The Class of the Lost Week in April
It isn’t because I haven’t been learning! Au contraire…I have taken on a project stemming from a Skillshare class on Vintage artwork and am happily buried in it. That, and getting the plants into the ground now that (hopefully) the overnight frosts are kaput.
But if I had not been underground (or on the ground, so to speak), I would have posted some arty remembrances of these people who contributed their part to the arts (in all its forms) world.
To make up for lost time, I decided to play with a yearbook format. Quick sketches on the iPad, nothing spectacular. There’s more below that you must not miss, so don’t stop here! And the small print is hard to read. Haven’t figured out how to get a Word document into my iPad drawing program in a format that’s not a photo.. Still learning. I did repeat the information you can’t read at the bottom of this post if you’re interested.
And P.S., if you are an Anne Lamott fan, you must read this sassy piece from the NYTimes. It relates the story of how she had avoided marriage for so long - not necessarily on purpose - and how she fell for and married in a recent wedding Neal Allen, “a really handsome, soulful guy on (the matchmaking site for over 50s) Our Time and he was like me…he was hard-core left wing, an intellectual, spiritual seeker.”
If you’re paying attention and making your own life as beautiful and rich and fun as it can be, you might just attract someone who’s doing the same thing. You can give up on tracking someone down with your butterfly net.” Anne Lamott, when asked if she has any advice for those who might still be looking for their lifelong partner.
O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie,
gimme a break before I die:
grant me wisdom, will & wit,
purity, probity, pluck, & grit.
Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind,
gimme great abs & a steel-trap mind,
and forgive, Ye Gods, some humble advice –
these little blessings would suffice
to beget an earthly paradise:
make the bad people good –
and the good people nice;
and before our world goes over the brink,
teach the believers how to think.
Header art is hand-carved image from my 2016 “Flowers Through the Year” calendar.
Muir Born: Scotland, April 21, 1838
Hobbies: Keeping journals, hiking
Ambition: Botanist, naturalist
Favorite quote: “The clearest way into
universe is through a forest wilderness.”
Voted Most Likely to: Save the parks.
Shakespear: Born: England, April 26, 1564
Hobbies: Teasing 7 siblings.
Ambition: Write a witty play or two.
Favorite quote: “All the world’s a stage.”
Voted Most Likely to: Be quotable.
Fitzgerald Born: Virginia, April 25, 1917
Hobbies: Dance, sing, play jazz
Ambition: Scat with Louis Armstrong,
Duke Ellington and Count Basie
Favorite quote: “Music is the universal
language– it brings people closer together.”
Voted Most Likely to: Be the First
Lady of Song.
Schwartz Born: Brooklyn,April 25, 1927
Hobbies: Wisecracking, telling whoppers
Ambition: Author who tells scary stories
Favorite quote: “The sixth sheik’s sixth
Voted Most Likely to: Twist a tongue
and be a witcrack.
Audubon Born: American Haiti, April 26, 1785
Hobbies: Drawing birds eggs and nests
Ambition: Be an ornithologist
Favorite quote: “But hopes are shy birds
flying at a great distance seldom reached
by the best of guns. “
Voted Most Likely to: Paint lots of birds.
Rolfe Born: Paris, April 26, 1914
Hobbies: Playing hide-and-go seek
Ambition: Spy for the French Resistance
Favorite quote: “Women were very much
better than men for undercover work.
Women have a far greater capacity for
cool and lonely courage than men.
(quoted about Lilian Rolfe & others.)
Voted Most Likely to: Have a book written
About me (The Alice Network)
Lantz Born: New York, April 27, 1899
Hobbies: Drawing crazy animals
Ambition: Draw and animate cartoons
Favorite quote: “I’m just a little old
cartoonist, tryin’ to make a buck.”
Voted Most Likely to: Build a career
around a woodpecker.