Anglican Communion.
I believe that the only thing we can do right now is to behave the way we believe Christ would wish and to pray, attend Mass, and work together.
God bless the Anglican Communion Network, and particularly the bishops of the dioceses of Fort Worth, Bishop Jack Iker, Quincy, Bishop Keith Ackerman, and San Joaquin, Bishop John David Schofield. They are the leaders as we fight for our Church.
I made this pin for my friend Louise. Sandi Wheeler made this pin for me when our North Central Texas Mixed Media Group met. She made one for each member present. At our most recent face-to-face meet-up Sandi Wheeler made each member a fabric doll. In turn I made one for my friend, Louise, and intend to make more shortly.
Jake from photo...black and white cat...needs loads of work flower to try out my new Derwent Inktense Pencils...love the intensity of the color!
Between the exercises for my p/t and Raf's stomach and b/p stuff, this has been a ---- of a day, but tonight I tried, not too successfully to draw Jake for I Draw My Cat and to try out the Inktense pencils. They are sooooo intense!
The Famous Water Company in Mineral Wells uses the old wells which were discovered in the 1800's a curative...the water with lithium cured "The Crazy Lady". Today the Famous sells water and in the spring they also serve meal Saturday, June 17, beginning at 7pm. Reservations are suggested.
Carol Elder, owner, is allowing me to come to the garden and draw. Here is a lily I drew this morning. I used micron pen with prismacolor colored pencils on moleskine. I tried the technique Cynthis Padilla uses of not coloring in all the plant.
Just a quick rendering for one of my favorite sports...sumo wrestling. I'm not a very big fan of team sports (unless my grandchildren are playing), and Raf and I enjoy sumo and world's strongest men about as much as any sport.
Illustration Friday's Challenge this week is "JUNGLE". The song, "It's a Jungle Out There", the theme song for MONK, kept running around in my head. It was written by Randy Newman, and I tried to illustrate Monk's feeling of a jungle.
Well, I took photos of the plants today, and this afternoon I drew this elephant ear from a photo. I used colored pencils on moleskine, but I don't like it artistically nearly as well as I do the ones before using pen and ink and watercolor. Technically, I suppose this one is better, but I don't like it. I think this is saying to me, again, that I like working in pen and ink and watercolor better than colored pencil...and I like to results much better. What do you think??
I am lucky enough to have found a small garden at the Famous Water Company here in Mineral Wells. Carol, the owner, is allowing me to come any time to drawn and paint. Today was the first day. I am not particularly pleased with the drawing, but I did enjoy doing it. It was done with mircon pen and Derwent Watercolor and graphitint pencils and niji brushes on moleskine.
I joined the Flickr group, I Paint My Cat, because I wanted to practice drawing cats...which I find very hard. I don't seem to be able to draw them from life, as they move, so I took the photo below of Gus...our best cat...and then drew him in colored pencil.
Gus, age 14, photo taken yesterday My rendering of Gus in Prismacolor Colored Pencil.
New art supplies -- just received some new Prismacolor colored pencils and the colors and texture of the color makes me yearn to use them...tomorrow I will Music -- particularly Celtic, as in Cherish the Ladies, or Latin, as in Del Castillo. Bird Watching -- Seeing the birds at my feeders, and seeing the black-bellied whistling ducks with the red feet and pink bills Other's Art -- I am constantly inspired by all the people on my yahoo art groups who do such amazing work Turning off the TV, the books, the computer, the Noise -- getting away from the excuses NOT to paint or write