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ahoy there

lots of stuff is going on right now

not sure how to put it all in words. not sure if i should at all bother…

well lets start and then see how it goes

the war, people. the war is real.  the air raid sirens are real. the mortar rockets are real.

my ever strengthening faith is real too. the faith in evil.

the ninth month of my pregnancy is real.  the kicks and pushes to my insides are real.

isn’t that weird…

 

part of my man’s colleagues are recruited so he works double shifts now.  which is hard.

even though, we slowly prep and organise our flat, and do a ton of crafting, fixing, organising progects. which is awesome.

as for the couple-quality-time – it’s long gone.  that’s why i so smartly use the air-raid-sirens-hiding-in-the-bathroom-time as an extra hugging-time.

(officially we should be going to the staircase or a basement every time but we don’t)

 

other things i’m up to:

cooking efforts still going strong. kinda.

redoing and upcycling some of our furniture, all found on the streets or been given by friends and coworkers still going strong.

drawing…. going pretty weak…   🙂

here’s another sketch for my dad’s poem about an old sailor, where he tells picturesque stories about his adventures to kids

 

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p.s.   people had been really amasing and just won’t stop giving me all sorts of baby stuff. loads of it. i love it.  i love that it’s all second hand. love that it’s eco-friendly cause i don’t buy anything. love that it’s free. love that people i barely know care enough to do that. and i have so much of everything now i might start regretting i don’t have twins or something.  i was thinking when the time comes and i don’t need these things anymore i’d pass it to new emigrant single mothers or something.  russians are always so confused and smitten when someone is nice to them just because.  sad really.

p.p.s. latest film recommendation – ‘boyhood’.  haven’t seen it myself yet but looks like something extraordinary!

 

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my dad’s poem about a sea dog (wolf)

 

so my dad’s a poet. a children’s poet. writing in russian and living there.
he asked me to try to illustrate a couple of his older poems, both sea themed.

although my drawing skills r a bit rusty by now i started straight away. well, not straight away cause i did this before.

note: in russian a sea dog (an old experienced sailor) is called a sea wolf, so this whole poem is based on a play between the words wolf (animal) vs. a sea wolf (person)

and the poem goes like this:

i’ve heard lots of stories

but this one is weirder than most

a peculiar wolf lives in a seacoast village

never saw a rabbit

but often times whales and sharks

he swims crawl and breaststroke

otherwise he’d drown

and it’s not spooky to meet him on the street at night

since its known

that the wolf is completely tamed

he hangs out with a couple of monkeys

and his cap is askew

a bunch of boys running after him all day

is his tail

(be warned: translation mine, rough, lousy and not precise, but the main metaphors are all there)

that’s the half of the poem that u see on the sketches and there’s another half i don’t have sketches for yet

the cookies are my take on nigel slater‘s  festive chocolate flapjacks

i think i like the guy and his easy recipies being a girl who grew up in a family where the mother didn’t cook (AT ALL) and the father cooked just really basic stuff (since he had to). i like how he talks about cooking as an expression of sympathy and appreciation. of love really. i think it puts me in a right mindset and keeps me motivated. most of the time.

and this is what i baked last weekend, a beer bread: bottle of beer flour salt some sugar, that’s it. so easy to make i almost didn’t believe the outcome would be good. but it was.

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beer bread. if i can do it and it’s edible – anyone can!

 

 

and lastly a photo of me at work for your viewing pleasure.

love location photos. or should i call it environment or setting photos, i don’t know.

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yours truly backstage

 

i work in props and costumes department of a local national theatre, remember?

 

until next time,

be well and exercise,

me

 

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storytime

‘storytime’

here’s another little drawing

many many happy hours spent like this back in the day

and here’s my last crafting endeavour:

bear-headed trash bin slipcover

bear-headed trash bin slipcover

it’s a trash bin slipcover, matching our bathroom tiles color

what i used:

shabby chrome trash bin, courtesy of our apartment previous dwellers

embroidery thread, most likely courtesy of my grandmother whom i never met, she passed away before i was born

baby rag with bear head , courtesy of some charity shop, bought to go under the cat’s and dog’s bowls to absorb some of the spilled water. i cut off the bear head and just kept it for no good reason at the time

and an odd shirt of an indefinable style, courtesy of my partner, bought  somewhere in mid 90’s.

when asked if he’ll ever gonna wear the shirt few years ago ( i could see it just hung there in the cupboard untouched for a decade or so) the answer was ”i wear it when i have a flue”.   and, surprise! he never did although the opportunity presented itself once or twice.

now every time i’m in the bathroom i see the bin and i smile. don’t need too much to cheer me up really.

and lastly here’s a couple of funtime ideas for you and one of an awesome naptime!

take care

and happy holidays to you all

p.s.  well, again, it’s not related to anything but have u heard about linda tirado ? while she is truly remarkable i don’t get why some commenters are so negative about her. thought it’s a russian-jealousy-of-the-underprivileged thing to get all upset when someone does something right for himself. i guess it’s just human nature although i’d rather prefer it was geografically/historically explainable…..

