View Full Version : Cafe Michelangelo- August 2013

08-01-2013, 08:46 AM
Hi all. Since its the first of August, I will start the August chat thread!

Today, I went into town to get my new specs...they are just great...what a difference, now I can see!

I went to the pound store...the cheap goods store, and got around 30 HB pencils for a pound and a HUGE bag (for another pound) of coloured papers and beads and bits and pieces for crafting. Best of all there were pages of stencils included. It was meant as a child's craft kit for playing over the summer hols. So I am looking forward to playing!! I have no kids to give the stuff to...:D ;)

What are you all up to?

08-01-2013, 10:51 AM
Oh, all that "fun" just waiting to happen.......:clap:

I bought a LARGE (18 X20") old scrap book at the second hand shop tuesday and am gonna refill it with brown craft/packing paper .....I bought the roll of paper a couple years ago. Gonna be great for sketching , blacks, whites, opaque inks, etc.:D

08-01-2013, 11:28 AM
We have The Dollar Store,,,same idea as yours. Lots of crafting stuff for kids plus thin plastic cutting boards that are great for monoprints. There are two in a package, so I now have about twenty,,,better get to work.

Finished some tiles for the Etsy shop. Here is one of them


I'm planning a post for August...but not sure what yet. Ideas welcome.

janet :heart: :heart:

08-02-2013, 02:20 AM
Hi Janet. Another delightful painting in your 'witches and cats' series!!

I added a zentangle project for this month.

How about a journalling project. I always wanted to try that! Anyone want to host it?

08-02-2013, 07:32 AM
janet.....where is the kitties martuna:D this is adorable.....quite clever...tyree:heart:

08-04-2013, 12:07 AM
Janet = I'll check out the dollar Store for the plastic cutting boards sheets. They make miserable cutting boards . But I'm really wanting to do more mono prints. Cute tile , Janet, lots of nice texture and some depth. I like how the warts echo the martini olive.....cute.

A journaling thread would be interesting. But it don't particularly want to host it.

08-04-2013, 04:03 AM
OK. What about a project on trees or clouds, Janet. Or maybe collage? Or women with cats. There are lots of Renoir paintings of girls with cats!

08-16-2013, 10:25 AM
The school where I teach is having its annual school concert next week, so I have been frightfully busy with all manner of nerve-wracking preparations and had little time for sketching.

But I did have immense fun helping to paint backdrops and stage props for the concert... :-)




And today I had tome for a quick chicken portrait... :-)


Chickens are cute. They're also rather delicious. :-)

08-23-2013, 07:57 AM
How good to see your school and pupils. Is it a boys only school? Was it an African traditional tale for the performance?

I FINALLY got to the pc shop and bought a new laptop. Using it first time right now.

Will be able to zoom around the internet now I hope.

08-24-2013, 01:04 AM
How good to see your school and pupils. Is it a boys only school?

No, the three kids on the left are in fact girls, but it is not too apparent on this lo-res photo. Plus, it is winter and the girls often wear trousers. :-)

Was it an African traditional tale for the performance?

Not really - the husband of one of the teachers wrote the script. It is a tale about a young man traveling the world to find a wife, so it basically consists of small bits of dialogue in between kids dressed in stereotypical costumes for various countries, dancing to songs associated with those countries. Of course, he eventually finds a wife in South Africa, most exotically beautiful country of them all. :-)

We finally had the concert last night, and at least on stage, things went very well (had a bit of a crisis off stage, what with the chef having underestimated how much people would eat, but that's another story. :-)

Here are some shots from the dress rehearsal. All blurry and out of focus because kids cannot remain still for more than three milliseconds at a time and my simple point and shoot camera tends to go out of focus under low light anyway:





And the hall after we had decorated it (it's a rented hall from a nearby government school - we are at this stage way too small an outfit to have such a grand hall of our own!):


08-24-2013, 05:43 AM
Wonderful photos. And everyone looks like they're enjoying themselves!

ps. I like your drawing of the chicken. I once kept a few hens for laying in my backyard...when I had one. Now I am in a flat (apartment building).

08-25-2013, 07:57 AM
Thanks for sharing the photos Brian. The stage set and props are wonderful and the kids look like they are having fun. I see this was a dinner as well.

Like to do a project on designing stage sets. We could pick the play, opera, ballet or whatever we wanted to do and costumes too.

If the chicken is really cute...do you give a small salute before devouring it? Yum!

08-30-2013, 05:16 AM
What great photos Brian.

I've been a real flake this month. I 'm just not looking at the threads:eek:

I think about dropping out for real but then I love it here. But the last 3 months have been a blur..........I do very little art.....sigh

08-31-2013, 01:16 AM
I haven't done much this month either Robin. Mainly small stuff like ATCs. I am still trying to get used to this new laptop. Its pretty zippy and thinks it knows what I want before I do!! Probably I don't know how to use the touch pad correctly yet.

08-31-2013, 11:30 PM
What great photos Brian.
I've been a real flake this month. I 'm just not looking at the threads:eek:

Apart from my masterpieces of stage design, I did nothing whatever in the way of art during August. Perhaps September will be better. :-)