Illustration Friday: Daring, or Hotter Than H

When I first saw the new topic for Illustration Friday, I thought for sure I’d have to recycle the rock-climbing drawing I did back in the February blog archives, but then suddenly *BING* I had a new idea as I lay on the sofa and thought about Russ judging barbeque at the Rock-N-Ribs festival this weekend. He’s a certified barbeque judge, something that lots of people seem interested in talking about about, so I thought barbeque would also make a good subject for a drawing and a quilt.

Click on the drawing to see a larger image, but if you still can’t read the writing, PaMdora’s bottle says Sauce for Sissies, the chef’s apron says I’m Hot You’re Not, and the trophy says 1st Place – Hotter Than H. On a quilt you’ll be able to read this because the quilt would be about 54″ x 45″ (not quite Viking size, eh?) I must be vertically challenged in more ways than one, since I tried all weekend to make a vertical design, but it just wanted to be horizontal.

The point of really good barbeque isn’t to make it hot, it’s to make it good, but for me to even consider eating barbeque with my recent attacks of acid-reflux is DARING. Oh, and if any of you are interested in the barbeque judging thing, it’s a very nice hobby. Since Russ has taken that up, I can lie around eating good all summer because he’s become a very good cook and can grill just about anything. Entertaining is so easy, I just make a salad and he does all the rest, yumm!

Speaking of vertically challenged, I had another inspiration for a Daring Drawing, but not enought time. Russ also kept me entertained all weekend by running up and down a 20′ ladder next to the house, peeking in the window at me on the sofa.

He has just bought a new super-duper antenna that is supposed to bring in all sorts of high-definition local channels to compliment his dish channels, so he was running up and down, up and down to adjust the antenna by tiny amounts, calling me on his cell phone from the roof. Since I don’t know how to change channels using the 43 remotes that are strewn across the coffee table, I wasn’t a very good assistant.

I did finally make it out of the house at the end of the weekend to go across the street for a neighborhood Baseball and Sushi Party. It was a fund-raiser to send a local band of grizzly muscians called the Garbanzos to Japan for a sister city festival exchange. Russ grilled teriyaki hotdogs, and there was sushi, more barbeque and brats, baseball, trampolines, a silent art auction, and Asahi (I even had a little sip!)

Illustration Friday: Reinvent

I guess I still have hair on the brain since last Thursday’s post Hairy Relationships, because when I decided to join Illustration Friday, a weekly illustration challenge, this is what I came up with. This week’s topic is “reinvent.” Even if you don’t join, it’s fun to go to the web site and see the many different ways people interpret the topic.

Wicked Wendy

After watching the finale of Project Runway, I did this PhotoShop collage with altered orgami paper, old magazine ads, and the font Kiddie Cocktails from Although I put skulls on the girls’ dresses, it still looks like it needs something else…daggers coming out of their eyes maybe.

I wasn’t really interested in Project Runway when everyone else was watching it, but Russ with his usual foresight, Tivo-ed it for me. I couldn’t believe how evil and erratic Wendy was and kept wondering if they paid her to act that way. If Wendy and Kara Saun hadn’t been fighting the whole last show, they would have had trouble filling two hours, but it gave me heartburn.

But in the end it was worth it to see Jay win. I loved what the judges said, about his work seeming original and straight from inside of him, very unique and not too serious. That part was very uplifting.

Inspired by Dog Blog

Happiness is…clearing a really big project off your desk, to free up the afternoon for art! Oh, and did I mention the sun is actually shining, and the swank new moniter for I got for Valentine’s Day is now hooked up…

My muse came in on a parachute today. No, really I was looking at Michael Wertz’s Dog Blog and Wig Blog. It’s been a while since I’ve checked his site, and now I see he’s working on a new one, 100 Special Things. I love his style, and his idea to use a blog to experiment with new techniques. Maybe I’ll start doing a drawing a day… yeah, right!

Fear of Heights & Weddings

Ever tried climbing up one of those manufactured rock-climbing walls? I never have until yesterday.

I serve on our regional Parkboard, and although I’m not really into golf or softball or tennis, I am kind of a cheerleader for alternative things in our parks, like the skatepark, the dog park, and now the rock-climbing wall.

Yesterday I got a fax of the agenda for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and when I got to the part that said, “then Pam climbs up the wall to cut the ribbon,” I thought I better get to the gym and practice.

With the help of a couple of kids working at the gym, after six tries I got halfway to the top. The hard part isn’t the climbing, the hard part is I’m afraid of heights.

I was the kid who was scared jumping off the high-dive. The second time I tried, I was terrified. The third time, my swimsuit dried in the sun, and I had to push the other kids off the ladder to get back down to ground level.

My only other significant jump from a high place was at my wedding. Russ, being the eccentric romantic that he is, had proposed to me as he was jumping from a cliff at Tablerock Lake. This cliff is called Battleship Rock and it can be 20-25 feet from the water depending on the lake levels.

So we decided to get married on that cliff, and our friends and family could attend the wedding in a small fleet of pontoon boats. I hadn’t planned on jumping off the cliff, but standing on hot rock in the June sun in a full wedding dress for 45 minutes waiting for a flock of pontoon boats can really change how you think about things.

After about 15 minutes the water below started to look really nice, and after about 30 minutes, I was glad I had put a swimsuit on under the wedding dress, just in case…(and here, something borrowed, something blue had a special meaning.)

By the time our short ceremony was over, I was really ready to peel off the wedding dress. I still hesitated at the cliff edge, but Russ grabbed my hand, and together we took the plunge.

Every anniversary for the last 15 years he asks me if I’m going to jump again. I always say, maybe next year. But tonight, I did go back to the rock wall and this time I got to the top THREE times!

Which reminds me, someday I’d like to do a wedding quilt. There’s all kinds of funny stuff I could put in the background, like the Celtic band on a slowly sinking hand-made raft, the surprised look on the summer kids just out for swim, my nephew on a rock ledge singing an acappella wedding song…

72 Art Quilts & 1 Drawing

Yoga 101-Pretzel Pose

This morning I did yoga in front of the big window again, and the falling snow was mesmerizing. It was beautiful last night also, falling heavily as I left the studio. This is the first snow we’ve had this year.

Yesterday I was feeling like I got a whole lot of nothing done, because I’m so wanting to finish some work for the show — but instead, two remodeling jobs in progress, ordering new signs, three heaters malfunctioning…PLUS an hour talking to a reporter about the show, a newspaper photographer in my studio, and typing the list of all our quilts for the show. Here’s the exciting thing:

72 WORKS OF ART! I had no idea we would have that much! Not that we’re going to hang all that, but it gives us a really good base to select from. I’m so excited!

At the end of the day, I finally printed out a pattern for one of my yoga sketches. I hadn’t thought it was very good, but seeing it life-size on the wall (30 x 49) got me so excited that I stayed late to do a color study. Here’s a drawing, although I still have to work on a few things.

Today I’m going to work all day in the studio, first to start pulling fabric for the design. I imagine it will be a slugfest as usual.