Monday, September 14, 2009

First grade

DSCN9681, originally uploaded by nora_gardner.

E began first grade last week at our local Waldorf School. She loves it and can't wait to get there in the morning each day. She seems so much happier now that she is in school. She has a large class and a teacher she loves. I am so glad to see her so happy as the last few weeks of summer vacation were a little rocky and she seemed to be really wearing out on being at home with me and L. I think she is getting to an age where she needs some time when she doesn't have a little sister begging to be a part of everything she does and I am so happy that she is going to a school where I feel she will be taken care of and taught well.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I am tired and I have spent the evening staring at my old art books wondering "what next?". I am finding it hard to feel enthused about drawing things outside the kitchen somehow... in this Autumn weather somehow I am pulled unavoidably to draw pears and apples, garlic, fresh baked bread... to caress their contours on the page as though caressing the fruit itself. I remember painting some apples once in watercolor.... those apples live forever in my memory so that I can almost smell them, taste them 8 years later

I think I may be obsessed with two things... art and food

I wrote a letter to a friend recently about wishing I could set up an easel in the produce section and draw and paint there all day.... and, while I didn't actually set up at the grocery store, I did set up in my kitchen... I love drawing in the kitchen... the familiar contours of garlic, peppers, the dirt still clinging to mushrooms, bowls full of apples and pears. My two passions converge in the kitchen... art and food... and I am happy there.