Archive for February, 2014

Snow Days!!!

February 12, 2014

We are about at the end of the second snow day of the second snow storm Georgia has seen this year (although you couldn’t really call this snow, it is basically ice).  My toes are cold but the rest of me is fairly comfortable…we have been lucky and the power has stayed on.  Burying power lines helps keep power on when you have icy snow days.  I remember days long ago, of having icicles hanging off our house in Georgia that were 12″ long!  And my sister reminded me that we would get ice on the inside of the single pane windows!  Energy codes are keeping us warmer, I guess…

I occupied my time scratching black off white.

Yesterday’s …

scratch art from waterhouse's sketch smaller res

She was copied from a Waterhouse sketch.

And today’s…

Mama and Pop Snow Day 2 Scratch art copyThis was done from a photo of my grandparents, looking a bit like an urban American Gothic.

Wonder what tomorrow will bring (tonight will bring several inches of real snow, so they say!)…

The Twins

February 2, 2014

I recently scanned and posted on Facebook over 200 photographs that my grandfather, T.J. Eubanks made of his 8 children.  He would photograph them and develop the photos in his darkroom.  I know that every generation venerates the generations before them, I certainly have.  Seems dying takes away all bad and leaves only good.  (I pray my descendants feel the same about me!)  These photos are very small only 1 to 2 inches by 2 to 3 inches, he created larger copies of those he felt were the best and those are well known among the family,  but after spending time with these small images, I am convinced they are the most honest  portraits of his children.  Some may not be focused, or one of the kids may have moved, or the composition was not his best (and T.J. was good at composition!) but they tell the story of childhood and I am so happy to have them!  And…now they are inspiring me.  Those last couple of posts on this blog were based on these photographs as is the one below… my twin aunts, T.J.’s baby girls.

IMG_20140202_0004This is done in pencil, image size about 4×6 inches.  I scanned it at 600 dpi and reduced the scale for posting, this boring information given in an effort to ask for help.  How do you get pencil to scan at a good quality?  Anyone know?

My grandfather would say “take a photograph with film instead of using digital!”