Archive for April, 2008

4.30.08 Cabbages and Kings

April 30, 2008

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

This stanza of the very long Lewis Carroll poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” was recited pretty frequently in my household when I was growing up. Every time someone would say “the time has come,” someone else, usually my mother, would launch into the rest of the lines. To this day I can’t hear that phrase without automatically thinking of shoes and ships and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings. I do know now that it’s “sealing wax,” rather than “ceiling wax.”

Something else I’ve retained from childhood is my fascination with the amazing patterns found in nature: the subdivided segments of a lime, the organized seeds of a pomegranate, the undulating layers of a cabbage. Hence today’s pattern, inspired by a cabbage recently halved and turned into fish tacos by my husband, who is the chef of the household.

Unfortunately, I drew the sketch for my cabbage from memory, and now that I see the photo, I realize that I could have done a much better sketch. Oh well, maybe another day. Or maybe I’ll make my peace with the fact that this is an interpretive endeavor. Without further ado….

A few interpretations of yes, cabbages.

falling cabbage

falling cabbage reversed

red cabbage


April 29, 2008

Henry helped me with this cityscape today. As usual, he had some very specific ideas about how it should look. I used one of the tiny pens that I got Ted for Christmas, and was fairly pleased with how the thin little lines scanned.


April 28, 2008

Some variations on a scaly theme.


April 27, 2008


April 26, 2008


April 25, 2008


April 24, 2008


April 22, 2008

Pyracantha…my grandmother had huge pyracantha bushes in her backyard, against the fence. In order to see over to the other side (where big orange radio antennas were being fabricated, and were partially built, resting mysteriously on the ground), we had to climb up the fence through those thorny branches.


April 21, 2008

Today is Ernie’s birthday…he’s three years old. Hard to believe.

happy b-day ernie


April 20, 2008

olive ramen



April 19, 2008


April 18, 2008


April 17, 2008


April 16, 2008

Three variations of the same basic drawing.

bean trees

Three variations of the same basic drawing.


April 15, 2008

Happy birthday, Ted!


April 14, 2008