084:365 Tradition

084:365 Tradition

The sunset today was beautiful.

Take that and add that this is a religious-observance heavy season for me, and you get the title.  The liberation, preparation and hope of Passover, and the joy, sacrifice, and hope of Easter.  Spring is renewal and beginnings.  Spring is endings and meltings.

Sunrise, Sunset

from The Fiddler on the Roof

(Tevye)
Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?

(Golde)
I don’t remember growing older
When did they?

(Tevye)
When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?

(Golde)
Wasn’t it yesterday
When they were small?

(Men)
Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

(Women)
Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

(Tevye)
What words of wisdom can I give them?
How can I help to ease their way?

(Golde)
Now they must learn from one another
Day by day

(Perchik)
They look so natural together

(Hodel)
Just like two newlyweds should be

(Perchik & Hodel)
Is there a canopy in store for me?

(All)
Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

081:365 Moving Mountains

081:365 Moving Mountains

Today’s drawing is a contemplation of illusion and space.

At first glance it is the same drawing as yesterday, but I decided to put more emphasis on analagous colors and leave only blue and orange complementary colors.

Though I didn’t notice it until the second row of blue triangles were drawn, the process ended up creating heart-shapes, an unintended side effect of the tiling process. So I decided to use the second layer to break them back up into analagous sets of triangles.

The ending effect leaves me pondering vanishing points and reflections. They look like hills and valleys, perhaps desert terrain and mountains, all vanishing into the distance with something that feels like reflections.

This drawing is a contemplation of progression in color, space, and maybe even time. Maybe I’ll turn the concept into a video of ever changing progressing colors along triangular rails that end in a vanishing point.

It almost reminds me of that Sesame Street video where the lights are sort of disco-flashy.

077:365 Gracie Takes a Bath!

077:365 Gracie takes a bath.

Gracie was trying to look cute this morning so I’d give him some “coffee.” He rolls back and forth, stretching. Then he realizes that he looks a little silly and pretends that he was just going to take a bath.

Cats are so funny!

Not much else to say today.  Playing with a new technique: Build up color, layer, scratch off, repeat.  Gracie the glowing orange kitty.

067:365 Sunburst

067:365 Sunburst

Today the sun was shining, and the icy remains of snow piles are melting. Some boxes of things arrived including my beautiful Shibori-dyed floor pillows that I bought in Japan Town, San Francisco.

So I decided to do a paper-folded drawing experiment. Maybe I’ll do another tomorrow, since this one was so interesting. Although I folded it to block out areas, not all of the areas with color were done by blocking. Some I went back through and worked on again.

I’ve done prints this way, but not really done any drawings. It gives me some more ideas about how to play with shapes.

040:365 Cat TV

040:365 Cat TV

In this drawing, Gracie waits impatiently while the Turkey is cooking.  Cats love to be underfoot when they smell cooking, don’t they!

The drawing is based on a photo I took one morning while Gracie looked longingly as I poured half-and-half into my coffee, but whenever we cook something with meat or fish in it, Gracie and Mikey run around looking cute, sometimes they even play fight so that we give them their share.

Awaiting morning coffee. (cream)