Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunar eclipse

I spent a good portion of the last night on my balcony with a camera, taking picture of the total lunar eclipse, aka "blood Moon". It was a pretty chilly night, so I put on every piece of clothes I managed to find in a dark apartment. My hubby was sound asleep.








Thursday, April 10, 2014

Famous artist in the house

Celebrated LA visual artist Synthia Saint James spoke yesterday in Washington State University. Doctor St. James was sporting one of her many Chinese silk jackets: this one was  a lovely turquoise blue with rich embroidery.  Great painter with an impeccable instinct for shape and color, she is also a uber-ninja of self-promotion. Excited public went "awww" after every announcement of her next progressively humanitarian and socially important project. It's funny how being in a spirit of doing good and making positive change in the world makes an artist unmistakably trendy.


I am sure that she's a perfectly nice lady and I know that she is an exceptionally talented artist with bold, unique vision, but I couldn't help but wonder: is she ever do something that wasn't aiming for Nobel peace prize? And does any speaker needs to be presented not by one, not two, but three people?And it wasn't helping that everybody, including people in the documentary they shown us, spoke about Ms. St James achievements in terms of quantity: she created this many book covers, made this and that many projects, won this and that award etc. And what with all the name-dropping: starting with people and ending with countries? Maybe I shouldn't be that sarcastic, but instead learn how to do marketing from a real master.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sunnyside Hill

My carpal tunnel acted out again, so I decided to spend yesterday outside, sketching. It's healthy to hold a real pen and pencil ones in a while instead of a computer mouse.

After a careful consideration of a bus schedule, sunlight angle and an annoying fact that I draw much better when I am interested in a subject and I can be  interested in a subject only when it's new to me, I decided to travel to a yet unexplored part of a town. At 10 AM I was already climbing Sunnyside hill.


I was heading toward a big green spot on my map: Sunnyside park. "Nothing special, just a picnic area", - I was told before, so I didn't have very high expectations for the place. Well, what is the antonym for "disappointing"?  "Appointing"? That was it. Very much appointing. 

The park itself was, indeed, just a big open space with a small lake and a big gunge gym, occupied by the miniature Americans and their mommies. But all around the park life became very very interesting. First, I stumbled upon a small very old cemetery with moss-covered marble headstones and tall dry grass, where  flocks of quails were galloping with  panicking screams. California quails (Калифорнийский хохлатый перепел in russian) are so funny running with their little plums dangling! Absolutely ridiculous. Local small-eared bunnies are on the second place in redonkulous contest. Rabbits are timid in this area. I found Montreal rabbits to be much more cheeky.  


There is a nice-size seep-and-llamas farm running alongside the Sunnyside park. I didn't understand if it was an interdependent business or they were affiliated with the park, but farm animals seemed to use park visitors for feeding. I mean they beg them for bred and such, not actually eating them. Children were ecstatic, and seep posed for picture suspiciously well. 

The park hill also offered a nice tall vantage point. Great view on nearby farms and fields. This red barn on a concrete ground base was in  such a perfect stage of picturesque shabbiness, I wondered if the owner knew it and preserved it this way.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Music in the library

Almost every Friday in WSU library atrium somebody sings or plays instruments. It's a series of informal free concert, put together by the school of music. I dropped by today to see and listen and surely to sketch a little.




And then I rewarded myself with a little sushi...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Two hours before storm

This is the time window I was promised this morning. But it's already past 12 and sun is shining




 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sketch Wednesday in CUB

Went to WSU art gallery yesterday to participate in Sketch Wednesday. It was a nice setting to do some fast people sketching and some portraits as well. Students brought their art and craft projects, DJ was spinning records and a corner bar provided mocktail ans cookies. I think I was the only one who was actually sketching. Many people drew, but it was more comic and fantasy style drawing. I was also the only person old enough to get a real cocktail (not that they have any).


And some details and portraits:
James with his line of clothes "I'm James"


DJ Isis on the turntables

Shannon Roberts knitting


Marielle with her cute stuffed sock buddies


Frederick in his own world, drawing