Saturday, May 21, 2011

more studio stuff

working on mixed-media architecturally inspired images. (fine-liner black marker and oil pastels)


I have started a mood board for inspiration
I have been re-arranging my workspace. We have made our studio on the mezzanine floor at home. It connects our bedroom to that of my son and is a space which we can work in without having to worry about tidying up every time someone comes around for a visit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The rats: Scrat and Milo

Scrat and Milo

Rats in their tank

Milo, named after our (late) jack Russell with the same markings.

18 May - voting day

We went to the local voting station early, although we did not expect to stand in a long line to wait. We did not have far to go - we voted at St Stephens' Catholic Church Hall in Pumula. The local government elections have been more publicized and talked about than any election since 1994 as far as i can tell. I think so many people are just fed-up with bad service delivery and corruption, that people turned up in great numbers to vote.

The results tomorrow will be very interesting.

The up-side is a day at home.

We found two "Hooded fancy rats" for Pierre Jr. They are really surprisingly cute. i have a bit of a phobia of rats, and had to make a major mental shift to agree to their addition to the menagerie. They are more responsive to human company and can be trained to do all kinds of things - much like a dog.

Pierre has been stroking them and picking them up for short spells to get them used to him, and so-far-so-good.