joy // play

illustration friday - tall

right then Poppy decided to grow tall

make a decision
reach for what you want

ha ha yes
thanks Poppy

I'm trying to decide which style of illustration I want to call my own
right now I'm a bit of a chameleon
having fun trying on different styles

but wandering through my favourite books I want to paint like that
and then like that, just like clothes on a rack

It's like mirroring someone
getting a feel for where they're at.

I used to mimic someones run and feel 
right through their shoes,
you know like that saying . . .

so if you were to feel into me
you might find I don't really know
right now

sometimes I want to be more ethereal and fast
I had some fun with watercolour

today I wanted more solid and real
and this is what we got :)

what are you playing with today??

illustration friday - Teacher

So there I was snowed in in the alps of Switzerland, far far away from the summer sea of my home and I started to doodle and what do you know out came these two and the words. 
Then drawing and drawing of surfing and swimming . . .

It helped me through the transition - my memories of going with the flow - literally. 
And in the times of feeling all clumsy and awkward, upside down on my skis or 
tongue tied with umlauts I smiled with my reverie of floating :)

Fast forward to this week and Illustration Friday - what fun to give these two some colour,  
the children painting beside me, learning how to mix colours :)

Illustration Friday - Freeze

Freeze like cheese!

A moment in time 
hair wild
smile as wide.

Used to be my favourite.
The grass, scratchy, summertime but windy,
with Lucy and Melissa,
brothers and sisters
and the salty sea smell.

Spun around on the end of an arm
and let go to land . . . how?

'Salt' or 'Pepper' choose.
'Pepper', faster, 
But when Toni came
might mean
to fly :)

join in have a play


finding YOUR way - it's not about winning

So I'm in the mountains again but this time to cheer on Oliver who is skiing in the Engadine Ski Marathon. He set doing this for the first time as his challenge of the year. It starts in his parents winter hometown so the going there wasn't a big deal but to see the place transformed as the 11,000 + skiers lined up and the disco music blasted and warm up crew had them all YMCAing was fun. Then the heart rousing 1492 theme counted them down to the big start. And off they went all charged.

It reminded me of the Swiss version of the City to Surf. It's never been my thing. How do you find your way in that sea of people? But this time I met it with new eyes and I saw that you could only find your way. There are maybe a couple of hundred who have any chance of actually winning so it's not about that for most. It's about having a go. It's about their personal best. For some that means time, some placing, some it's about the laughs and the team spirit and just making it.

We cheered on Snow White and her 7 Dwarfs, there were Pink Panthers and Disco Fro's, a Nun,  a Friar and a good gang of Mohawks. So you can do it with flair or bright coloured hair. We met the Bear. She was usually the fastest of her group but what the heck this time she was almost an hour longer - oh but the smiles she got and the fun and laughter gave her 2012 race the joy she was after.
Her father at 85 was making his 44th race and the guy on the train had the badges of 
all 17 he'd been in. And every one different. Everyone, in their own way.

Oliver got back with a first success and a new benchmark, the Bear came back with a Cheshire grin, the Grandpa a broken arm but still a smile, the man on the train with a new orange badge 
and a glow from inside.

What challenge have you set yourself ? 
It doesn't have to be a race. Where will you have a go? 
Then more importantly and much more significantly -  how do you want to play?