Here is my Illustration Friday idea for this week's prompt, "stomach." I remember that I was advised many years ago, to give my babies "stomach time" so they could strengthen their arms and neck muscles. I think we could all use a little of that, especially in the summer!
Along with a bit of relaxation, I'm getting ready for the "Uncommon Art on the Common" Art Event on August 6th in Goffstown. I'm busy matting and packaging my work in preparation for the show.
It's always a fun event, with a wide variety of different artists and media. Pop on over if you are in the area!
It has been a busy early half of the summer, and I'm finally home from my travels with the sorority girls. Thirty-five+ years, and we are still having fun!
A couple of sights from the Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine
I also finished a block print of my cat "Wiley," right before I went away for my beach vacation.
The plate with all the white areas carved away
First layer of gray
Poor Wiley is laying low today, as it's very hot and humid here! It has been a glorious summer so far, but we really do need more rain! There is a prediction for a few thunder showers tonight but the 10 day forecast shows little chance of rain through next weekend. I don't like air conditioning, but I may
have to break down and put the unit in our bedroom.
I've been enjoying another sunny summer week, with a day at a lake, and a day at the ocean. The lake's water temperature was fine for swimming, but I only managed to go up to my knees in the ocean. It was still very cold! Usually by the end of August the ocean water is finally warm enough for some extended swimming time. Lots of kids didn't seem to mind, and were having fun riding the waves on their "boogie boards," while paddle boarders and surf boarders (in wet suits) were also taking advantage of the fine conditions.
Last Friday I flew to Baltimore with several friends, then met up with two more near DC, to attend a wedding of another friend's daughter in Roanoke, Virginia. The ride from the DC area to our destination was about four hours, and we had a great time catching up on all the news and drama of our lives.
The wedding itself was at a mountain top facility. We were chaufeured there in several school busses on a steep, winding dirt road that made for a hair-raising adventure. I was thankful the transmission held up, and hoped the brakes would also, for the ride down. The weather was perfect and the wedding was lovely.
The view from the venue.
Thirty-four years since college and we're still hanging out together!
Before heading back home, we managed a bonus day sightseeing in Washington DC. I hadn't been there in a long time, so it was a pleasure to visit the monuments and museums.
World War II Memorial
We also visited the Museum of American History, the National Gallery of Art, and had lunch at the restaurant on the top of the Hotel Washington. The White House can be seen clearly from the restaurant. We didn't see any famous politicians during lunch, so hopefully they are doing something useful (or are on vacation)!
This was a great exhibition!
Andy Warhol "Marilyn" silkscreen
George Bellows "A Stag At Sharkey's" 1917, lithograph
Martin Lewis, "Stoops in Snow" 1930 dry point etching
We are having a lovely stretch of summer weather that's in synch with my first week of school vacation! Enjoyed a pleasant day working on a project in my "summer studio." The yard is looking great, thanks to my husband's hard work maintaining the perennial gardens!
My sister had a young fawn resting in her yard last week, and I will include its picture just because it is so cute. The mother was nearby, and watching out for her baby. They even got to see the fawn nursing before the pair headed off again!
Enjoy the longest days of sunlight as we approach the Solstice! It makes up for those short, dark days of Winter!
I am an art teacher who loves to draw and paint, as well as illustrate for children. I also enjoy printmaking---especially block prints. Whatever I do as an artist, I have to remind myself---no pressure---it all starts by just putting pencil to paper.