That Night He Had a Stomachache

Back from another drawing class.  Today was a landscape using pastels.  I’ll finish next week and post a photo.  I’ve been trying to finish some of the pieces I started a while back.  That would include my map series.  Some of them are maps made with different mediums and some are pictures made with maps.  This first one is a map made of old postage stamps.  I put the continents on the kind of paper I remember my mom using to mail packages.  Instead of twine though, I stitched with a shiny, metallic looking thread.  I’m still deciding if I want the strands to be thicker.


Probably, because you have to get up fairly close to see them well.


The next one I used old maps and arranged them to look like a quilt.  I’m not quite finished.  I need to add some “binding,” (made of paper).


This last one  also needs some a binding, but with fabric.  Old maps and paint chips, fabric and stitching.  Another quilt.


I’ve been jumping around using different mediums.  I decided to attempt an acrylic of my first sheltie in an expressionist style. I’d been looking through books on The Fauves.  He was primarily black with a little white.  My teacher said that black should never be used, but rather a mix of dark colors.  It was too late for that, because I had already finished.  But my son approved, telling me it looked like an Eric Carle painting.  He’s the one that wrote “The Hungry Caterpillar.”  OK, I’ll go with that.


To keep with children’s animal themes, I’m finishing up with a photo of a very quirky planter, (actually two).  One does not hold a plant at this time, but the plant in the deer continues to thrive despite the VERY small space to grow.  It even flowers every spring/summer.


On Saturday he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomachache.

Eric Carle,   “The Hungry Caterpillar”


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