More Illo Goodness:
Something I like to keep in mind when I’m concepting new illustrations… There are always so many possibilities. When I remember this, it’s fun to just grab two or three and leave the rest for later. :)
This 4th of July reminded me what it felt like to be a kid. Watching Veda play with my niece and nephew took me right back to the wonder and beauty of a simple sparkler, swimming till completely pruney, staying up WAY past bedtime and waiting so very impatiently for the fireworks to start, and feeling free and a little goofy because it was so late. It was so fun!
Summer is not complete without a road trip (or two), so last week Veda and I packed up the car and headed south. We stopped in to visit my dad and stepmom (and their dog Tillie, who Veda is crazy about). We had so much fun with them… eating fresh veggies from their garden, a trip to the zoo where we heard gibbon monkeys singing – loudy, a stop in to the by-the-pound Goodwill store (a very um, interesting, place to thrift). We went to my stepmom’s community garden to water and she handed Veda the hose. Big mistake. :) Veda turned it on them and they ran for dear life. (See 3rd pic above.) Made me laugh till my sides hurt.
Then we continued south to an island in Georgia where we stayed with my dear friend and her family. We raced fiddler crabs, played in the ocean, went fishing and caught an eel (!)… and made a trip to MedStat when one of the kids cut his toe pretty badly on a clam shell. We went shelling and talked for hours with cold beers and lots of laughs.
I’m refilled by these trips. I come home feeling inspired and refreshed. And trips like this make me appreciate my life at home so much more, too.
Just back from camping where we:
- met friendly people
- found a shady swimming hole where there were thousands of perfect skipping stones
- read books in the woods
- slept so soundly in tents
- roasted our cheeks off in the baking sun
- went back to said swimming hole
- hiked with long socks (quite stylish, yes?)
- made way too many s’mores
- got rained on – again – but this time we were prepared
- sat around the fire and talked late into the night
- took cold showers
- was pretty ok with that (except for Veda who was definitely NOT ok with that)
- gained a new appreciation for the comfort and convenience of home