I know, I've been AWOL for awhile now. But that's because I've been busily working on Many Good Things.
I am happy to say that the kids' school Fun Day went well, and they're still playing with the water clock and cogs and escapement, and we may do some kind of additional project this summer with the sundials and Mayan/Aztec Calendar wheels. (Building our own Stonehenge requires too much higher math for any of us except Dan, alas, but maybe in a few years...)
So I'll start with this week's Illo Friday-- Suit. Which makes me think of a suit in a card game, which brings me to the project I've been working on since Memorial Day weekend:
I'm going to be selling game boards at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, along with giclee art prints and other handmade wooden toys (a limberjack spider that dances the tarantella, for instance).
I decided to paint this table on the porch so the kids could play all the games, too.
This is Not finished-- I'll be going back after the pink and yellow paint dries and adding in vines and things around the games so that they're all nested in a web of fun details. I also still need to make the various game pieces... but you get the idea.
What are the games, you ask?
Starting at 12:00-- this is a board for The Royal Game of Ur
, which I discovered some years back and fell in love with.
At about 1:30,with edges of the game board covered in paint (that will go away) is the board for my original game, Beeline
Below at 4-5:00 is a simple Horse Race Game, which I designed around the kids' wishes. Gwen wanted a track for a unicorn (the green forest track in the middle) and a track for a pegasus (the starry track at the outside). Eli requested a track for a dragon (the fiery center). I think he and Zeke will be fighting over that one. I can't wait to make *those* game pieces!
Below that at 5:30ish is a 9 Men's Morris
board. This is the way to play tic tac toe without stalemates.
To the left at 6:30 is a leap frog checkers board, and above it is my version of The Royal Game of Goose
(What do geese have to do with Royalty? I'm mystified)
Last at about 10-11:00 is Snakes and Ladders-- only this one is based on Alice in Wonderland. There are flamingo neck snakes, and various things for ladders. The heart cards replace the death spaces on the traditional board, and the white rabbit replaces the money spaces.
I don't know whether I'm going to be offering tables like this-- the cost would be prohibitive-- but the kids are excited about it.
So that's that project.
Now for Illo Friday "Your Paradise" and Tuesday walk....
I debated doing a painting for this topic all week, but the truth is, I don't think anything I did would compare to the beauty I see around me all day.
The old joke goes-- How do you tell who the hillbillies are in heaven? They're the ones who keep trying to go home on the weekends.
I haven't had the camera with me when I've been in the woods lately, so I'll give you this, which I snapped while Gwen was hunting for her ball glove last night.
And I solemnly swear that I will take better pictures this week, and post them to tuesdaywalk
, because really, this time of year is for sharing. I only wish I could give you the green smell and the birdsong too.
I still have lots of things to do.. and I've fallen woefully behind on portraits (Dianne, Bev and Robin!) and crits (Sheela!) And emails(a whole bunch of people!).
But school is finally out, and I should have something for you in the next week or two.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!