The boys had wacky hair day at school today to raise money for the Cancer Foundation. You can't really see that we sprayed their hair blue - but don't they look cool?I have been enjoying some good books this week.
This book is by Gerard Smith the quy in the art shop, and is a down-to-earth, smart guide to acrylic paints, choosing colours, tools (brushes/canvas/palette knives etc), gel mediums, stencils/sprays, and some projects to get you started. I found it informative, and sometimes very funny. It is aimed at people who want to paint, but of course if you dabble in mixed media this can be applied. Libraries are wonderful for exploring this kind of topic. Also from the library, my current novel :
This book is beautifully written. I am enjoying the plot, but it is passages like this that I love :
I stepped again, and life moved to greet me. I felt particulate, like pieces matching pieces. I heard the benign crinkle of the trees as the wind swept into the branches, and the music of birds popping to life like individual instruments singled out from an orchestra.
And this description of a girl climbing ropes in gym :
Pip's hands went fast, fist over fist, with her legs crossed like wishful fingers, pinching to maintain counterbalance. Even in the gymnasium's fluorescent light, her hair gleamed like a length of satin ribbon. Ahhhhhhh.
And some blog love for you this week :
A fellow kiwi living not too far from me, and artistic talent Debrina's altered art diary.
From her latest post, this great link about women and art.
Nice series of sketchbook posts here (you'll like these Katherine they feature poppy seedheads motif) http://ginaferrari.blogspot.com/search/label/sketchbook%20project
That's it from me today....I don't seem to be able to do a short post!
Have a lovely weekend.