Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Art All Day

We found a turtle in the road today while we were on our way to the hardware store. I've always thought of myself as a friend to terrapins and whenever I see a frightened turtle in the road I always stop to help it out. What we found today was a box turtle and instead of just tossing him in the bushes we brought him home to let him go in our woods.

But I did take the opportunity to sketch him first.

Our house is a mess of construction projects at the moment (hence the trip to the hardware store). We're having hardwood floors put down in two rooms, painting and I'm cutting a series of arches into a long wall in the hallway.

If you are painting a room or if you will be cutting pieces out of a wall, I recommend taking some time to draw on the wall first. It's fun and you feel suddenly liberated from the normal rules of society. After all, "good" children never draw on the walls! Here's an example of Crayola colored pencil on semi-gloss wall paint:


Anonymous said...

Also, whenever you are doing home renovations, plan on adding at least three months to the project timeline. Bob and I started painting the kitchen during spring break (that's right- March, you people) and it's still not done! However, our garden looks so nice that I don't much care about the complete disorder in the kitchen.


P.s. I miss you guys! When are you coming for a visit?

WondrousPilgrim said...

that does sound fun! too bad I rent...

which wall are you cutting out?

Ben Hatke said...

Hey M., we're learning all about this the hard way. We miss you too and we'll come out to visit after the renovations are finished.

Which means sometime in the next 500 to 700 years.

Wonderous, we're putting the arches in the wall behind the stairway that goes to the basement.

Anonymous said...


That's good. It will give us plenty of time to get the kitchen finished.


WondrousPilgrim said...

cool! that'll open everything up so nicely!!!

Ben Hatke said...

Great. It's decided then. Visiting begins when rennovations end!

I'll bring my cane. You bring your false teeth.

Christina said...

Has anyone ever told you that you are hilarious?
Hehehe, yours is the only blog I have ever read(and I've read countless others :P ) that has made me laugh out loud. And I love laughing so, thank you!! :D

Ben Hatke said...

Huzzah! High praise indeed! I'll try to keep it light and crispy and funny.

And crispy.