Happy Saturday everyone. It's a beautiful morning here in New Hampshire. Luckily last night we got a tinge of ice and NO snow, so that is good news. (Seeing tomorrow is supposed to be nasty!) I want to go out today and do something because tomorrow I will probably be home if the weather does what they say it is going to do, but as of yet, neither the hubby nor myself can decide what to do. I have come up with a a few things, all of which he grumbled at, so lets see what he can think of. :)
So for now let me introduce you to Takey the camel.
I named him Takey after a former student of mine who was from Cairo. He was a great kid and even brought me back a little vial of sand from around the Pyramids. I had him in class last spring before he graduated, and he was traveling with his family to go back and visit relatives for a few weeks. Some of the kids in class had wanted Pyramid sand, and he asked me for a couple of disposable vials to put it in. I gave him some vials with a request that he fill vial for myself, which he did. (He said the customs people thought he was crazy and were wondering why he had vials of sand. And was it really sand? But he got it through and now I have it up in my studio for inspiration.)
Now I am not sure Takey would like being compared to a camel, but he was a memorable kid, not for his science skills but because he really got involved with Special Olympics and decided that's how he wanted to spend his life helping others.
And although I wasn't thinking of Takey when I made my page, he did come to mind as I write this post.
What actually inspired me to make this page was when my daughter was young and we visited the London Zoo. As she, my husband and myself stood by the camel corral, I said 'That camel is about to poop." And sure enough within a minute the camel relieved himself. Now my daughter and husband were totally amazed I could predict this, which from my point of view was so funny because all the caml had done was lift his tail, a sure sign of things to come out. But they thought I had some kind of mental connection with the camel or had some wild skill at reading an animal's mind.
I am not kidding, they went on for about 30 minutes about this, and since then the big travel story from visiting London is not seeing the wonderful city or some fantastic historical buildings, nor is it from eating some interesting meal or visiting a cool museum. No, it is how I could know the camel was about to poop. :)
I am linking up my page to Rike's challenge at Art Journal Journey, Animals A-Z. I am enjoying this challenge, and it is a challenge in the true sense as I am practicing sketching animals. I am learning that I have a lot to learn about drawing animals.
So I made my camel first by sketching the camel, and then painting him and the background.I also used a bit of tape and some Stabilo pencils, as well as a bit of stamping.
OK, time to go bug the hubby about what we are going to do today!