Thursday, December 13, 2007

Maritime Paintings

Here are some paintings I've been working on. These are the first twenty but I plan to make a total of hundred in this series. I want to do a hundred because I like the idea of being obsessive about one theme. They are painted on watercolor paper that is 11 inhces by 15 inches. I used watercolors and acrylic paints.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

probably the most exciting thing that has happened to me since i started eating cheese again...

..... It snowed!!! It was amazing! I have only seen snow falling once before in my life, and that was only five years ago when I was 19. I went to the snow with friends the day before christmas break began. We didn't have sleds so we used large pieces of card board and boogie boards. The snow was streaked with blue from the print on the card board. I didn't have snow shoes so I wore converse. Probably one of my dumbest ideas. I got pneumonia that school year, but not until three months later so the snow adventure was not the cause. I think it was just a year of poor decisions regarding clothes and the weather conditions. The whole time we were sledding, the sky had been clear but as we were walking back to the car, the sky became blotted with clouds. At that point my feet felt stiff and numb. I felt like I could have walked on a prickly cactus without feeling any pain. I think this is what it would feel like to be a troll. I imagine trolls having tough and heavy feet. Trolls are always wondering around in forests and in all the pictures I've seen, they are always depicted with bare feet. But I stopped cringing over the discomfort of my troll feet as soon as the snow started. It started just as we were leaving!

This time when it snowed, I could see it right out my window! Of course, I didn't spend that much time watching it from the window and instead went out in it. Its like living in a slow motion world. I feel like I should walk super slow to keep pace with the snow. I've only lived in Seattle for nine months, so I have not been here for the winter yet. But apparently I have more snowy days too look forward too. Here are some pictures from that day:

After tromping around in the snow and becoming thoroughly cold, my friend came over and we knitted. He described the bus ride over and the walk to my place as a 'Narnia Adventure.' He's an expert knitter but I have never done it before so he taught me. I really wished I had some hot chocolate. I would have felt like I was a character in a story if I had been knitting on a snowy day and drinking hot chocolate. Here is the beginning of my first ever scarf! Its pretty shabby looking so far, but I imagine I'll get better with practice.