Friday, July 25, 2014
his blog , so check soon to see them. He was finally able to buy a wide angle lens and was experimenting with that today. We definitely plan on returning to this location later.
I may not post during the next week and a half, but I will be drawing, and I'll do a big catch-up post when we get home. Then again, my new phone may be better at taking pictures, and if that's the case and I can post, I'll make some interim posts.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
More thinking about the backpack, but then things get interesting on the feral bird scene. The wild turkeys visited again in the late morning, two hens and the eight half-grown juveniles from yesterday. Today the babies gathered under a rose bush and sat for a while, ignoring Jesse, who watched from his perch beside the woodpile. After a while one of the babies flew up to the top of a very tall tree!
Jesse meanwhile retreated to his favorite side-of-the-house spot, the roof of P's car. He is bored by wildlife I think, since they are unimpressed by him.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
For fans of the rice bag journal, here's the outside of the closed book.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Step 1: Flatten the empty cloth bag from Mafiz Valenciano paella rice and turn it horizontally. Cut or tear 25 sheets of drawing paper from an inexpensive Strathmore drawing pad so that they each measure about 4 1/2" high by 7 or 8" wide. Fold each sheet in half to make little folios that you will then nest inside of each other, 5 folios to a signature (or gathering or booklet).
Step 2. If you want a hard back to your book, slide a piece of light cardboard into the bag, and push it all the way to the bottom. When turned horizontally, the cardboard part of the bag will be to your right. Before doing anything else, sew a seam down the center of that end of the book to keep the cardboard from scooting around.
As you can see here, the open end of the bag is to the left when the book is open. You can leave it like this to use as a pocket for holding pens, small watercolor brushes and small mint tins of watercolor or money or keys or whatever else you want to keep inside the front cover pocket. Or you could slip a second sheet of cardboard in there to make a hard cover.
I left my cover open to use as a pocket. To close everything up, I fold the left side under and slip an old produce rubber band around the book. These paintings are all of stuff I picked from the square foot garden this afternoon and used in the paella tonight. You can see how deformed the okra is. I don't think it's getting enough heat and light. Put the four new plants in today while it was raining.