The 30 minute drawing challenge continues this week, with varying levels of success. Some, like this first one of an old country home, I really am proud of. I can’t believe I squeezed that much detail into 30 minutes. The strangest thing has been happening: I’ve been finishing my drawings before the 30 minutes are up! Then I find myself staring at the screen going “What should I add?”
How have you been this week, dear reader?
This past week, I’ve been brewing my own ginger beer… actual alcoholic ginger beer! I followed this recipe, hunted down some organic ginger so that the pesticides wouldn’t kill the fermentation, and created my own little ginger bug. It was really easy and didn’t take too long. The five day fermenting time passed quickly. Yesterday I brewed the actual beer with the ginger bug and filled up a few bottles to sit. Tastes pretty good, a little too much like molasses for my taste, but I’ve only had a small glass and my cheeks are starting to feel a little numb. Looks like there is some alcohol in there after all! I’d like to make my own Ale soon.
My online course is taking up more time than I would like, and it’s more of an annoying obligation than an engaging education experience. Fortunately, the course ends next week. Unfortunately, my summer vacation ends next week too. I’ve got quite the to-do list for the next seven days: I graduate from my Masters program next week; LB graduates next week as well; I need to work on my lesson plans for camp and submit a final assignment. It’s going to be a busy week and then work starts the week after. I’m going to have to work extra hard to find time for my art, but considering it is what I enjoy spending my time on the most, I’m not too concerned.
LB and I saw the coolest piece of community theatre I’ve ever seen. It was called “Drift Seeds: a poetic parody for people living in absurd times” and it was put on by Red Dress Productions. The puppetry and costume design was amazing. It’s simplicity highlighted how ingenious it was!
Puppets were everywhere in Drift Seeds!
People performed private little puppet shows adding context to what was going on. These little birds bicker about carrying the coffin of Rock Robin around and debate taking a look inside.
There were also puppet shows which included masks! I just love how the puppet theatre was designed to sit on top of the actor’s shoulders, with a little opening for other stick puppets to enter from the side.
WEEKLY MEDIA ROUND UP
What am I watching? (in five words of less)
- UNHhhh w/ Trixie Mattel & Katya Zamolodchikova
“Yaas Queen give me more!”
- Silicon Valley
“Come for Jared. Stay for Jared.”
- Real Time with Bill Maher
“Please be informative, not selfish!”
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
“Please be informative, not ‘funny'”
- Oh, Hello on Broadway
“Funny jokes for theatre kids”
- The Eric Andre Show
“11 minutes of insanity”
What am I reading? (in five words or less)
- Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano
“Sad life for little birds”
- The Four Agreement Companion by Don Miguel Ruiz
“Way harder than it looks”
- I Hope I screw This Up: How falling in Love with your Fears can change the world by Kyle Cease
“Nice, but not for me,” or “Fluffy book, but good concept.”
- Wendy by Walter Scott
“Edgy Montreal art scene comic,” or “glad I’m not a partier!”
- Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
“So informative. Comic making bible!”
- The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do by Sarah Knight
“Fucks given = minimalism, intentional living”
That’s all for my week! I’m off to the local strawberry festival to enjoy some fresh local berries and ukulele orchestras with my folks. Have a great week everyone!
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