Wednesday, December 23, 2009

christmas pictures

Just a quick seasonal check-in to wish everyone a peaceful and fun-filled holiday. Painting suddenly stalled in the very early stages of this first oil painting. It wants to be monochromatic so, as you can see, I have a lot to do


after Christmas.

Among the seasonal activities was Carl's (and therefore our) last Christmas band concert, since he graduates this year. It's the end of an era though, as a committed musician who now plays four instruments, it's certainly not the end of us listening to Carl playing music. Here he is in the jazz band, performing a short solo in that Christmas classic, Van Morrison's 'Moondance'. (How I wish it was a Christmas classic instead of that accursed earworm classic, 'Sleigh Ride'.)

One of my seasonal projects was to photograph my sons, brothers, and Greg and myself to frame for the oldsters in my family. Here's one of my favourites:

All this recording-for-posterity stuff spurred me on to tackling a project that I've been meaning to get to since Ellen gave me a scanner that has a film scanning attachment. A couple of years ago my dad gave me a box of slides from my childhood (and earlier) that I'd never really looked at before. It's amazing what forgotten memories a little visual reminder can trigger. I especially like this Christmas photo of my brothers and me with our then globe-trotting uncle. He's one of the 'oldsters' who's getting photos from me this year!

Ho ho ho, friends! Enjoy the season and take care.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


23/12/09 2:14 p.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

(spammers, grrrr). So glad you got use out of that scanner attachment. Neat to see old pictures with the kind of colour that was intended.

Like the painting and the photos, your boys have the best hair, I'm jealous. I understand, all art pursuits have stalled for me too while I attempt to get in the holiday spirit. Have an wonderful Christmas Andrea!

23/12/09 3:14 p.m.  
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23/12/09 3:33 p.m.  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

I really believe Carl and my oldesr son are actually brothers.

23/12/09 4:26 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Happy Chrimble to you and yours, Andrea.
I'm trying to bottle some sunshine for you, but not having much success...

23/12/09 9:46 p.m.  
Blogger Melody said...

Andrea, wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays. Merry Christmas from your friend Melody.

24/12/09 6:02 a.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

May the season bring you and yours all the blessings you would wish for.

24/12/09 10:12 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ellen: Some of those old slides require some heavy duty colour anmd density correction (or trimming of edges where emulsion has peeled off). I'm still only about halfway through, if that. It's a project all right!

Paula: Romance and sex. What a surprise! I rather like the look of foreign language spam so think I'll keep it actually... :)

SAW: Which makes us...?

Dinah: A nice bottle of champagne will suffice...

Melody and Ian: And to you, too!

24/12/09 2:14 p.m.  
Blogger denise said...

Hope you're enjoying christmas. Best wishes to you and yours.

25/12/09 2:34 p.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

It's so interesting seeing your oil painting explorations and reading about women and art and being loners. I so relate to all you said about the conflicts between being a nurturer and preferring solitary time. It won't be long now before your kids do leave you alone so it's great you're enjoying them while you can. (What gorgeous young men!). I also loved reading about your days at the table drawing and telling the stories of your drawings with your siblings. My sister and I spent many, many hours on the floor doing something similar except much more female: we made paper dolls (boys and girls) and then designed their clothes, put them on the dolls and made the dolls act out stories (that always required drawing more clothes). I've never been that interested in clothes since. And thanks or the link to that movie. I've put it on my Netflix list (not yet available).

25/12/09 9:49 p.m.  
Blogger Hayden said...

Lovely pics, Andrea!

Wishing you the best of the Holidays!

26/12/09 5:41 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Denise: Thanks and the same to you and yours!

Jana: You know, I'm glad I grew up when I did because it was a time when childhood required resourcefulness to entertain oneself and those with a creative bent had the freedom/time to explore it -- and now I'm not too old to not "get" or enjoy the age of communications.

Hayden: Thank you and I hope you're enjoying your holiday back in a place with 'real' seasons!

27/12/09 8:34 a.m.  
Blogger Kelly said...

Ok, I don't get it. Were you eight when you gave birth? Who is your son?

1/1/10 4:13 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Kelly: I don't understand the question. My sons are the two boys in the centre (ages 17 and 15 but look older) with an extra shot of #1 son playing trombone. The bottom photo shows me as a kid with my two brothers and uncle.

1/1/10 5:19 p.m.  

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