July 29, 2006

lantern festival

okay, i think this was the 4th lantern festival, or illuminaries, in a row for us. the turn out this year was as usual fantastic. lots of new lanterns, lots of different stilt-walkers, faeries, a troll (on a bridge, too!), the wishing well, lanterns floating on the lake, and the fireworks finale. i love the lantern fest, especially now that i've got kids. this was ella's 5th fest, and seth's second- he sort of understood what was going on, or as much as an almost 3 year old can. one faerie tried to cuddle him for a picture and he just gave her a look. can't wait for next year!

July 28, 2006

steady as she goes

i've been working as much as i can on these first scenes, and i've figured out a lot on my own. it's taking much longer to get it done than i thought. well, it's been 6 years since last i animated- so, no wonder! still, i can't help thinking that way. the kids drive me a little bit nuts when i'm trying to work while they're at home. this morning one of my wonderful neighbours took both the kids for about 2 hours and in that time i figured out not only what i was doing wrong, but also how to do it right. i can't help but be proud of myself- it's not easy going back to work when technology changes your profession. classical animation is a dying art. here's a strange drawing from the other night while watching the tele.

tomorrow night is the lantern festival at trout lake and ella is talking non-stop about it. what costume should i wear? i need good shoes to dance in, what ones should i wear? i love my lantern, i made it last year.... here's a pic from last year's "festible"

July 25, 2006

blog rolling

i guess it's time to stop fiddling around with stuff and just get this blog rolling.

i finally got the call i was waiting for today- i'll be picking up my first scenes pretty much since ella was born. she's now 6 1/2 years old and o, my how technology has changed in that time! i love technology, but not as much as you, you see. but still i love technology, always and for-ever. in that 6 years i learned how to do a lot of things, including how to make quiche, animate in flash, and how to change a little boy's diaper.
why am i going back to work now? well, lately i'd been feeling that something was a bit off and when one of the mom's at school asked me what i did... well, that's when it hit me. it was time. i'm starting to feel like my old self once more, you know the one without kids screaming to be taken to the park or for something to eat (they're like little hoovers at times). now, if only i can get a few minutes to actually draw in my sketchbook by myself that would be great, but who am i kidding?!? i don't think any sketchbook would be complete anymore without ella practising her ABC's or seth scribbling circles on any random page. that's half the fun of it.

July 10, 2006

changes are coming