I bought a book on how to draw cartoons…

I’m not sure if I have time to learn to draw cartoons, but I really liked the thought of drawing cartoons when we went to the Hobby Lobby in Wichita, KS.  The I bought is a nice hardbound affair, “The Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Cartoons: a step by step guide to drawing Fantastic Cartoons by: Paul B. Davies, Kevin Faeber, Terry Longhurst, and David Pattison, with text by Amanda O’Neill and seems pretty well thought out.

So, tonight, I thought I had a fire department meeting, but I didn’t, so I had the gift of an extra hour.  How often does that happen?

Not very often.  I wanted to get a set of paints and an easel, but really, when and where would I find the time?

Holly is going off cooked food so she’s busy making some Raw food treats.  Elisabet is working on photos, so I thought I’d get out my Motion Computing LE1600, fire up Art Rage 2.0, and practice on the first lesson in the book.  After 40 minutes, here’s what I I have this fish that I know how to draw. 

fish #1

Take care.  Perhaps I’ll do another one later on if there’s time.

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It’s nice to be able to relax on the weekend.

Holly likes to do the Calendar days in Spanish.  Mark can count into his teens in Spanish and is really quite proud of himself, as you can see in the photo.  She sings songs with them:

IMG_9909c Uno, dos, tres amigos,
Cuatro, cinco, seis amigos,
Siete, ocho, nueve amigos,
Diez amigos son….

Diez, nueve, ocho amigos,
Siete, seis, cinco amigos,
Cuatro , tres, dos amigos,
Un amigo es.

His 6th birthday is in a couple weeks and he’s really liking Kindergarten so far.

In Kindergarten, they have a calendar time every day, but they do it in English.  I suppose there will be plenty of time for Luke Michael to learn the calendar in English before he makes it to school. IMG_0020c

Also, John Caleb had his 10 month birthday the other day, so we did a really quick impromptu photos shoot on the black bed sheets.

He’s just growing by leaps and bounds; well actually he’s not really growing super fast, but what he is doing is getting more and more mobile at an ever increasing rate.  In the photo, you can probably just make out his prominent lower right front tooth.  The left one is in now too, but it’s just not really visible yet and his top two are just beneath the gums.

It was actually a bit tough taking a picture of him on the bed as he kept crawling towards the camera so fast. Notice the blur of his hand as he dove forward to advance toward the camera.  I suppose it would have helped if I’d had a faster shutter speed, but I was using one of my backup lenses which max out at f/3.5. I can’t wait to get my replacement for the 17-55 f/2.8 IS that should be coming any day now in the mail from Canon.

IMG_0249cToday in Sunday School, Luke Michael was quite the participant, he was following all the instructions and answering questions.  He’s going to be quite the little student when he gets to school.

We wanted to have Elisabet be active in the Sunday School class so we had her help out with the little kids by being the photographer.  She did a great job moving around and changing heights all the time and took this photo of Luke along with a bunch of other ones.  You can tell from this shot that she was at eye level which is one thing that makes the photo so nice, as a candid.

And also this weekend, Elisabet helped me shoot a family portrait sitting.  She was a patient model, smiling and posing while I set up the lights, then helping to get the attention of the kids for the camera, and finally helping to break down all the gear and put it away when we were all done.

IMG_9338The Podsiki family photos turned out nicely.  To get the kids to smile, we used a combination of tickling and Elisabet doing jumping jacks.  I still need to do a bit of Photoshop on the background to get it to look smooth, but that shouldn’t be too difficult or time consuming, all things considered.

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