Thursday, September 15, 2011

It has been too long....

This blog, when I just attempted to access it, brought up a September posting, which surprised me no end, given that I just KNEW I had not posted in many months.  My little single brain cell was working so hard, smoke was coming out of my elegant ears. The mystery was ultimately solved when I noticed the year ---2010.  Clearly sloth and procrastination are some of the deadly sins that have beset me of late.

Here is one of the things I have been up to lately.  After many years of doing all manner of art, I am attempting to return to the basic, formal, discipline of drawing.  Not for any reason other than to bring back some of the discipline of design and hard work I feel I  may have lost.  It is frustrating and sometimes glorious work, depending on whether or not I can "get" it.  To really get better, I find I need lots and lots of uninterrupted time.  This is as rare as rubies these days. 

The pictures is an album cover I did for my son, Bryce Kairoff.  His album was called "String of Tears".  He does this hip hop, free style sort of stuff, some of which I actually like... Hey, I am in my early sixties!!! I think that compared to other stuff of this ilk he is pretty good on some of his stuff.   You can give a listen by going to I-tunes and Amazon, I think. 

I am also attempting to work on creating small accesories for the wedding and other celebrations trade.  I do have somepictures which I would be happy to post someother time. Trying to do a website has always been one of my big challenges and I generally mess the whole thing up... but then, it will still takeme months to complete the clearing out of my studio.....

love and peace and most of all health insurance to all....sopha

Friday, January 28, 2011

Christmas letters and self discipline

I have been absent from my virtual self on the web and this blog for quite some time now.  Once in a while I get into these snarky, semi-unpleasant hermit - crab moods. 

Hermit crabs are actually really cute pets.  At the time that the Willows Preschool was around (1985 on), such things were not yet considered to be being mean to poor little animals and so we had several in our classroom.  They aren't exactly highly interactive pets, but that makes them very low maintenance as well and so they were pretty good to have in the classroom.  Much easier than our rat, Maizie, who ended up dying under the knife when she had to have open heart surgery.  That is a story for another time.

I have been neither low maintenance nor particularly cute, and therein lies the tale of my absence.  Every year, we receive several Christmas or non-denomenational "seasonal" letters, and every year I am tempted to write one that reflects some of the more difficult parts of our lives, but somehow it seems mean and cruel.  On those years, I withdraw and stay quiet. 

I even missed the book reading for the second book my old friend Valerie Trueblood has had published.  Her first was called Seven lives if I recall correctly, which I rarely do, and I do not know the name of this second one, but I will run out and get it as soon as my budget cleans itself up a bit. 

More, and cheerier, or something soon.  susanne,aka sopha davenport