28 April 2010
For over 6 months, Jayna has been asking for a dog of her own. Specifically, she wanted Maxwell to be her dog. We got Maxwell from a Scottie rescue group when he was 7 months old; one month later, we took him with us to visit our kids in Texas, including Jayna who was 10 months old at the time. They hit it off right away and have been great pals ever since.
Maxwell was rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri where he had been treated as a commodity, not an animal. No contact with adults. But the people running the place had grandchildren who played with the puppies. As a result, he bonded with children from the beginning but is shy around adults.
A few weeks ago, Jayna came to me and asked if Maxwell could stay in Texas when I go home and be her dog. Of course I said yes --- it will be good for both of them. Since I brought him with me this spring, he has been much happier . . . suddenly he is acting like a confident, happy dog. He just needed a child of his own.
25 April 2010
As soon as I began sketching, a very talented musician, Johan, began to play Clair de Lune on the piano. Everyone, including the Rabbi, sat up and listened . . . . it was THAT beautiful! When done, everyone present broke out in spontaneous applause.
So I altered my sketch of Rabbi Tom.
22 April 2010
The text was added later at my son's home. Even with daughter-in-law Carrie watching me, I dived right in to sketching without pencil guidelines -- scary but good practice.
13 April 2010
I quick-sketched this in a 20 minute challenge from a photo I took --- I've been a bit intimidated to try to sketch Josiah, so I forced myself to just jump in without time to niggle.
07 April 2010
Today Jayna shared some of her Easter egg hunt treasures with me.
05 April 2010
I haven't been working on the birthday gift for Mikala while busy with Josiah & Jayna. Too many sharp tools and tiny parts.
But on Sunday Jason's family spent the day with Carrie's parents --- good work time for me.
Having pre-sewn the individual body parts before my trip, I just needed to turn the parts, stuff them, join together with machine-screw joints, and stitch the openings shut.
Later this week, I'll start on the face, adding ears, eyes, and nose / mouth. Oh . . . and I still need to sew the clothes together.