I’ve been doing changes to Shopping Cart illustrations lately; Shayla had the feeling the cart should be more realistic. I took care of my abandoned garden, too. Amazing, under the layer of weed I’ve found most of my seeds, doing very well in the shadow. The exposed ones suffered more during July heats. Finally, I have drawn a picture for a contest. Contest is for fantasy book illustration, and main characters are: elf girl in pink dress, an evil toad, gnome and tarantula (the last two were optional). Not a bad set! I just had to try. Here’s original drawing, the contest holder got edited image. This time it was mostly about the sky; sky area was meant to be rather smooth, to make a good background for text.
My weekend drawing’s finished. Something about springtime again. The idea is: it’s time to count, who made it through winter and who not. Survivers are buzzing all around. I have ants in the kitchen and first spiders in the corners of the windows. I like my home spiders, but I really wouldn’t mind ants returning under floor, where they belong. You see, I live in typical Jura-region country house, half of it made from wood, half of stone. Stone part was, originally, built for animals. Wooden part was for people. We have improved the house quite a bit, but the wooden part still stands directly on the ground; this is hard to be changed without disassembling the whole building. One day, when we had crazy idea to inspect the bottom side of the floor planks, we discovered that 30 cm below floor was sand, and milions of ants lived there. We were outnumbered, so we had quickly put the planks back to show our willingness to keep peace. So far ants haven’t come for us, but in spring they send out scouts.
For Barbara, old friend… She sent me a Duo Estrella harp and flute music for Christmas (she is 50% of Duo Estrella). Chopin’s waltz played this way sounds pretty unusual. Without piano tricks and ornaments, it starts to resemble film music in the style of “Cinema Paradiso” soundtrack. Chopin was really born too early, now he would be cured from tuberculosis and he would live long happy life in Hollywood.