My friend Carol gave me these peppers yesterday. She has a friend who grew them this summer. It's not hard for family and friends to find someone who to share hot peppers with. As Mexican, I like spicy food and I appreciate that they think of me. There's always hot salsas or some sort of spicy food in my refrigerator or on my table. Some times I cannot keep up with the peppers that are given to me but I always manage to do something with them. I tried to grew them last summer but it was the only vegetable didn't do so well. These ones are so beautiful. Carol gave 3 kinds of peppers: güero(blond), jalapeño and serrano. The freshness and grassy odor coming out of the bag made me feel so well. It's amazing how one of the most underestimated of our senses can make us feel when we are aware of the fact that most of us are bless because we can smell. Aleluya! Time to eat...
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
I went for a ride on Route 6 with my husband yesterday. The old road between Seneca and Marseilles in Illinois is curvy and shaded by the overgrown trees. The ride is just enjoyable, we rolled our car windows down and off we went. This road is close to the river. Seneca and Marseilles are old towns with four digit populations. We stopped at Marseilles and found this old church. It is 150 years old, majestic. I'd like to draw more people on my sketches, but this was not the place or time to do so. It would worked if yesterday was Sunday, but I couldn't overlook the opportunity to sketch a beautiful building. Close to finish my sketch a boy appeared and sat down on the stairs by the door, he's there, use your magnifying glass. He was playing hide and seek with other kids...that's right....kids hiding when I wanted to draw people.......just my luck.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I went to Coal City beach this morning. It looked like a possible nice day to be in the water. I couldn't be more wrong. It was windy and chilly. Only kids were in the water, and we all adults...no way. So I was determined to practice drawing only people with high expectations of keeping human proportions close to reality. I think I did pretty good. I used my S&B sketchbook given to me at the first USk Chicago Seminar, Lamy fountain pen and watercolor pencils. This is what I found:
1. The "I workout 3 hours at the gym everyday and I deserve a rest" mom.
2. The "I want to whistle but all the kids are behaving well" lifeguard.
3. The "I can't let social media go" teenager.
4. The "I'm freezing" lifeguard.
5. The "I'm so bored, why did I take this job" lifeguard.
6. The "I'm falling asleep" grandma
That's it. I was cold too, so I packed my things and returned home.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Few years ago, this place used to have a only a handful of kayaks and canoes. Now there's need to cut the shrubs at the edge of the water to make more space to "park" many more.