Saturday, 29 November 2008

I'm back . . .

and I don't have much to report.
After 3 1/2 very long convention days, it was very, very nice to come home. It was a short-lived good feeling though . . . I got home around 5 on Thursday night and off to work Friday morning . . . lots to catch up on at the office. Friday night was one of two committed evenings that we have to work at the local hockey rink . . . work eight hours at your regular job and then rush over to the rink to work another four-five hours working in the canteen. FUN! - not really.
Let me tell you that Saturday morning vacuuming seemed like a nice change. After I post this, I hope to get into something a little more creative.

So, here are my wonderful, exciting, exhilarating, mind-blowing convention pictures! This blurry one above is of the new President - my apologies to him if he happens to pop onto this blog - maybe if he smiled a bit more, and didn't take it all so seriously (all the time!), then maybe, just maybe, the photo would have turned out clear.

This blurry photo is of most of the Provincial Ministers that took time out of their very busy schedules to come and answer questions from the 198 municipalities and their representatives that attended this convention. Issues included everything from agriculture, health care, crumbling infrastructure, water resources, and the list goes on and on.

The format is like a question period where people stand up at the mike and ask a question of one of the Ministers. Sometimes it can be very interesting depending on what the controversial question of the day is - and we had one.

Throughout the three and half day convention there are also a number of workshops to attend. As a Chief Administrative Officer/Development Officer, I felt it my duty to attend this particular workshop. The other one I attended was put on by the Schizophrenic Association and I discovered that in the "pursuit of happiness" I'm not doing so good. How do they figure that?!
I've been to quilting trade shows/conventions before and I really wish that this had been one of those . . . not a lot of creative juices flowing at a municipal convention!

Oh, but this made me happy!
My son gave me this picture - it measures about 17 x 24 and is mounted and ready to frame.
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before or not, but my son is an artist. This is one of his most recent projects and I just love the detail . . . so, yeah, I really don't know who the characters are, but I LOVE the detail! If you click on it you should be able to make it bigger so that you can look closer at the buildings, the sky, the characters . . . I wish I could create things half as good as this. Maybe if I keep trying, by the time I'm 110 I'll have attained some of this ability.

This is a portrait that he did when he was 16 or 17 - I'm one of those Mom's that keep everything their kids have ever drawn. I have this framed as well.

And, this particular portrait of a jockey is one that has some really good critiques on Deviant Art - many people think this is a black and white photo. Once again, click on the picture to enlarge it and check out the detail - he amazes me!
So now that I'm out of my bad mood about convention, I think I'll go grab a pencil or two and see what hits the paper. How about you? What are you doing for your creative soul today?
'til next time,


Joyce said...

My husband is an art teacher and artist and he is blown away by your son's art. He has an amazing talent!

Anonymous said...

Amazing, absolutely amazing art.

Penny said...

The artwork is unbelievable. What talent!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Your son's artwork is fascinating to look at; be proud Mum!
Before you come to the big city next time we will have to organize a great meeting of the minds, (LOL) involving Starbucks coffee, right?

MYRA said...

Your son is an amazing artist Marlene!!! Wow! That last photo is sooooo very lifelike!!! Unreal!!! How old is this youngen of your's?
I agree with Kh (QGB) about Starbucks!!! 8-)
Happy stitchings! 8-)