I have another 20 panel story being written and painted for Wapiti Music Festival, my third WonderWalk. It’s called The Other Side Of The Bookshelf and it’s about two kids from opposite sides of library hill who just adore books. Only 5 panels started so I’m only 25% happy.
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I’ve been running out of canvases so I took a painting out of Phoenix’s room and asked her what I could paint for her (I didn’t like the old painting) and she asked for birds. So I painted a family portrait using local birds. Roman is a mallard because he is mad for water, Rod is a chickadee because he’s fast and likes all seasons, I am a red wing blackbird because I love it’s song and Phoenix is a blue jay because she squawks and makes lots of noise, she’s bold and beautiful.
There’s a painting in Roman’s room too but I’m not sure I’m ready to paint over it just yet.
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Our little boy has shown an interest in basketball, which is great, but Fernie doesn’t have a sports store and I couldn’t find a basketball net anywhere, especially one for toddlers. We needed to create one ourselves. It’s a good thing we found basketball netting at Canadian Tire, at least, so that made it a little quicker to put together. Rod found scraps of wood around the house to create a net that is adjustable as they grow and he also found a wheel rim in a trash bin for the net. We thought about putting the net alone on a fence post but we also liked the idea of it being portable. Then we saw the sawhorse. It all came together so well. I’m sure one day this backboard will have a horse head painted on it but that might be a rainy day activity and we haven’t had a rainy day in a while.
I’ve started rewriting the story one sentence at a time and then going back to the beginning to see how it can improve. I’m not a writer so I’m going to have someone look at it before I start designing the pages. The layout of the book has also begun in thumbnail form. It’s about 20 pages long but making this children’s book involves much more planning and work than I’m used to. My paintings are spontaneous and my wood projects are barely drawn out.
I’m excited to show Phoenix our book when it’s done. I hope she’ll be proud of it one day.
I’ve decided to take on a new challenge/project. It all started when Phoenix asked me to climb into bed with her and tell her a story. I’m not one to make up stories so I was a bit hesitant. I managed to get out a short story and I even kept my little girl on the edge of the bed – not a tough thing to do as she’s a big lover of stories. I decided the next step was to write out the story so I could remember it, and she helped me remember some of the details, and, obviously, next I’ll try and turn it into a book. I’ll illustrate the pages, fix up the writing a bit and design a children’s book just for Phoenix. That’s a pretty cool idea! If I wanted to go the extra mile I could even print it out and produce it all right in my home. I used to make books for people and I really enjoyed it…back when I had time for it.
I decided to make a series of three red and white wall hooks and two that are bright and colourful. I’d love to just keep adding to both of these groups but there is limited supply of this particular wood scrap. Instead of making the wood knobs, which would magically turn them into wall hooks, Rod suggested using bolts and I’m warming up to the idea. He used bolts back in the day when he made a cedar key hook for our home.
I made these Wood Circles a couple weeks ago (here) and now I’m starting to play with them. I’m in the process of painting them and the next step is to add a couple hooks so I can put them on my little girl’s bedroom wall. I now need to decide if I’m going to try and make the hooks or buy them. Touch decisions.