Posts Tagged ‘color’

Indian Summer (October Challenge: Day 8)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The thing about fall in the Bay Area is that it is incredibly subtle, and it’s taken 15 years for me to develop the sensitivity to notice it. To an East Coaster used to dramatic autumnal color changes and huge temperatures shifts, fall in Northern California is a bit underwhelming. Even though we get most of our warmest days of the year during September and October, the air develops a crispness (particularly at night) and some even trees lose their leaves.

But unlike the east coast, winter here is the greenest season, when the rains feed the plants and major growth happens. Temperatures rarely drop below the mid-fifties during the day and frost only comes a handful of times at most. The most dramatic shift is actually the wintry light – even though it doesn’t feel particularly wintery, the light shifts as the sun sits lower in the sky. Shadows are different. And, even in the greenness of it all, it’s winter-like. Albeit a mild one.

And so this afternoon, we enjoyed a beautiful fall day in Oakland – the sun was warm, but the air was crisp. The light cast it’s autumnal shadows and we enjoyed the season. We had our first rains last week, and the garden is starting to green up. Here are a few snapshots of our day:

Chasing bubbles...

 

... caught one!

Art - au plein air.

All smiles!

By the power of technology - Grand Dad was able to join our outdoor fun... from Pennsylvania!

Spray bottles make for hours of artistic and watery fun!

It was a lovely afternoon, full of family time and fun. We’re gearing up for a dramatic and stressful few weeks here at THL (more on that later), and so a day of simple fun in the backyard was the absolute PERFECT way to spend the day. It was lovely to just stop and enjoy the fleeting moments of indian summer. Tomorrow the week starts, and we’re off and running again.
~Susan

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Creative Endeavors (Day 5)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Crayons. Markers. Pens. Pencils. Chalk. In Ryan’s world they are all one: Colors. As in, “Colors, Mommy!” Translation: “Give me that writing implement right now!” We’ve had a few sit downs recently over the appropriate use of colors (on paper, only on paper) and their inappropriate use (walls, kitchen surfaces, leather couch). But all-in-all, we’re pretty excited with her new fixation. Dan’s an artist and I’m kind of crafty, so coloring represents the first time we can actually be creative with Ryan. Together. As a family.

Cereal and coloring - of course!

The artist explaining thel nuances of her work.

So, how great was it to arrive at pick-up and be given this beauty to bring home?

Creative Genius!

The first of many, many to come. I can’t wait.

~Susan

The Possibility of a Blank Canvas (October Challenge Day 2)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Sunday is supposed to be the day of rest. But somehow, it’s one of our busiest days of the week. It’s always full of grocery shopping, farmers markets, laundry and cooking for the week. Inevitably, we think we’ll still manage to squeeze in something social or shopping or whatever. Today was no different, and here we are at the end of the day with time waning and a busy work week looming before us. Of course, my to-do list still has items on it, and I have no idea when they’ll happen – next Sunday, I guess?┬áSo, rather than dwelling on all the mundane things I did today, and the rest that I didn’t, I thought I’d share a bit about a fun and more creative project we took on last weekend.

Recently , Ryan has taken an interest in colors and coloring. So, we painted two 2′ by 4′ plywood boards with chalkboard paint. Tough, eh? Probably the easiest kid-oriented home improvement project ever undertaken.

They might not look like much. But really, these are canvases for HOURS of entertainment to come. $20 INCREDIBLY well spent.

 

Artists at work.

Early typographic training is underway!

Erase and repeat.

The artist in her element.

Plywood, a can of spray paint and some chalk. BRILLIANT.

And so, as we start our week and get caught up in the day-to-day melodrama of life and work, here’s to keeping our perspective fresh, creative and new – with eyes open to the possibility of blank canvases…

~Susan

Color Musings

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

This has been a rather quiet blog lately, what with all the traveling, wintry sniffles and general lack-of-sleep going on.

And so, in the interest of posting regularly and keeping my mother our readers happy, I bring you Ryan’s latest musings on color theory and the role of aesthetics in the 21st Century. Enjoy!

There’s more action coming this way soon! Promise!

~Susan

Color Series: Aubergine

Monday, July 12th, 2010

One of the upsides to taking digital photos is that I can take bazillions of photos of any given event just to make sure that I get the right shot. No need to put up with closed eyes, strange expressions or out-of-focus shots any longer than necessary. It’s great. However, the downside is that I now have nearly 1,000 pictures of my kid on my iPhone. I go through and delete the lousy ones on a relatively regular basis, but somehow I have still managed to generate a sizeable collection.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to embrace my photographic pack rat-ism and call it “art”.

I now present the first installment in my Color Series (alternate titles: “Still Life with Kid” or “The Photographic Meanderings of an Obsessed Parent”).

I call this one: Aubergine

Hey, everyone needs a hobby, right?

~Susan