Tuesday, September 29, 2009

nothing normal about this

It's common knowledge that Mondays are the best days out of the week.

And by "common knowledge," I of course mean, "Tiph's knowledge." And by "Tiph's knowledge," I mean "Duh."
Mondays are awesome. It's really hard to get around that fact of life.

In school: The kids and I have been getting slightly bored with classes recently. After much deliberation, I realized that I was doing things totally wrong - I was teaching just like a normal school would! Isn't the point of home school to be, well, different? So we revised the school plans a bit. We won't be following a timeline in history anymore, instead we'll focus on important regions or time periods. Say, Germany. Or the Roman Empire (which is actually a year-long thing for them already, built in to learning Latin).

Also, they get to pick electives that we'll do on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, depending on when we finish. Beth (12) picked calligraphy, and Jeremiah (10) chose skateboarding. (If you want to tell me that skateboarding is not an elective, allow me to introduce you to the previous paragraph.) Since I have to test out everything BEFORE I pass it on to them, my hands are covered in ink as I type this. It's dry, don't worry Mr. Laptop (his real name is Penguin).

We'll be doing the origins of calligraphy, which includes Chinese brush calligraphy. So, Tiph thinks, let's do this. What better character to try but Monday?

Every decent calligrapher has his or her own seal, that works as a signature for their artwork. Further back in time, the artists had two seals - one bearing their name given at birth, and another used only for their craft. Well, for some reason, I didn't one when I was born (what's that about?), and I can't procure one under such short notice, so I made do with coloured pencils.

I also organized my Flickr a bit, and I really need to organize the tags on this blog. Just not tonight. But seriously, I have 29 posts tagged "life"?? Of COURSE it's life, what else would it be? Death?

Anyway. Happy Monday, everyone!

(For more information on the history of Chinese calligraphy, I recommend Between Heaven and Earth by Shi Bo. It's a compact, informative book full of examples and artwork.)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

it's clean!

My workspace was seriously out of control. Now, I wish I had taken a "before" picture, just so I could prove how ridiculously full of papers and sketches and canvases it was, but nope.

Anyway, I cleaned it:

and now hopefully I can get more stuff done, more quickly.
Or, I could get stuff done quicklier.

Tomorrow's Saturday - yay for weekends! Hoping for a trip to the park; if not, cupcake making is Plan B.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

j is for jungle

Behold, a miniature bookmark.
I've long preferred small-scale artwork (some of my favourite paintings are 3x5 in.), so when I lost my usual bookmark, I decided I would make one. Or three or ten.

I need to record some audio of the surreal conversations my two year old brother and I have. He tries to convince me it's okay for him to have a Popsicle before breakfast (because, duh, he had dinner last night!). And also, he does not like meat in his popcorn, and so he won't eat the popcorn. Doesn't matter that there is not actually meat in the popcorn. HE DOES NOT LIKE IT.


I just really wanted to use that word. Spell check refuses to acknowledge it, but that's okay, because I refuse to acknowledge spell check.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

don't you hang your washing on tree limbs?

beige as a ghost on Flickr

I finally decided to stop ignoring Jem and re-start the photography thing. My goal (other than, y'know, actually taking photos) is to move away from observation-type photography and more into the surreal/constructed kind. If that makes sense.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

the hands of time move steadily onward

Days are short. Weeks and months are gone so fast these days, I can hardly believe it's the middle of September.

On that note, today, September 15th, my sister turned twelve. Jessica told me - oh so long ago (were we twelve? Probably) - that twelve was the best age. "All the interesting books are about twelve year-olds," she said. It's another step toward growing up, that's for sure.
So Happy Birthday, Beth! And God be with you. :)

I've been gone so long, I know! I have excuses, really good excuses, but I can't remember what they are at the moment. I probably have them written down somewhere; I'll let you know when I find them.

While I don't necessarily remember what has happened prior to five minutes ago, I do have a pretty good grasp on what needs to happen pretty soon. This list is not prioritized.

1. Take, publish, and print photos. I've been slack, very slack. Please don't be mad, just remember that you aren't missing that much anyway!

2. Catch up on my uni work. Since I'm taking an online class, it's really easy to procrastinate. It goes like this: "Oh wow, this whole unit isn't due until a week and half from now. Let me wait for a week and two days before I start it."

3. Grade schoolwork. Sometimes I think I should never give the kids quizzes and tests. And actually, it shouldn't be "grade schoolwork," as the majority of it is already graded, but "organize schoolwork."

4. Paint. I haven't painted a picture in almost a month now. My paints feel lonely, but the thing is, my bed always wins.

5. Work on the Summer Photobook. Blah. Blah blah. I love creative endeavors, I do. But again, I also like sleep.

6. Lose twenty pounds!!! Just kidding.

7. Read. A lot. The past two years, while in college, the closest thing I got to actually reading (and not speed-reading through whole textbooks the night before the test) was my various Literature classes. My projected topics are physics, war, the Romans (the kids and I are learning Latin, I figure it'd be nice to know a bit about the people), various people, and some fiction thrown in for good measure. I don't need psychology studies; gimme a book and I'll tell you about human nature.

Except for the stupid books, please don't give me those.

Despite the seeming busyness of everything, life is not too terribly stressing or anything. Thanking God for that, definitely. (I love me some adverbs.)
I'm content.

Summer will be officially gone next Tuesday, some pretty scary stuff may be waiting in the wings, and fall seems like a new year... and I am content.

(photo: Glasgow in cityness by Photograph's by Jim. Used without permission.)

who i am!

Tiph used to be this weird hippie chick who sewed things and drank tea and rode bikes and wrote silly things. Then, college came along, and now she's this weird hippie chick with math in her brain and notebooks full of indefinite integrals. And hardly any time to write. This is her space. Thankfully, space is a vacuum and any complaints you may have cannot be heard.


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