Before I head off to clean the house, prepare the side dishes and take my boy to play with the band at the Thanksgiving game, I want to leave you a present. A Thanksgiving visual journal to thank all of you for your friendship, support and inspiration this year.
Man, is this embarrassing. I've fallen behind on the very idea Julie (of Land of Lost Luggage fame) and I had dreamed up. I've even had the photos ready. And yet Getting Arboreal: A Nature Collection has been sitting in my iPhoto folder, neglected. Forgive me, friends.
Three of my tree friends were revisited for part deux. The lovely Japanese maple next door.
Can I just say again how much I love Japanese maples?
And a return trip to the pin oak planted to commemorate the 1912 Connecticut Constitutional Convention. I confess I got this one a little on the early side. As we drove by today we couldn't help noticing that all of the leaves are gone. Alas.
And my backyard buddy, the pink dogwood I like to call Rover.
I'm in an abstract and somewhat painterly mood. To wit:
No time to paint, no time to draw, no time to play in Photoshop, no time to work in my journal. There's not even time to write here the way I wish. But my little camera keeps my artistic spirit alive until I can get back to what I love. I'm determined to have art happen while I'm keeping up with my responsibilities. How do you do it?
Last Sunday we went to my sister's for a belated birthday celebration for the October girls -- me and Mom. The weather was gorgeous and one of my favorite photographer buddies and I set out to record the beautiful things in his neighborhood.
Then we came upon his neighbor's house. This wasn't any neighbor but a professional puppeteer who had worked on Sesame Street. His jack o' lanterns were a bit -- different.
Really different. These are only two vignettes. There were a half dozen more.
Back home, Joseph's little brother had art that continued the theme. Love this crow!
Soon it was time for dinner. What else could you expect from a family of artists but colorful food?
And a surprise guest. Notice the blue painter's tape. Obviously he had been making art, too.
Then it was time for the beautiful, homemade pumpkin cake. Please note the soccer ball being held by the young lady in the background.
No sooner were the candles extinguished than the soccer ball accidentally landed right on the top of the cake. Easiest method of extracting candles, ever.
She was embarrassed but you know what? That cake was scrumptious and we all had seconds. Can't beat a birthday celebration like that!