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only one serious rain this year until now. not good.

one red furred dog sneaked into my dreams again. and into my bed. and into my drawing.

my partner took a football into his face again during his weekly football game with his buddies. so it’s his sick day from work today.

having no body fat i got very cold visiting in geneva this last weekend. kept wrapping up in my scarf trying to make it go up to my eyes. this resulted in making a re/upcycled neck warmer out of couple of fleece scraps later at home. still doubtful about that fringe part. and not too happy with the colors. but i used, as i always try to, whatever i already had in my scrap stash, cause, as they say in russian, economy must be economical. let me go further and paraphrase this, saying, recycling must be…um…recycling?

that’s all very nice and all, the only problem being i’ll only get to use the neck warmer …next year visiting in colder countries. yeah, well…what can you do about it, right?

on a somewhat unrelated note: unfortunately for me i already made it neck deep into the feel-good-only books/films phase…a bit too early in my life, i think. if you’r in that phase, and a woman, and a smart one (lol) or consider yourself as such, you know how hard it is to find a decent dramedy. yesterday movie gods smiled at me and i got to watch “liberal arts”. it comes from a surprising writer, surprising director, um…not so surprising lead, and ,as your might have rightfully guessed, is surprisingly good.

note: all opinions mine, all very subjective

p.s. as i was waiting in line to pay in the supermarket the other day, an older man asked me to pass him a plastic bag. as i gave him the bag i heard ,and i quote, “i thank you in the name of barak obama”

myself and the woman behind me smiled while the cashier was less appreciative.  she rolled her eyes and murmured something about people being bored.

my unspoken advice to the if goofy but well meaning witty man is maybe to try this with a bit more receptive audience next time. after all most of the customers in this particular store don’t speak hebrew (south tel aviv)

hope the one whose name was mentioned in vain didn’t get a sudden hiccup attack…  (u know, that superstition about hiccups )

take care
and
please please please
have a good life

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"the possibility"

“the possibility”

here’s a new sketch…

… and here’s a final drawing:

"the possibility"

“the possibility”

 

and here’s a young lady spending some time by the window so as not to miss her daddy coming home from work:

"is it him?! is it him?!"

“is it him?! is it him?!”

 

until next time

and take care

 

 

p.s. i thought i’d add something about the drawing.

i have like half a dozen dream scenarios i keep dreaming from time to time most of my life. most of them nightmares (but not all). like the one where i go visit the town i grew up in and miss the flight back home.  this one is the worst…
the drawing above is a contemplation on one of those dreams. and although it might not seem like it, this dream is one of the good ones…

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i drew this the other day

it has no title

it has one working title but it’s in russian and i failed to translate it to hebrew or english.

what do people exclaim before starting a journey? not ‘go ahead’, not ‘forward!’, right? i delved a little in google translator and came up with nothing.

rather surprisingly the drawing seems to have stricken the fancy of my facebook-illustration-group pals (the group is not mine, there are couple of hundreds of other illustrators and wannabes there)

i’m curious what they see in it/how they interpret it.

this time i tried a different approach and new technique.
because my will power is rather absent and because i tend to act all perfectionist in the wrong places, i get cold legs and don’t finish stuff.
but i have to work with what i have right? so i thought about a theme and a mixed technique that would be quick undemanding yet suited to my artistic needs.
it’s an acrylic background with graphite pencil, color pencils and wax caran d’ache water-soluble pastels on top. all in all rather easy and unthreatening, so while working on it i didn’t loose the right mood and the motivation, which is nice.

p.s.  middle eastern wabi sabi….what day is it today? right, sunday:

p.p.s. i went out shopping the other day in downtown. i needed a few small things from different local shops. it was tough but i toughed it out.

i said: ‘no, i don’t need a plastic bag, thank you’ maybe 7 times ( and indeed i didn’t need one, i had my backpack with me) the most common reaction to this being the ‘i don’t get it’ look followed by a plastic bag being pushed into my hands.
we are falling a little behind in all this environmental awareness thing. or rather, way way way behind, on so many levels…

well…just a thought.

take care

(and don’t take a plastic bag if you don’t need one.

and you don’t)

UPDATE:   i’ve got the title, it’s  –    ‘off i go’

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new illustration of the alan bradley book completed. mostly.

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to be frank most of the time i didn’t enjoy drawing it even. cause i had a dead line and …well, an obligation to do it. i don’t like to be obliged to draw, you know. and was afraid to screw it up.

but i’m pretty happy with the result i must say.

in a couple of days it’s gonna be a part of our illustration class small annual exibition

 

p.s.  lets play a little trivia game called who’s this mysterious Stephen Fry’s 1930’s (approximately)  look-alike, or maybe more than just a look-alike?…..

fhgif you answer it right – you are very very AWESOME.

until next time

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