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Whale-y Wonderful Mid-September 2018

The water is still very warm (~62); warm by Maine standards anyways. So plenty more swimming in our future. Especially with the wetsuits!

Now that the tourists are gone the beach has become a dog paradise.

These Irish wolfhounds are so cool!

Haha

One Saturday we arrived to the beach and it was foggy… and I got in the water and was swimming around in the waves looking at the horizon…and SAW A HUMPBACK WHALE FULLY BREACH.

!!!

My reaction was quite enthusiastic. Since I don’t have a photo to document my reaction I decided to try my hand at photorealism and draw the moment.

You’ll notice I’m making the international signal for “Wowowow I just saw a whale fully leap out of the water.” I ran to Smoochie breathlessly shouting whilst making these very grand gestures (my son said “you looked like you had just won the Olympics” haha). I also inadvertently got the attention of every person at the beach and everyone was scanning the sea.

Wait for it…

Thar she blows

The fog cleared and we spotted the whales a dozen more times that day!

It wasn’t until editing these pictures that we realized the whales also had babies with them!!
See the baby flukes on the left of the above picture?

And it is blurry but in the above picture to the left of the adult is a little baby whale tail! It was awesome. My daughter and I were taking a walk, looked out and got to see their tails with the cool white markings come up about 4 times. She said “Their tails are humongous!” We also saw them making big puffs of mist with their blowholes.

Boogie boarding

He slept through most of the excitement haha

Whale-y good nap

Beach a la Rothko

Some other scenic pictures looking very painterly:

The kids set up their own scenic photo shoot in our yard:

Haha! Pretty good, right? These are our favorite type of toy; they are Schleich brand and we enjoy collecting them (great gift idea for kids of all ages). The kids play with them but I also borrow them to display at times (see moose in cabinet below).

Baby admiring the curiosities

Don’t touch!

Enjoyed meeting this beautiful parrot (and even got a pile of awesome feathers to take home!!)

Blueberry sharks

Love this rockstar bird drawing!

Very 70s

Football season is in full swing and the Trojans have two more wins under their belts. #33 <3

Football fan/cheerleader in training

Little football fan

She also enjoys playing with this ADORABLE puppy at the games:


Fall Begins 2018

Azaleas having a mini second bloom

By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer. H.H. Jackson

7th grade!

7 months, 7th grade

1st grade!

Wild cucumbers

#33

First game was a win!

Baby with a haircut

Walking to dinner

Getting boogie board tips from his friend

Beach girls #locals Labor Day

I found some drawings that I enhanced with Adobe Photoshop years ago (I think 10 years ago!) And they are very apropos…

Lobstah

Mermaid

The mermaid is actually a photo of a (still unfinished) painting that I “finished” in Photoshop. Maybe this year I will finish the actual painting; definitely feeling inspired by the ocean! Two other variations of the mermaid:

  

Mid-October 2017

Look at this ultimate October tomato!

Fall festival fun!

Hair chalk

“Golden retriever please”

Touchdown!

They do such a good job taking care of the animals each day

And I haven’t mentioned it but we are getting lots of eggs (2-4 a day!) from our four chickens (for the past month or more). The Spy asked “Have you even taken a picture of our eggs?”  Me, “No, not yet.” The Spy, (looking shocked) “Whats wrong with you??!!!” Hahahah so I guess an egg and chicken photo shoot needs to go on the to-do list! hA!

Sneak preview

Cotton!

Cotton

Late blooming echinacea (a volunteer)

Bugs helping to make this zinnea look sufficiently creepy for October!

October nook

The most recent art show at my school’s art gallery was very photogenic and (I think) very October. Paper sculptures by Jiangmei Wu:

Love these! From the artists statement: 

I grew up in China in the Seventies when resources were extremely scarce. Most of the Chinese children at that time didn’t have toys – we played with simple things we made with our hands.  We played games with shuttlecocks made of feathers and bottle caps, slingshots made of rubber bands and wooden sticks, and of course, airplanes and balloons made of paper. Indeed, we made all sorts of objects from paper: balls, baskets, dollhouses, bird figurines, and other objects. Paper was a common commodity, but it was not abundant and cheap during that time. We would fold and make objects using all kinds of paper from old newspapers, old magazines and used notebooks. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the art and the science of the folding paper. Paper folding seems to always start from a simple geometric pattern and then it evolves into a complex piece of art through the hands of an artist/designer. (source)

I love the possibilities of paper. Indeed, I once did a little blog series entitled “The possibilities of paper.” where I waxed poetic on plain white paper as my favorite inspiration for a quick/simple creative activity. (Click here to learn how to make a seven sided star, snowflakes and a scroll (one of my most popular posts!) 

Happy Friday! Hope you are all enjoying October in your neck of the woods!