Saturday, March 14, 2009

Leaving, On a Jet Plane

Well, today's the day. The day I get on that airplane and fly all the way to California - Los Angeles, specifically - for the first time, to visit Jeff. I'm really excited, and amazed that I somehow managed to get everything into just a single suitcase (not huge, but the right size to take on the actual plane) and a carry-on! Very impressed, actually, since I've got all the clothes I wanted and there will be a bit of room in case I find something in LA that I just *have* to have - doubtful, since I'm sort of poor. But, we'll see.

The painting above is actually barely a painting at all - it's a mixed media drawing with some acrylic and ink touches. For the project, we were asked to travel around outside and make charcoal rubbings of strange things - thirteen, to be exact, I believe - and then bring it back inside and 'turn it into' something. There was an arc in the finished compilation that felt to me like a bridge, a bridge that people would be waiting in line for. I never really named it, but I supposed that a good name would be something like, "Industrial River Styx" or "Bridge of Sighs," (yes, I know who Robin Trower is. Try not to faint.)

For some reason, even though it's not green, it does seem to fit the "winter" section of Project Spectrum. The slow, mundane drudgery and slight despair of the cold here in Iowa, easily (and eagerly) about to be abandoned for somewhere much warmer....

Speaking of winter, I have finished one last "winter" FO. I made the Just Enough Ruffles scarf by Laura Chau, of Cosmicpluto, out of Malabrigo worsted in the natural colorway (undyed). The finished thing is gorgeous but not really my style (though it does look pretty cool with a leather jacket), and will be given to my mother as an early birthday present - her actual birthday is in April.

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