Monday, June 30, 2014

Wildwood Picnic



We met up with some friends for a picnic at Wildwood Park in Puyallup. Myron and Sandi were in our ward at BYU (lo these many moons ago). They have four kids now!



Kate finds some friends.



This little guy was checking us out.



Sandi and baby Amelia (super cute!)



Kate, on big tree. The kids like to walk the whole length.



The stream is fun to play in! (A little messy.)  We had a fun time, and came home and got the kids cleaned up.  Wheee!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Two Pencil Portraits

I just finished these up for my friend Dawn. She wanted them done for her parents' wedding anniversary (which is, coincidentally, also my parents' anniversary--we figured out that they were married on the same day and probably very near the same hour.)




I've been busy with all the bathroom stuff, and then had to shift gears and focus on drawing for a while. It was a bit hectic but a good break. (What's that saying? A change is as good as a rest?) I did these on Canson art board, which I'd never used before but probably will again. 



In progress! This kind of hair is complicated and fiddly--it does take a while, but it's kind of fun to do.

I need a better pencil sharpener!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Baby Card



A quick card for Ida, who likes orange.

I don't think I've tried papercutting with watercolor paper before--it's pretty thick but it works!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Playing around in Olympia



We had a fun Saturday at the Hands on Children's Museum in Olympia. I had a Groupon voucher that was good for five people, so Kate's friend Liberty came with us.



Big chair!



You can do cool things with balls and hydraulics.



They've added an outdoor installation since we were there last year. This is a "Stick Works" sculpture by Patrick Dougherty. Lots of cool twists and turns to run through.



We spotted this in the art room.



The pin board is great fun! (I think the kids could spend hours playing with this.)



These pneumatic tubes along the wall shoot pom-poms and scarves into the air. The scarves get some really good hang time.



"Can I see my house from here?"



A quick lunch break!



We were headed back to the museum but got sidetracked by the wading stream out front. (Part of Olympia's East Bay Public Plaza. Really great idea--like a spray park, but more stream-ish.)



Off come the shoes!



These huge irises were all over the plaza. So pretty!



The girls spent quite a while in the stream (playing River Clan Warrior Cats).  Then we popped back into the museum for a quick run-around before it was time to go.



I love the light in this area.



Liberty is moving soon. (Sadness!) I know Kate was happy to be able to spend the day with her. We had a great time!