Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Farm and Woods

 
For some reason this post doesn't seem to have posted.  This evening there was a bored mother pig surrounded by a dozen or so madly running-jumping-squealing piglets who went racing in a pack from one end of the pasture to the other.  
 
The lambs have increased to six from last evening's three, with the same three mamas.  A farmworker said one mama had triplets.  Maybe three were inside the barn last evening.
 
On the way home through the woods my friend and I saw the following medicinal plants:
 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Evening in the Sheep Pen

 
Three giant wooly mamas and their three tiny lambs are settling down as the sun sets and the air cools.
 
Actually the babies are still bouncing around.
 
Two of the mamas settle down to chewing their cuds --
 Finally a couple of the babies settle, each near its own mother.
 
One mother flops like a sack of meal on an old chicken ladder while her baby dozes underneath.
 
All babies are now down but this mom stares at me and chews until I finish drawing.  As I walk away she turns her head to look at me.  The sheep make lots of little burping sounds.  I hadn't known that sheep chew cuds.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Definitive Jesse Cozy Pose

 
I wanted to convey the velvety softness of this pose 9435.
 
And the peacefulness of his looong nap after spending all night outside with the spring peepers. (9432)
 
Can't wait to go see this new black wooly lamb!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Difficulty of Ears and Noses

After all those Jesse drawings, I still have trouble drawing his ears and nose and mouth.  It's especially tricky when I drop out the context and foreground those features.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fields and Clouds

 
The above are three very small (1.5x2.5" approximately) rubber block carvings to use in conjunction with the three wind-in-wheat-field carvings that come next.
 
These prints are very roughly printed proofs.  And  yes,  I counted each carving as a drawing!
 
So these are numbers 9419- 9424 and they close out this sketchbook.
 

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Effect of PR's Whining and Floundering Speech on Jesse

 
Jesse is , of course, a proponent of single-payer, and PR did not impress him.
 
Jesse was happy nevertheless to learn that the so-called healthcare vote has been pulled.
 
Or at least that's how I interpreted his sleeping all afternoon and ignoring my whoops of joy and laughter!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Epicia and Other Things

We carried this epicia (chocolate soldier) plant home on the train from New Orleans to Mishawaka in the early eighties.  It was a daughter of my aunt Margie's epicia.  Aunt Margie will turn 100 this September, and both she and this epicia (one of several offsprings of the original that we have) are flourishing.
 
Also today:  Mexican restaurant diners including look-alike father and son,
 
and a field of wheat waving in the wind. (Carved from a drawing in my Italian journal from summer 2006)