Monday, 19 September 2011

First Day of School!

I think it went well once I got past the first 10 minutes of nerves. My students are nice a mix of young to middleaged adults. They were very enthusiastic and even decided to skip the last break because they wanted to draw!

Visible progress was made during this first class, just as I aimed for, so hopefully they went home feeling accomplished and that they had learned something.

I learned something as well. That the introduction and the theory lessons take less time than I had estimated, but that the students need more time to draw than estimated, so luckily with a bit of extra theory thrown in, it all added up. Also rearranged the order of some of the theory lessons because it felt more natural to put them in earlier.

Each class will of course be different and have a different dynamic, but I believe the lesson plans that I have put so much effort in will pay off.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

What to do on a rainy day?

When you have:

1) Pasteurized egg yolks and sugar.



2) Whipped pasteurized egg whites.



3) Lady Fingers biscuits.



4) Instant coffee.



5) And mascarpone cheese?




...obviously the answer is tiramisu! Mix, dip, and layer...




...and sprinkle with cocoa powder:



Put in fridge for a few hours and then enjoy!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

FOF - Teaching Job.

Earlier this year, I sent unsolicited job applications to two FOF departments (one that covers my area, and one that covers the neighbouring area) and suggested portrait drawing classes. The one covering my area got back to me within a couple of weeks offering to set me up for three evening classes a week, the other department got back a little later and booked me for an evening class and an afternoon class.

And now the new FOF magazines are out. Here's the one from the neighbouring FOF:



And if you open it, there is an advertisment for my classes, "Portrait Drawing for Beginners":



Close-up:



I went to a teachers' meeting yesterday and was told that I have enough students signed up in that area for both classes to go ahead. So school starts on Monday! And I am very excited about it. I still haven't heard from the FOF in my area, but I should know more next week.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Rain, rain, rain...

I cannot remember when we had this much rain. We usually get a lot of rain, but mostly it is in form of either rainstorms that lasts a few hours or a steady, miserable drizzle that will go on for days.

These past few days, the two seem to have been combined into heavy rainstorms that lasts for days. Everything is soggy and muddy, and even the dog is not keen on going outside, but I did manage to harvest a little during one of Mother Nature's short breaks:



I have to admit that the idea of being self-supplying is very appealing to me. In an ideal world, I would have free-range cows, pigs, goats, a wood stove fed with maintenance cut-offs from our living fences, a windmill to give us electricity, solar heating, earth heating, and to hook up the old well as a drinking supply again.

All of this is not feasible at the moment. Either it is too expensive, or too much hassle, or both. I was considering goats earlier this year, but I am not up for all the work required regarding ear-tags, registration, matings, transpotation, fencing, and butchering. So for now it is home-grown eggs, fruits and veggies, plus meat from our neighbour who has a small hobby production of charolais cattle that live a happy life on the field across from us.