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-- 18 April, 2008 --

Inner Glow


Inner Glow
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.
I have a beautiful new camera and two weeks holiday from work.

AND IT RAINS.

The Poet, therefore, became the victim of my attempts to learn to be a photographer with a crumb of the skill of my Little Sister. My portraits of him are pretty ordinary so I have tried a little Photoshop magic. I think that I might have found some of his inner glow.


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-- 10 March, 2007 --

Dorian Gray?


Dorian Grey?
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.

This was supposed to be a portrait of my Number Two Son. Our exercise for this week's art class was to draw each other. Trouble was, we both had to do it at the same time. Every time I looked up to get more ideas, he looked down to add to his work.

I really wanted this to be a good picture of my boy but I have made him look as if he is in the grip of a bad case of the flu, at the very least. Strangely enough, now it is Saturday - 5 days later - and the poor kid is in bed with a nasty case of the flu. Spooky!

I have drawn him before and did a MUCH better job. He did sit still that time so that could be saying something about my concentration span. If you would like to see the difference then you need to flip over to this entry. What do you think?

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-- 11 February, 2007 --

Happy birthday to you


Happy birthday to you
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.
Today is very special because it is my firstborn's birthday. This watercolour I did of him was a very typical pose. The colours are a bit off because I have had to scan it through the glass of it's frame.

Of course, at 26, he doesn't really look much like this any more but a mother usually envisages her children as they were when she first fell irrevokably in love with them.

Happy birthday my darling boy! I wish you many, many more.
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-- 20 May, 2006 --

Number One Son


Number One Son
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
Since the recent graduation ceremony, I have been thinking back to when my first clever son graduated from his nursing course with an honour too.

His graduation ceremony was held on a night of the most tremendous rain storm and, of course, we were running late to get to the venue. All of the convenient parking spaces had already been taken. It is amazing how many disabled folk there are when conditions are poor. I droppped him off with The Poet close to the hall so he could practice his nursing skills getting his step-father inside while I drove away to get a space in a muddy corner that no-one else wanted.

It was worth every moment of slogging through the rain and the mud, and then waiting, patiently clapping for all the students who went before him. He was the top student in his course and received this rather stylish glass trophy for his efforts.

We celebrated with a great meal and a tasty bottle of wine at a rather smart Asian restaurant in one of Sydney's up-market suburbs.

In the years since his graduation he has been working in a retirement home where all of the oldies think that he is very special. They have just found out something that his family always knew ... he IS very special!

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-- 19 May, 2006 --

Number Two Son


Number Two Son
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
My very clever son who has just graduated with first class honours. His degree is in computer science (like his mum) ... and his drawing skills ain't half bad, either.

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-- 10 May, 2006 --

Number 2 Son is Number 1


Number 2 Son is Number 1
Originally uploaded by Robynls.

An entry on Danny Gregory's Every Day Matters blog sent me hunting for this drawing of Number Two Son that I did last year.

I love making art but the very special thing about my Mondya evening art class is that I share it with Number Two Son. He started coming when he was at university doing his Computer Science degree. I thought that he should have a little bit of rounding in his life so I paid for his lessons and we went together ever week.

He has an unusual touch with the pastels and pastel pencils that he prefers to use and always comes up with different and very good. His special thing is to change the colour of the object that he is drawing to something completely different and unexpected. The new art teacher is particularly keen on the way he works and the previous teacher used to come and tell me how good she thought he was, rather like a parent/teacher interview. I wonder if she gave him son/teacher interviews about me :-)

It is such fun sharing the classes with him. We chat about what we are going to do as we go to the class and about how we went, on the drive home. We laugh about some of the strange things our classmates do and groan in envy of the talented ones. At the break one of us makes the coffee and then we wonder around looking at everyone's progress. I even sometimes get a little surprise hug when he comes to see what I have been doing.

I am still paying for the classes even though the lad is no longer a student but I don't mind too much. I am enjoying that he still wants to spend time with his Mum and that we have something in common that we can do together.

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