Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Hey, the baby is a boy! We are delighted to have a boy even though all our hunches told us that it might be a girl, so much for hunches. This baby already likes to suck its thumb and we were told by the ultrasound technician that the baby was smiling as one can see in the first picture. I think this will be a peaceful baby.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Sam looking gorgeous as her pregnant self in a wonderful self portraits. This one taken up at Maple Leaf while we were on vacation shows Sam at about 5 months pregnant. Tomorrow we will find out if the baby is a boy or a girl,, I am wondering if our hunches are correct..
Jude is something of a musician as we have noticed, and finds peace whenever one is singing or if he gets a chance to drum on things or strum on the guitar. Jude also sings in his baby language into anything resembling a microphone.
During our stay in Maple Leaf we took care of the farm pets, Tamarack and Cherry (named after trees) who were strictly outside dogs but would not leave the house area until you took them for a walk and then they might end up chasing things in the woods for a good long while until they decided to come back home. I myself took adventurous expeditions into the thick woods mired in wet areas and mosquitoes and often made my way along trails that ended abruptly or became more grown in until one could no longer distinguish a trail. On my second night I got lost, the woods going out endlessly with no house to come by, the dogs having left me long before and it began getting dark very quickly, the forest with its canopy of leaves made it ever more dark. I came upon a large pond and some clearings that still gave me no indication about where I was and I do admit after a good couple of hours I was getting a bit nervous. By my great fortune I heard a trampling of leaves and sticks and rustle of brush before me, which suddenly appeared the puppy Tamarack followed by his sister Cherry. They bounded up to me and then sat down with a look that said 'now where are we going.' I said to Tamarack hoping in some way that he might understand,, 'go home, where's home?' Tamarack began leading me through the woods but was much too savvy in his navigation through the brambles me to make my way through due to my size and so I had to call him back a couple of times. Eventually they lead me to the road that took me back up towards the house and I felt an extreme thankfulness for having such knowledgeable and loyal companions. Needless to say I gave them a good helping of treats when we got back to the house, which was just about when it began raining. The house had lost electricity for hours and Sam and I sat up by candle light for the night.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Sam, Grandma Jude and Little Jude went out yesterday to visit Jadin who is still a newborn. It is hard to believe that Jude was once so little though it was not so long ago. It is very strange how close Jude resembles me in this photograph when I was his age.
Without any prompting or suggestion Jude instinctively began shooting at us with the hose. He was born a saucy one. The only thing missing from this image is Jude's maniacal laughter at having us run away from his bold attempt to douse us with hose water.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Here is a snapshot of a painting that I am currently working on at present. It has been a very slow painting as I am working in specific areas at one time rather than my former paintings where I tend to jump all over at one time. I still establish my palette before getting started and I plan to work back into several areas again to create layers of color. I find it spooky when one of the eyes are missing but I tend to work towards those major facial features by establishing everything else first.