Pencil/Colored pencil. I took the January challenge. The Viewmaster was definitely one of my favorite toys and one of the few I still have. I still love it!!
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Favorite Childhood Toy, January 2010, Theme Challenge
Its me in my father’s old jacket, I loved to wear, with my favorite toy french rabbit, given to me by my father’s mistress at a time. I named him Tiopa. And amazing toy gun I loved to play with and kept under my pillow. I used 2 Conceal brushes for make up I got in CVS for ten bucks (mad cool) and watercolor Lukas in WC Moley.
When I was 20, I rode horses, swam, rode a bike, skied, but I never ice skated. My best friend, who visited me for sketching on weekends, once told me, there should be nothing in this world you can’t do, she said, trust me. And after midnight, when yard was empty, we went to the ice skating rink. Since that it was our little secret, we skated at night for years. She died 22 years ago. And I never ice skated since then. And never will. Watercolor and ink in Pocket Moleskine.
Favorite Childhood Toy
A stuffed Grumpy Bear was my very first stuffed animal (my sister had one, too, and there is at least one picture of us newly home from the hospital in our carriers with our grumpy bears tucked in with us) and it was my favorite toy all through my childhood. (The scanner washed out the lighter tones, as usual, but the idea is still there).
My favourite childhood toy – Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine
This is not exactly a childhood toy but we males never really grow up, do we?
The drawing shows a kite, built by a friend and I in 1972. We were interested in the possibility of taking aerial photographs so, with lots of help from Margaret, who sewed the fabric, this 5 foot monster was constructed. The main problem was how to activate the camera’s shutter but my friend came up with the idea of tensioning a spring next to the camera’s trigger, holding it, in tension, with a length of folded paper soaked in flammable liquid then inserting a slow burning fuse next to the paper. The kite was then launched and eventually the fuse would cause the paper to burn quickly releasing the spring and taking the photograph. We would be able to see the bright “flash” from the ground so we could haul the kite in for another go. This worked well for some weeks and folks used to gather in Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park, next to the Botanic Gardens, to watch the fun. Our experiment came to an abrupt end when the thing went on fire and the burning wreckage crashed into the park’s rose gardens. We were asked to go away.
There are two photos included with this ramble. This one shows an actual shot from the kite
and this one is a “Google Earth” shot of the same area.
* Tema Desafío : “Juguetes favoritos en nuestra Infancia”. (Enero 2010) ; Theme Challenge:” Favorite Childhood Toy”. (January 2010). —o— (Español): * Título: “La magia de las pequeñas marionetas”. * Técnica: Collage (papel) , pinturas acrílicas y tinta plateada. Me ha resultado muy difícil la elección. Recuerdo con mucha nostalgia: Mi muñeco “Nenuco” con chupete que me trajeron los Reyes Magos de Oriente Ese es el que más recuerdo con muchísima ilusión a los pies de mi cama al levantarme. ¡Qué enorme felicidad sentí!. Los Juegos educativos como : el Monopoly, El Quién es Quién, Las Palabras cruzadas. La máscara de la srta. Pepis; juegos de construcción como “El Tente”; las muñecas “Barriguitas”; la caja registradora de juguete con sus monedas y billetes; los cacharros de aluminio y frutas de plástico con las que jugaba a hacer la compra con mi prima… —o— * Title: “The magic of small puppets. * Technique: Collage (paper), acrylic paints and silver ink. I found it very difficult to choose. I remember with great homesickness: My doll “Nenuco” pacifier that brought me the Three Kings That is the illusion that I remember with a lot at the foot of my bed when I wake up. What great happiness I felt. He was one of the happiest moments of my life. Educational games such as Monopoly, The Who’s Who, the crossword puzzle. The mask of Ms. Pepis; building games as “Tente” wrists “tummies” puzzles, the toy cash register with their coins and bills; aluminum pots and fruits of plastic with which I played grocery shopping with my cousin …
My greatest Triumph (and the only one I made) so far!
Watercolour on a “large” WCB.
Actually the first one done by my freshly arrived Rosemary and Co set of excellent (and more than affordable) brushes! For those interested see the forum section “Art matter”.
Your greatest triumph, Tu mayor triunfo, December09, Theme Challenge
Título: “Tu mayor triunfo; Diciembre 2009; Tema Desafío”.
Técnica: Técnica mixta. (Tinta roja, acuarela y collage).
Explicación: He representado un Jeroglífico. Para resolverlo hay que seguir el orden de los números: 1º) “You” (En inglés significa “Tú”) ; 2º) el símbolo matemático de mayor “>”; 3º) Leer el titular del periódico en español ya que nos da la 1ª pista :”Aplastante Victoria” de R. Reagan (Sinónimo de Victoria=Triunfo) y seguimos la otra flecha y nos señala un trofeo. (Buscamos el sinónimo de éste: Triunfo). Solución del Jeroflífico: “Tú mayor triunfo”.
Espero que os haya gustado.
Title: “Your greatest triumph; Tu mayor triunfo; December09; Theme Challenge”
Technique: Mixed. (Red ink, watercolor and collage).
Explanation: I played a hieroglyph. To solve it we must follow the order of numbers: 1) “You” (In Spanish it means “Tú”); 2 º) The mathematical symbol for greater “>”; 3 º) Read the headline as it gives us the 1st clue: “Aplastante Victoria” – In English “Landslide victory” of R. Reagan (Synonym of Victory = Triomphe) and follow the second dart and shows us a trophy. (We synonymous with it: Triumph). Solution of hieroglyph : “Your greatest triumph.”
I hope you liked it.
Not like a flying brick – Pencil in a Moleskine Sketchbook
This is my entry for this month’s Challenge. It shows me, many, many years ago achieving what many golfers never do – two strokes on a par 5 hole. Lots of fellow players “achieve holes in one” at par 3 holes; this is called an “eagle” but few ever manage one better – an “albatross or double eagle”.
I was playing in a knock-out competition and was 4 up with 4 to play when we reached this par 5. My opponent had to win every hole to even tie the round and all I needed was a half, at any of the remaining holes, to win. My opponent was really fed up and had threatened to concede the match and walk in but I wanted to continue as I was having fun. I decided to play badly to extend the match and deliberately pushed my drive into long grass. It was debatable whether I could actually hit my next shot as I had difficulty seeing the ball. I swung slowly and an incredible thing happened. The ball shot out towards the distant green, 230 yards away, in the same way as a brick doesn’t. After, what seemed like an eternity, it reached the putting surface, ran across the green and dropped into the hole. The match was conceded and we walked in with my opponent muttering words like, “jammy b….” in true sportsmanship.
I’ve never repeated this feat. I suspect the golfing gods were just being kind to me that day ensuring that, as I tried to emulate the shot many times, I would keep playing for the rest of my life. This happened a long time ago – nearly 40 years. When I am awake, in the wee small hours, I sometimes play the shot over and over again in my mind and wonder if it actually happened.
Since it was so long ago I’ve drawn this in black and white.