Helene, Alberto and I joined Circulo Bellas Artes this month so we could start attending their figure drawing sessions. We’ve been going twice a week. I’ve been working small, 6”x6” and alternating between my brush pens, water colors and my fountain pen. 

I think the last time I attended a figure drawing class was a Dr. Sketchy’s in LA, maybe five years ago? Having fun getting back into it.

Allotment update! This catches us up to the beginning of September. 

I found this giant plastic tub in the trash and we finally found a use for it! All the squashes (zucchini, pumpkin and some melons) all outgrew their tiny window pots so we gave them this giant tub to duke it out for dominance. I was so excited that they were doing so well, but now Helen tells me they won’t bear fruit unless we manually pollinate them! I was not prepared for this level of intimacy with our plants. Now I’m reading up on husbandry.

We finally got proper window boxes! Right now they’re home to peas which I hope will crawl their way up the bars.

Another finally - transplanted the peppers about a month late, not sure if anything will come of them at this point.

You can’t see it in the pic but the strawberries are flowering! Like 3 months out of season but who cares! Possible first crop ever in this endeavor. Also there’s a weed in there, if anyone knows their leaves and can fill us in. I haven’t plucked it because I’m just so happy when anything grows in this house.

Now that the little window pots were empty I’ve planted a bunch of seeds, arugula, mustard seed, thyme, some flowers, we’ll see what happens before the cold gets here.

Our sunflowers are still going, one in the living room window and four up in Pierce and Helene’s bedroom. There’s also one surprise holdover carrot that’s flourishing, could there actually be a carrot below the dirt?

Pierce’s mutant avocado is absorbing it’s twin.

While we were in the hospital Pierce and Helene moved the desk into their room and the study became more of a proper baby-room. I was working in their room one afternoon and captured some lovely sunset light across their cactus/succulent garden.

As I mentioned in the previous allotment update, two of the avocados didn’t survive their transplant. I blame the dollar-store dirt. Growing squash in tiny window pots was kind of funny, but ultimately successful! We can’t grow mint from seed, but this proud mint plant grew strong from some dried mint-tea leaves? I don’t understand mint. I probably should have transplanted the pepper seedlings by this point, we lost some from waiting too long. The strawberry suddenly came back to life again after a month of lying dormant, I assume from the shock of transplanting.

Bonus pic: Pierce’s two-headed mutant avocado tree.

Today’s the day! 
Tuesday, August 5th at 9pm East Coast Time on NBC you can see Abigail perform our Aerial Animation act live at Radio City Music Hall for America’s Got Talent!My animation will be projected on an enormous screen in front of thousands of people in the theater and millions of people at home and online.
Wild!
Please watch and share and vote! 
You can vote up to 30 times: 10 times via NBC.com and Facebook, 10 times via Google Search (just search for “AGT”), and 10 times via telephone calling the number given for Abigail on the show.
Then we find out tomorrow if she advances to the semi-finals!

Today’s the day! 

Tuesday, August 5th at 9pm East Coast Time on NBC you can see Abigail perform our Aerial Animation act live at Radio City Music Hall for America’s Got Talent!

My animation will be projected on an enormous screen in front of thousands of people in the theater and millions of people at home and online.

Wild!

Please watch and share and vote! 

You can vote up to 30 times: 10 times via NBC.com and Facebook, 10 times via Google Search (just search for “AGT”), and 10 times via telephone calling the number given for Abigail on the show.

Then we find out tomorrow if she advances to the semi-finals!

Allotment update! Helene’s sunflowers are leaping out of their pots!

Of the seedlings in the egg cartons, the cucumbers grew the fastest so they got dibs on four fresh pots (goodbye Oregano, Camomile and mystery seed).

The carrots are growing like grass so I thinned them out a bit. The arugula and mustard grew and died so quick in the egg cartons that I never got a chance to replant them. So I’m going to try a different approach with them and just sprinkle a bunch in a larger pot and let them grow wild. 

The new avocado tree continues to impress, the old avocado tree continues it’s march to the bin. If I had a garden I could just plant off to the side somewhere and forget about it for a few years to see if it came back, but with pots, real-estate is ruthless, I can’t let a tree hang out in a primo pot not doing anything when there are so many sprouted avocado seeds waiting their turn.

This is turning into a social-political metaphor and it’s making me feel terrible. 

Did a lot of work on the allotment last weekend: set up one greenhouse with egg cartons and loads of seeds, clipped the old avocado tree because it wasn’t dead but it had been stunted for 6+ months without a single new leaf, so we’ll see what happens. If there’s no sign of life in the next few weeks we might give its pot to the next avocado seedling in line.

I got a load of silly seeds in Valencia, including pumpkins and squashes and carrots. We also got some free wildflower seeds embedded in paper attached to a bottle of red wine?

Then Helene bought sunflower seeds and we got excited and planted all of them!

Shortly after the last corner picture was taken we had to throw away the daisy because of aphids. Terrifying.

Tune in this weekend for SPROUTS AND SEEDLINGS. Exciting times.