Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Too much to love

I love my husband. My home. My children. My faith. My job. My parents. My friends. My family. My city. My neighborhood. My musical playlists (the last one is to the lament of almost everyone). Its pretty annoying. Actually, the only thing I really have to complain about is that my dog eats crayons.

That and (perhaps, come to think of it, relatedly…) my lack of time for illustration. I need it. Like people need alone time. Or gym time. Or bottle-of-wine-time. 

I don’t need those other kinds of times. But I do need time with just paper and ink. Pencil and water. So I’ve started soliciting-against other people’s needs and offering artwork in exchange for a must-needed-cork in my pathless artistic outlet. Because for right now, I need to illustrate their ideas. For some reason, I have none of my own. 

So a few weeks ago I created invitations for my niece’s birthday. She was having a Cinderella-theme party and I asked my sister-in-law can I pleeeee-ase try? Being a merciful person, she acquiesced and let me at it.

And believe me. I did. Just the few moments with the paper. My little ball jars lined up. I sketched, outlined, painted, scanned, put on a text-overlay (its called Harrington if anyone else happens to fall in love with it) and sent it to the printer (with a press!). I picked out envelopes. And you know what? They even came in the mail. It was all pretty exciting.  

And I think through the exercise I learned that just as the heart was made to love, my hands were made to create silly and completely useless pictures. And I am starting to really be okay with that. My guess is that H & S actually enable this freedom - and they always have enabled it. I used to blame it on the fact that I couldn't understand what they were saying that I just didn't listen (I really had no right to do that considering one of Henry's first clear words was - I kid you not - helipad).

I was grocery shopping with the twins recently and we were in the cashier's line; on the cover of one of the nearby magazines was a picture of the royal couple (of the British variety) and a speculation about their baby. Something along the lines of: Could it be twins

The woman checking out in front of us caught my gaze and said distractedly, “Twins! Wouldn’t that be awful?!”

“No,” I said. “I think it would be the greatest thing that ever happened to her...”

Thursday, February 14, 2013

So, how's it been?

So, hi.

I guess I’ll try to jumpstart this online space after a ten-month absence. I had this vision that as Henry and Sophia got older, I would have more time to record, create, document, reflect (I know, the well-seasoned among you can fling your head back and laugh. It was an honest mistake). So we’ll just proceed like I am gifted in time-management and that this blog has been going all along.

A lot has gone on. Many trips to the library (and so many books checked out that they actually shut down my library card). I-kid-you-not. Having a husband who now works in the CW/Mars system has absolutely no benefits at all (Sorry, T, you’re still great and all…). But after a tot-sized-rebellion, all was well again (NB you can take the I-pledge-to-read-X-number-of-books-over-the-summer at two, but you can’t get a library card until you are five; the twins are drafting letters to the board of trustees, pictures forthcoming). We also had a birthday. I know. We turned three. They both got cameras.

And their first board game – Candy Land. We are still actually developing the skillset to play the game (the windy path keeps catching them – that and the whole pictures of sweet things that move you potentially forward or backwards and/or place you in mortal peril). But fear not because Cappy is the best possible teacher ever.

Sophia also got her own set of watercolor pencils.

Okay, sidebar, seriously its been awhile and now I realize Henry and Sophia’s stories have grown up a bit, but I have to say. My daughter is a maniac. Last summer she asked for watercolor pencils after using mine (a nice near-vintage-set of Derwents I’ve had forever). I got her the standard Crayola and thought all-was-well. And….she didn’t like them. I found them inside the baseboard heater, behind her bed and even a rogue one stuff inside a cushion. Fine. I asked her, what would you like? She said “Mama’s pencils.” So, being uber supportive of her budding artistic talent, I got her some. And now I ask you, what three-year-old gets $42 colored pencils on her third birthday?!   



And guess what?

She still prefers her mother’s. 

(I drew her the picture of the mouse above with *her* set to show her that they worked the same. No dice.)