May 11th, 2003

Marie Masquerade

Froggies!

Wow - we just took a brief walk around the lake, and we saw literally over 50 frogs and toads total. I can't believe it! Several varieties too - I need to look some up in our field guide. One frog was covered with ladybugs - he didn't seem to mind at all - it was one of the cutest things =)
Marie Masquerade

Happy Mother's Day...

to Mom and to Robin!!!

Let me see - I've been watching shows about Egypt all morning on the History channel. It's funny - I always fall asleep watching tapes (Usually of the Simpsons or some BBC comedies), and then inevitably the tapes end while I'm sleeping, and the regular TV comes on and gives me weird dreams. I had weird Egyptian dreams, which I assumed was because of the painting I did the other day, but I think it's really because of the TV, hehe.

I'm going to be painting a lot today (boy, I bet you didn't see that coming!). I'm not sure what to work on - I've got a lot of ideas right now. I might just get a blank canvas and see what shows up. I like doing that - I use kind of a "scrying" technique, where I just stare and stare at the white space and try to "see" things in it (like one would use a crystal ball). Then I paint what I see. Some of my favourite pieces happened that way! Lol, I sound crazy.

Other times though, I do some layout and planning first, which is sometimes better (since it's less draining). I think for my "Wizard's Apprentice" I'd better do some sketches first, since it will probably have a lot of layout issues (tables with potions on it, arcane charts, etc.).

I might start on the next "Arcane Ritual" piece, or maybe my Absinthe Faerie. I might wait on her though, since I've got a few bottles of Absinthe (the real kind, imported from Spain) - I think maybe I'll wait until some evening where I can drink it (I'm not going to drink alone on a Sunday morning - that sounds a little too pathetic) and come up with some inspired ideas in a drunken stupor. Eh, we'll see =)

Well - off to paint! Too bad I still don't have my USB cable (although it has been shipped, so it shouldn't be long!) otherwise you could all watch =(
Marie Masquerade

hmmm....

I'm going to do another painting of Morgan Le Fay. Not today though - I want to put some thought into it for awhile first. I did a painting of her awhile back, but I'm much better at painting now so I'd like to give her a second shot =)
Marie Masquerade

I've gotta say it....

CHICHI IS HAVING A BABY!!!

Whew, sorry - I've been keeping this secret way too long. She finally told everybody else today, so now I can talk about it!

Yep, my little sister (well, 11months younger than me) Kachina and her husband James are expecting a baby!!! It's due for Hallowe'en (just like you Sally!), which would be really cute. I'm so excited! ::dance dance dance::

They actually told us back when they were staying with us, but I had to keep it a secret in the meantime, hehe. We had picked them up from the airport and they were like "Guys, there are going to be some rides that Kachina can't ride on right now at the parks..." and we knew what that meant! It's pretty funny which rides expectant mothers aren't supposed to ride on, but there were plenty of things still she could do. I'm going to be an aunt! Well, technically I already have nieces who are already grown up from Matt's sister, but I don't have any on my side of the family.

I'm so excited =) Kachina's going to be such a good mom!

That's all the excitement for now, hehe.

This morning I decided to try out gessoing a canvas (to give it a smoother surface). I piled it on (probably a little too thickly) and then I went and rode my exercise bike for awhile while it dried. The surface felt dry at least. Then I came back and started painting a pretty swamp landscape, and then some gesso from the middle started blobbering out and mixing in with the paints and making them all yucky. I had to toss the whole project, after spending quite a bit of time on it - grrr...

Then I started a brand new painting with a cool octopus in it. I think he's going to have an underwater friend of some sort - a mermaid or a water sprite... we'll see...

After Matt came home we went out to Epcot (birthday shopping for Kachina). We ate some chocolate in the Germany pavilion, and then we went to the American pavillion - tonight Paul Revere and the Raiders were playing! We watched/listened to them - it was a lot of fun. Since they are having the Flower&Garden festival at Epcot for May & June, they're having a "Flower Power" concert series where every night different 1960s bands play at Epcot. It's pretty awesome (Matt & I love sixties music a lot) - Davy Jones, The Grass Roots, the Rascals, Hermans Hermits, Jefferson Starship, the Lovin' Spoonful, Gary Lewis & The Playboys - all sorts of bands are playing every night. It's like having free concerts at my fingertips - I love this place!

Anyway - this post is way too long. I'll stop now and eat dinner =)