Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, November 05, 2010

NORMAL STRANGERS


The rooster Jack Bauer, after being given the boot by his fellow fowl, has found a new home among the goats. He has moved his roosting place into the goat pen and during the day he wanders the property with the goats. It appears he has informed the goats of the cat Lil' Bear's attempt to lead them astray. Sometimes the guinea fowl will join the goats and Jack. They all seem very much at home in the company of strangers.

Speaking of strangers, my portrait art community is no longer a group of strangers. There is something about studying the face of a person in order to draw them, and suddenly starting to feel like you know them. I have drawn over 60 portraits and believe I would recognize these individuals and call them by name if I ever ran into them. Twenty in turn have drawn my portrait. Of course one that I treasure most was done by our good friend Ileana "Ily". I don't believe she will care if I share it here.

Isn't she a wonderful artist!!!

Hubby has visitors coming this weekend. One is a long time friend and the other is a stranger. We know the other visitor will be okay because he is traveling with our friend. Both are rather prestigious state officers of the VFW. I know that Ron is looking forward to war stories and a house full of testosterone.

My sleep study is finally scheduled for Sunday night and it could not come at a better time. I'll fix a big pot of soup and some desserts for the boys and be off for the night. Can you think of a better way to entertain guys than to go away and leave them alone while you sleep?

Tomorrow night we all need to remember to turn our clocks back. I truly relish gaining back this hour we lost in the spring. Enjoy your weekend and if our temperatures this morning are any indication, also enjoy some teeth-chattering weather.



16 comments:

  1. It surprises me how you can paint a portrait of someone you do not know really well. I did that in an art class in college...so I know it can be done. I am so glad that you Ily's work, because she is a good artist. Is there going to be a time when we see parts of this project?

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  2. All of my portraits by EAGHL (my artist name) are flashing on my blog sidebar in the Flickr box. Mine is contemporary folk art done with permanent markers.

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  3. A lovely drawing of you! So good that it makes me wonder what you are thinking. Good job, Ily. And I love the thought that your portrait subjects are friends you just haven't met yet.

    Jack Bauer is a handsome boy! And I am looking forward to falling back, too, and getting my lost hour returned to me.

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  4. I hope you get some answers from your sleep study. Thanks for the clock setting reminder.

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  5. Lynn -- You should see all the portraits Ily has completed. She is indeed and impressive artist. Yes, Jack is a handsome boy but he is very depressed since he lost his throne.

    Marla -- I am going to be terribly disappointed if the sleep study does not turn out some good solutions for me. An awful lot of bloggers have encouraged me about the difference made in their lives.

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  6. Ily is the best!!!!!!!! She did a wonderful sketch of me that's hanging right near my desk!

    I hope you get your sleep problems solved!!!!!

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  7. Love the tales of your animals. I think you have hit on the right time to do your sleep study.

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  8. A renegade rooster - I love it! :)

    Hope the sleep study goes well, Annie, and offers all the information you need to resolve the sleep issues and hope Ron has a great weekend, too.

    Illy's portrait is lovely. She captured that essence in the eyes...which brings it to life. Beautiful!

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  9. Kay -- I remember the portrait Ily did of you and it was great.

    Beverly -- And the animal tales are all true:)

    Talon -- The rooster just shows that we can all find someone to love us. Hey, I see your conclusion to the witch story in my google reader but can't open it????

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  10. Ily is a talented artist. :)

    I really hope your sleep study goes well. Sounds like perfect timing anyway. :)

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  11. That's a very nice drawing.

    Good luck on your sleep study!!

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  12. it was 80 degrees at 10:30 this morning! no teeth chattering for me :(
    wonderful portrait!
    xoxo

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  13. I do feel like you're a dear friend I've yet to meet...and I appreciate your kind words (the others' too).

    I know what you mean about feeling like you know the "guests" at the portrait party. I feel the same way about the live models I draw. It's a great thing to be a part of, and your work is amazing. I always look forward to checking out your colorful and expressive marker drawings. Keep up the good work!

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  14. Nice pic! You are both very talented.

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  15. Hope that your sleep study goes well Sunday night, Granny!

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  16. I think it's great Jack found some new pals! Great portrait by Illy too!

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