Three unexpected Things

Yesterday, I stayed home from school, because I was sick.

But you never know what will come your way, even on a sick day. Yesterday, I experienced three unexpected things:

  • When I went shopping, I had to shovel my car out of 30cm of fresh snow. It was cold, wet and windy. But successful. I drove down the mountain and got some groceries. But on my way back, the snow had turned to slush, and I couldn’t get up the last hill. But then, a snow plow cleared the way, just for me. :)
  • I discovered that egg whites are slightly alkaline: I first fried some red cabbage and then fried the eggs. The leftover juice from the cabbage turned green-blue. So I had a red, green, yellow and white dinner. Unexpected, but colorful!
  • For the first time in a while, I wrote a song. It’s a simple call-and response song that can be sung by a choir. But it was fun to do.

So I was sick. But also had some fun.
What kind of unexpected things do you experience? Leave a comment if you like, and have a great day.

 

Travel Log, Day 4: Cinque Terre

cinque-terreWe were out all day, and out of it by the end of it:

We left the house by 9AM and drove to La Spezia, where we parked the car. Then, we took a ferry to Manarola, the second of five villages on the coast, the “Cinque Terre”.
Here, the cliffs are steep all the way to the ocean. The 5 villages used to only be acessible by a mountain trail and by boat, but today they are more open. Tourism has definitely become the main source of income. Why do the tourists come? To see the unique, colorful houses on the coast, that are seemingly stacked on top of each other, and to admire the clear water and the rock formations.

The ferry ride to the village was fun for me, and the village itself was beautiful. We walked around for a while, sat down for lunch and took some pictures.

By 3PM we decided to go back to the car, so we took a train to La Spezia. Unfortunately, my brother Thomas then realized that he had lost his cell phone. It was too late to go back and get it, so we had to leave without it. He will get a new phone and all is well, but that was kind of a bummer.

Finally, we got home at around 5PM and jumped in the pool. Then, I was officially out of it for the day!

New Paintings!

For this spring break I challenged myself to complete 5 oil paintings and enter an illustration contest.

As far as oil paintings go I finished one and am working on the second picture. The finished one is called “Mountain Town Café” and is about 3’x4′ in size. Number two is not titled yet.

I ran out of time for the contest, but I did manage to complete an illustration in the style and tone of the project. The contest is every 2 years, so that gives me plenty of time to come up with detailed concept sketches, characters and of course the final illustrations.

So I guess you don’t always end up doing what you set out for, but it’s still good to try to touch the sky isn’t it? You get more done than if you hadn’t tried.

What kind of goals do you set up for yourselves? Leave a comment if you like, I’d be interested to hear about them!

 

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Mountain Town Cafe (2015) -$1200-

 

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Illustration “Somehow something is missing!” (2015) -$200-