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    Creative Risk

    "Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels;
    it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled."
    ~Michael Crichton

    Question: What's your favorite amusement park ride? Mine - wooden roller coasters!


    Neptune Mandala

    "He could go anyplace he wanted with a sense of purpose. One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around."
    ~ Anne Lamott

    When I draw, I give myself little challenges. More on this in Constraints + Creative Work and Wonderland. The goal here was to start with something other than a circle and see what could develop. I've also been giving negative space some thought, how to make use of it. So these two ideas came together in this quirky mandala. The zig zags look like a corset, don't you think? Didn't have the heart to name it corset!


    Chewy Cookies

    "Live in the sunshine,
    swim the sea,
    drink the wild air."
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Revamped Upgraded my ridiculously FLAT, CRUNCHY Tollhouse cookies to a chewier version using tips from Alton Brown's Good Eats. He altered the beloved tollhouse recipe by changing the ratio of white to brown sugar, deleting an egg white, etc. Interesting logic behind the changes. I used all purpose unbleached flour instead of the bread flour, but otherwise followed the recipe. Super yummy.


    The girls and I made 2 more batches of altered Tollhouse cookies. The first batch, we followed the chewy recipe from Alton Brown's site (linked above) with bread flour. The second batch, we used cake flour and substituted 1.5 tsp baking powder for the baking soda. The cookies made with cake flour were light and thin. Those made with bread flour were PERFECT.

    Here's what I learned about flour: All Purpose flour, Bread Flour and Cake Flour. Growing up in Pennsylvania, we used all purpose flour for the cookies. But here in Texas, my cookies have been FLAT. The linked article describes that all purpose flour purchased in the southern US is DIFFERENT than the all purpose flour in the northern US. Thus in the southern states, you should use bread flour for cookies.


    Mandala Mania

    "Our life is frittered away by detail ... simplify, simplify.”
    ~ Henry David Thoreau

    drawings in a 5x8" watercolor moleskine...

    Drew the first mandala on the last day of school at Starbucks before carpool. The second was drawn over the course of a few kids' tennis lessons. At 8am it's still feasible to sit outside the courts and draw. This is their first experience with tennis. When I was a kid, no-one took lessons in anything except swimming!

    Eden's doodle Hippie Chick is inspiring me to get out the watercolors and colorize my doodles!

    Question: What creativity have you squeezed into the pockets of your days this week?


    Munchkin Mandalas

    "Hold your children with open arms,
    so they always know
    they can come home to you."
    ~ Khalil Gibran

    After some art journal pages on BIG paper, I went SMALL, really small. 3.5x5.5" is really tiny! I grabbed this moleskine for our trip to Six Flags, knowing that I'm just not a trooper when it comes to super spinny rides or going upside down.

    Question: Does the size of the paper influence your art?


    Fresh Mandalas

    "You are just in the middle of a struggle with words
    which are really very stubborn things, with a blank page,
    with the damn thing that you use to write with,
    a pen or a typewriter, and you forget all about the reader
    when you are doing that."
    ~Guillermo Cabrera Infante

    Experimenting with designs and formats in the 5x8" watercolor moleskine.


    Museum Wanderings

    "A sentence should contain no unnecessary words,
    a paragraph no unnecessary sentences,
    for the same reason that a drawing
    should have no unnecessary lines
    and a machine no unnecessary parts."
    ~William Strunk, Jr.

    my younger daughter's note reads,"they look like stripes of chocklet"

    The girls and I visited the beautiful Dallas Museum of Art, where we wandered amidst the paintings and sculptures and wound up in the hands-on material bar. At the bar, rather than singapore slings, a random selection of materials to create sculptures. Tape, hole punches, corrugated cardboard, squares of canvas, raffia, paper, etc. The limited array of options forced us to use our imaginations! There was a wall of materials where you add sticky notes with your thoughts, white materials on spools to add to the weaving-in-process, textured tables to create rubbings, and lovely natural light.

    Tell me about your field trips this week!



    "Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
    it only saps today of its joy."
    ~Leo Buscaglia

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics