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getting acquainted with the apple tree

We have this lovely apple tree growing just outside the wall around our studio building. So this morning I sat on the outside staircase and drew it. I think I'll try to draw this tree often; it feels healthy, like a really Zen/Franciscan contemplative thingymabob to do. I started out with an Arthur Rackham book sitting next to me, and I was being very precious with drawing the leaves. But then I got a big ink splodge in the middle of the drawing and stopped trying so hard and did some mucking about, and I think it turned out much better than it would've otherwise. I got ink all up my arms and it felt more like painting than drawing.

I had to take a picture of it because it's still wet, and now it's taped up on the studio wall. I was kind of embarrassed because I was getting texts from Gary and Viv who were running around doing Useful Things for the studio, and I was just sitting there drawing a tree, but ah, well.

It's handy having apples just outside, we've been eating a lot of them. Although we do get the occasional worm, here is Mercer the Maggot. He was very energetic and clambered around for a good while before we chucked him back outside. A little boy on his tricycle rode up to me and solemnly informed me that they were 'boisonous'. 'Poisonous?' I asked. 'No, boisonous'. So we have been well boisoned.



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Aug. 6th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
I think you just made 2 almost identical posts, except for the one paragraph about Arthur Rackam...
Aug. 6th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks! We're getting really dodgy WiFi internet service here (Viv's out buying a router) and I thought I lost the whole post the first time I did it. (And complained noisily.) I usually write it onto a richtext document, don't know why I didn't do that this time...

How's it going over in Brest?
Aug. 6th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)
Awful, just awful. We're having the worst summer ever. Even by Britanny's standards. Also, the first person to die with the swine flu (but not OF the swine flu) in France was in Brest, and now rotting seaweed on our beaches are emitting lethal gases.

Also, they are still digging up bombs from World War 2, and having half the city evacuated while they neutralize them.
Aug. 6th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Facky Nell! You got it bad, man. :-P
Aug. 6th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, Dale!
Aug. 6th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Apple maggot quarantine area apple maggot quarantine area!
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah! I guess it is a really big deal, especially with WA state apples...
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
nice painting
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
love the drawing -- particularly the wall, actually.
sounds like you guys are going to have a ball in that there studio!
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
Thanks, Will! Hey, did that Wilbur cheque go through? You'll have to come visit us at the studio when you're in town!
Aug. 10th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
sorry not to reply sooner -- been away for a few days -- yes, the cheque went through fine thanks did i not say...?
and yes, i'd love to!
Aug. 10th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Excellent! (I just couldn't remember about the cheque, but the replacement one was floating around the house looking lonely.)
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