Showing posts with label boys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label boys. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A New Vessel

 I hardly ever showcase other people's artwork on my blog, but I had to make an exception in this case.
 This beautiful vessel was made for me by my son, Alex.
 It is the first ceramic vessel he's ever constructed.
 I'm so impressed with his natural abilities in a form that's so foreign to me.

I feel really lucky to have been given this as a gift on Mother's Day. Thanks Alex.

Monday, September 03, 2012

A Visit to SaltLand

This summer I drove across country with my kids.  Neither of them has their driver's licenses, so it was all me.  On our first day we drove from California all the way to Wendover, Utah, which is just over the border from Nevada.  It was a really long day of driving, but we had fun walking around on the salt flats once we got there.

Windy, hot, flat, and salt as far as you can see.

 Alex tried to make a "Salt Angel"
 Looks more like a Salt Frowny Face to me.

 Piles of salt everywhere on the edge of town.


It looks like snow doesn't it?  But those are the brine pools used in making potash.The blue water was so pretty, only salt and water, nothing else could live in there I'd imagine.

 And boy was it ever SOFT.  Like if you dumped all the salt you have in your house water conditioner...
Wendover Will, cigarette and all. I really dislike casinos, so much cigarette smoke to deal with, just not used to it.  And that's pretty much the only thing in Wendover, except for the salt flats.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Frozen Moats and Red Sunsets

Some random picture from The Forbidden City in Beijing.  This was the sun set towards the end of our day there.  Shows the pollution pretty well, the sky reminded me of when we have forest fires in our area.

The moat outside the Forbidden City walls is huge, we were close to the center of one side when I took this picture.  Yes it was completely frozen over, and no, nobody was ice-skating on it.  Alex bought one of the ubiquitous face masks at a 7-11, it worked well for the pollution and the cold.


Another side of the frozen moat.  I really liked this picture of Zach.































One of the corner towers as seen from outside the city walls.  It really reminded me of something made out of Legos until you look closer and see all the curves and intricate designs.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Sleep, Sleep Through The Night

Here's another recent gift I've made, this time for my newest niece Charlotte!  It's a double flannel blanket, started out at about 1yard and 1/4.  I received one like this and it was one of my favorite gifts I ever received as a new mom.  Just such a handy size and shape for all sorts of situations.  It will get softer and softer every time it gets washed.  I thought this donut hole print was fun and lively.
I was going to stitch words all around the edge, but it felt a little too stiff, so I just stuck to the first part of a e line of a song I used to always sing my boys to sleep with.  "Sleep, Sleep Through The Night".  Nope, they don't remember me singing it to them, so I did when I was asking them and they liked it.
MLK by U2
Sleep, Sleep Through the Night
And may your dreams be realized
If the thundercloud passes rain
So let it rain
Let it rain
Rain on me
So let it be
So let it be

In case you've never heard the song, give a listen, it is not your usual U2 song, and it starts out very very quietly.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy New Year!


 Heya Happy New Year!  Another long absence from blog-landia, whoops!  But there's several good reasons this time!  How about a kind of spur of the moment trip to China for the holidays?  Here's some pictures of our snowy freezing day on the Great Wall (Mutianyu).  The weirdest, steepest, twisty-est stairs I've ever been on, which were also icy and snow-covered.  Fun!
You can see all the funny angles of the brick work, nothing level, I found it disorienting when I was walking, but beautiful and interesting when I was standing still.  Zach, Marc and Alex.
 A picture of Marc and I. Wearing many many layers.  On one of the graffitied corners.
 We didn't get too many super long views because of the clouds, but the wall just goes on and on and then even further.
Another Zach and Alex picture with lots of the wall in the background.  It really is an impressive thing and I'm glad we got the chance to see it ourselves.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

A Ramble In Fort Worden

 One of my favorite things we did in Port Townsend was to go for a long ramble in Fort Worden State Park.  This is a late 19th century fort which was designed to protect the nautical entrance from the Pacific Ocean into where all the shipyards were located further in up the sound from an invading navy.  Which navy? I'm not sure at that point in history, but anyways, they left behind a pretty cool place to walk around.  This first picture is taken from downhill of one of the bunker/gunsite complexes. In this picture it looks like a modern art piece to me somehow.
And, Yes, that is indeed a perfect lawn to roll down, guess how I know?  I have the incriminating video to prove it, but I promised I wouldn't upload it.
Here's what was at the top of that hill, it is where one of the guns was attached.  I think this might make a cool rubber stamp image (puts in reminder-to-self file).
Alex and I decided this would be one helluva place for an enormous game of hide-and-go-seek.
Here's the view from the top of the fort, there was about a 240 degree vista.  Pretty handy for a fort I suppose.
I noticed these beautiful thistles growing all over the place.  They deserved a picture since they're different than the ones I struggle with in my garden at home.
See what I mean about a good hide-and-seek place?
At one point we found this tunnel that went uphill.
I wish I'd taken a movie while I was in it because the sound was just amazing.  It was the most sonorous tunnel I've ever been in, such beautiful tones just from us walking.
A rust stalactite! Or something, I don't know what you'd call it.
Walking through some of these tunnels in the old underground living spaces was slightly creepy.  There was one like this, but it was dark and closed off but there were open rooms off to one side, completely dark, ooooh  that was scary.
Some of the buildings left behind are being reclaimed by the forest.
Beautiful decay.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Port Townsend, Town, Sea and Sky

 Hey, how about some more pictures from our recent road trip to Washington.  This is Zach relaxing in Port Townsend.  We had many opportunities on our trip to try Bubble Tea as Alex is rather obsessed with it, I like the color combo of these two with the blue sky.    I took a lot of photos of the cool old buildings in Port Townsend, but  I didn't like how they turned out, too many overhead power lines in the way obscuring everything and breaking up the images, so none of those from me today.
 One of the docks in Port Townsend, with gulls perched on the pilings.

 This building looked like it was trying to blend in with the sky.
 The lighthouse out at the point, horizontal and vertical.
 My two boys in the water.  Shortly thereafter a huge discussion ensued about whether it was warmer or colder in the ocean at home, and why or why not that would be.  It ended with a lot of kelp tossing at each other so I'm not sure they ever resolved it...

Again with the horizontal and vertical views, couldn't decide on which one I liked better.  The cloudy sky was so beautiful that day.  I'm glad I was able to capture a bit of that expansive feeling in these photos.  I love that one glowing line of sunshine on the water before the horizon.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Early Summer Cornucopia

Where have I been lately?
Down by the riverside, in the cool cool shade.
Marveling at what is left behind after a winter's worth of storms.
Taking inadvertent self portraits.

Eating strange concoctions like this trail mix I made up, raw almonds, raisins and raw pumpkin seeds.Watching my son, Zach play timpani and other percussion instruments in the school band 3 times in 3 weeks. He had quite the crowd of young fans at the all-district band concert, elementary school through high school all together.

Or home painting the two story high living room.
No wonder I haven't gotten much artwork done, flitting from one thing to the next is just how this season goes.