Monday, April 26, 2010


I didn't think I would like using water soluble crayons as much as I do. Now I wish I hadn't been so conservative and only got the box of 10! They are so fun, and I half wonder if I'll ever take out my watercolors again. My four week "Vivid Journaling" class is over and it led me to make pictures unlike what I usually make. And write more than I usually write. I think this is a good thing, but I still like to look closely at the little things I come across. I saw a ladybug on the sidewalk last Friday...very close to where I saw the katydid last year. Those bugs sure like Charles Street, even if there isn't a lawn in sight. I think a crayon is too thick to color a ladybug, so I suppose I'll still be friends with my watercolors too.

What did you find on the sidewalk today?

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I'm experiment with making collages and experimenting with not concerning myself too much about how they turn out. But I cheat a bit on the second half of the experiment. I actually do try to make it come out in a way that I will like - but I am truly trying not to try so hard that it keeps me from doing anything at all. For now, I am happy to have found something to do with the pictures I am drawn to, and save, but never know what do with them.

What could you do if you let go of worrying about how right you get it?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mopping up my thoughts

I started my Vivid Journaling class on Tuesday. It's technically a writing class, but I am making it into a drawing class as much as I can! My mop drawing came from the first 30 minutes of class. Today the sun is so bright and the temperature so warm it's hard to imagine that just a few days ago we felt like the rain would never stop and each day was an exercise in wresting with the wet.

I told my class instructor I finally decided to sign up for his class because I was intrigued by his name: Kendall Dudley. I figured he could go one of two ways with a name like that: grow up to drink fine wines and own a boat and wear sun bleached Nantucket red shorts, or join the Peace Corps and grow up to wear turquoise rings, stay curious, and teach interesting classes about exploring with writing and color.

What I want to know: do they still make those blue mops? A mop that was bright blue figures prominently in my childhood memories. Does anyone else remember those? Was it a Fuller Brush thing? Does Fuller Brush still exist? Mom?