Family Sketchbooks…

These are not my sketches!

The chaps in black suits are from my dad’s sketchbook…which makes these drawings about 70 years old

The woman comes from my son’s sketchbook…drawn while riding the subway in Chicago.

The lily comes from my daughter’s sketchbook...drawn while home for a short visitnot easy to find lilies on subways in NYC…

I have been busy preparing for a school visit to Ohio later this month.
Scanning new images. Reworking my keynote presentation.
Finally moving some images from one computer to another…
…when I came across my dad’s old sketches…yes…his name really was Faubel.

My dad liked to draw.

My kids like to draw.

We all love to draw.

My husband doesn’t draw…but he loves to read…

We all love to read.

draw…read….draw…read…draw…read.…tcp

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How to bake an elephant…

So why bake an elephant?

Because he is in a hurry to get back to NYC.

I have been painting a new cover for my Elephant book and my painting is wet.
I used a hairdryer….but I want my watercolor to be really dry before I put on another layer of paint.

My light was no help at all.
I put it over my painting and it just wants to pop back up…never staying close enough to the art to warm up the paper.

Then I saw my plastic elephant.
He is heavy and just right for putting on top of my lamp.
He fit perfectly.
No more popping lamp.

The little tiny elephant did not want to be left out.
I put him on top of my other lamp.

Now both paintings are dry!

I gotta go….Elephant is in a hurry…tcp

PS…This is how they bake an elephant in Chicago…
my son made Elephant berry pie….yum.

 

 

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Storm King…the ultimate field trip…walking Andy’s wall…

For years, every time we traveled the Northway from VT to NYC (and back)… we rubber necked Storm King, the sculpture park about 60 miles north of Manhattan.
We finally scheduled a stop.
It is amazing.
Once is not enough.
Seeing it in one season is not enough.
Seeing it in only morning light…
or only evening light…

not enough.

Seeing it with friends, family…young or old…

not enough.

Seeing it by yourself….once…

not enough.

Seeing it on your computer….absolutely not enough!
Go surround yourself in the landscape.

If you live nearby…..or on another planet…it is worth the trip.

This is just a tiny taste… of Any Goldsworthy’s wall.
There is so much more to see…of the wall weaving and climbing up and down the landscape…around trees…in and out of the water.

There 500 acres of beautiful grounds…fabulous sculptures carefully placed in the landscape.

We walked…and walked…and walked. But you don’t have to.
There are trams that travel the grounds and bikes available for rental.
We brought a picnic. It was lovely.

Here is a link to the Storm King Art Center website. It includes a short film clip that will give you a better picture than I can.
However, the nothing can compare to being there in person.

Don’t make our mistake…rubber necking when you see a bit of a sculpture peaking out of the landscape while driving the Northway and thinking… “What is that? It looks cool.” Plan a trip….if not this year or next…put it on your “bucket list”…tcp

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Thinking Elephants…


I have Elephant Brain.
This is a condition where only elephants come out of my pen.

I am tweaking my Elephant book.

Here is Elephant thinking about elephants…or maybe he is thinking about me thinking about elephants?

When someone has Elephant Brain, there is no room for anything else in their head. Elephants are big. You would think this might cause a headache.

No.

A little Miles Davis…my favorite pen…I’ll call my editor in the morning….tcp

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Activities for kids based on Tracey Campbell Pearson books

Summer fades…Cows moo…

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Here are the girls (Brown Swiss cows) in the meadow at Shelburne Farms…munching their lunch…yum! They are lovely company on a summer’s day…tcp

I drew one of these girls for the Shelburne Farms t-shirt.
It is fun to see these shirts on bellies around VT….on toddlers with ice cream drips and faded and covered with paint splotches on the guy painting the library on the village green…

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NYC…sketchbook…E train…MOMA and Winsor McCay…M train

[slideshow]
10:00 am…check out of hotel in Chelsea
10:15 am…sketching on the E train to the MOMA
10:30 am…through the doors up to the 6th floor
MOMA’s CENTURY OF THE CHILD (Growing by Design 1900-2000)…fabulous…a visual delight…wish I could take photos…quick sketches…wish I had more time…I will be back…this is why I have a membership…even if I just have an hour or two…when I am in the city I stop in and visit my favorite art or see something new…Here is a link to the exhibit…
http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2012/centuryofthechild/

Here is Gertie the Dinosaur…the 1914 animated short (Part II) by Winsor McCay. The film is shown on the wall …look right and look up as you enter the exhibit…

12:00…catch the M train
12:30…a picnic on a park bench with my good friend George in his “back yard”…his name for Madison Park…
1:30…in the Flatiron for my “Elephant” meeting.

…that is just a morning in the city…no wonder I am ready to crash when I am back in VT…tcp

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