How to Draw a Radish

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Check this site from Joy Sikorski (aka Joy Radish).
Lots of clever drawing ideas and lessons for
"For Grown-Ups who are Fun, and for Smart Kids
(and All kids are smart, of course!)"
The lessons reminds me of Ed Emberly's 'how to' lessons and are great for kids learning shapes and their relationship to each other to create bigger images.  
And with the Headline
"ALWAYS HAVE FUN AT WORK, that's what work is for"
Joy also gives us great projects to amuse yourself in your cubicle. 

The Amazing Lyrebird of Australia - Unseen Footage

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Celebrate Whats Right With the World

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In this 22-minute short film, "Celebrate What's Right With The World", Dewitt Jones (world-class photojournalist for the National Geographic) asks: "Do we choose to see possibilities? Do we really believe they're there?" He assures us that there is always more than one right answer. Celebrating what's right with the world helps us recognize the possibilities and find solutions for the challenges before us. This inspirational, best-selling film utilizes stunning photography and powerful dialogue to help viewers approach their lives with celebration, confidence, and grace. "As I celebrated what was right with the world, I began to build a vision of possibility, not scarcity. Possibility... always another right answer." - Dewitt Jones
Inspirational and made me think of Una and her wish to be a wildlife photographer. Enjoy.
Celebrate What's Right With The World

Road Trip ToThe Stinking Garlic Festival!

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So yesterday we took a road trip up to Washington's Long Beach peninsula. The first destination planned was the Ocean Park Annual Garlic Festival. I found myself as disappointed as British fur trader John Mears in 1788 when he named nearby Cape Disappointment [link] after his inability to locate the Columbia River's mouth. Because you know it's only several miles wide and a few nautical miles south of where he was! I counted three vender's selling anything garlic related and two guys walking around dressed up as bulbs of garlic. So if this is what constitutes a garlic festival these days I'll stay home and roast my own. I was looking forward to garlic ice such luck.

After walking around the other vendors selling their typical Sunday market kind of stuff we ventured back south a little. This brings us to the city of Long Beach. Touristy town with t-shirt shops and carnival rides, enough for the girls to be interested in for a while anyway. We started off with a horse pulled carriage ride through downtown. The main attraction here of course is Jake the Alligator Man. The questionable mummified remains of a creature with an alligator body and the head of a small human (shrunken maybe). [link]

OK, our seashell souvenirs in hand from Marsh's Free Museum [link] we headed across the street to the bumper cars. Woo Hoo, you know how that goes.
Off to the bakery and then the beach, tide was too high and coming in so we couldn't drive far on it. Unfortunate, it being "the longest beach" and all.

It was quite the whirlwind day of traveling after a couple of hours on the beach we headed further south and homeward stopping for a short hike to the North Head Lighthouse [link]. This is at the Cape Disappointment State Park [link]. It's a short easy stroll to this lighthouse and there is another nearby only slightly more strenuous of a hike to get to. Una and I (Dad,duh) got to take the tour inside and up to the top. What a view! Kaya could not go because they have an age limit of seven and our friend Sara couldn't either because she had on sandals. But we waved to each other and took pictures of each other from the ground and the top of the lighthouse.
View our photo album online. [link]

I think it was pretty much coffee break from there and then the ride home, girls slept on the way and woke up when we pulled into the driveway so then it was a late night of watching the BBC's Planet Earth series. I highly recommend this series now on DVD. The world we live in is amazingly incredible and how little we are aware of it is astounding. Get out and explore it!

Paper Monsters....

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Went to the Aquarium last and fed seals, Yea!

They are amusing but the local Aquarium is kind of pathetic. The girls enjoy it and it's fun being there with them as long as they enjoy it. Hey who doesn't enjoy feeding seals? We looked at the fish tanks and of course the touch tanks with assorted tide pool creatures, star fish and the like. I'll post pictures when I have time to edit them.

But thats not what this post is about.

Went to the beach and pranced delicately over barnacle encrusted rocks, scampering around real tide pools. We saw some really neat creatures and fish too. Forgot the camera at home so no pictures for you there either. We are having some really low tides this week and first week in July are expecting even lower low tides.

Thats not what I was intending on posting about either. I was just trying to catch you up.

I got some nutty idea a week ago about making Paper mache monsters. Actually it started with a want of making something out of paper mache. Then there was this broken piggy bank which actually looked like a cow(?). I liked the colors and shape of the funny little legs and somehow we came around to dinosaurs. I don't know, run with it I thought. The girls decided stegosaurus and brontosaurus were to be, and so they are. Well they still are coming into being. The original paste recipe has taken two days to dry. I wanted to make the shells stronger so after we coated the skeletal forms in paper and paste I painted them with drywall mud. (I was lacking in plaster of paris and figured hey this will be even stronger....right?)

That didn't work as well as planned, there was alot of shrinking and cracking. So I put another layer of paper and paste over the plaster shell and hopefully they will be dry for priming.

It was a big mess and lots of fun. I think Kaya enjoyed ripping newspaper up into strips. Una was still enthusiastic on day two but is tiring as am I of the drying time wait between steps. Damn! Instant gratification...Is it too much to ask for? Ahh patience...So in the meantime, here's what we got going on.

What's that, sunshine?

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We made it to the Cannon Beach Sandcastle day after all. The rain stopped wasn't exactly sunny, however we saddled up and went out to the beach. Not much of a turn out this year. I think that can be blamed on the weather. When we got there the beach was starting to clear out since the tide was on it's way in. We had time to walk the beach and see what sculptures were there though. Many seemed unfinished. There was one great one still underway with a crew of about six busily packing and carving sand. Wouldn't you know it though my camera battery died when we got to that one so I unfortunately did not get any pictures of it. Here's some pictures I did manage to get.

This all inspired the girls to want to play in the sand too of course. Then then needed to go to the we left the beach with intentions of returning. The public restrooms happen to be located next to the playground so naturally all plans of sand castle building were forgotten. We spent the rest of the afternoon on swings and slides.

We returned to Cannon Beach today with pails and shovels and a large array of plush toys and fairies only to have a last minute change of mind, theirs not mine, to return to the playground once again instead of the beach. OK fine with me. There's no picnic benches at the beach anyway. Next time I am bringing the laptop.

Sandcastle Day!

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June 7, 2008 Cannon Beach Oregon
Is been really rainy the last few days hopefully it lets up enough for us to go to the beach and see these amazing sand sculptures. Maybe we'll make one of our own!

About This Blog

....The further adventures of two imaginative little girls and their slightly befuddled father amidst a flurry of bits of scrap paper, glue sticks and cat fur, and the always present plastic ponies and stick horses. Welcome to our ongoing project to electronically document the results of our explorations of creativity and tormentations of love of the family wonder cat 'Wilson' and bunny 'Henri B. Rabbit'. (At no time was any actual serious harm caused to said pets. By the way the fish are not OK with you trying to pet them!) We hope you enjoy our work and mumblings. We will try to update regularly with our artwork and the occasional cool find on the web we think you might enjoy as well.